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Transportation
4:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

As A First State To Regulate Ridesharing, California Offers Its Progress

Cars for the ridesharing company, Lyft, can be identified by the pink mustaches placed on the front bumper.
Flickr Photo/Bill Rosenfeld (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Said about California's state-wide rideshare regulations. Said talks about how they are playing out in San Francisco and what Seattle's proposed driver caps could mean for rideshare companies all over.

Local Issues
3:11 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Mayor Murray Talks Police Reform, Cracking Viaduct And Minimum Wage

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about restoring the Seattle Police Department's reputation, new cracks in the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the latest progress on the minimum wage debate.

Pedestrian Signals
1:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Seattle’s Crosswalk ‘Chirps’ Being Killed Off By ‘Rapid Ticks’

The small speakers at certain intersections in Seattle emit a tone to signal when it is safe to cross for the blind or visually impaired.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Of the nearly 1,050 traffic signals in Seattle, about 100 have audible traffic signals. Pedestrians who have gotten used to the chirps and cuckoo sounds are contending with a new tone. So far, multiple people have described the new “rapid ticks” as jarring, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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SR 99 Tunnel
7:57 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Bertha's Very Bad Week, A Timeline

Tunneling crews discuss their progress as they operate Bertha in November 2013. Inch-by-inch progress data is collected and analyzed by dozens of monitors on the 57.5-foot-diameter machine as it tunnels its way beneath Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been hard to get straight answers about what forced Bertha, the world's largest tunnel machine, to halt. It began boring July 30, 2013, and when Bertha broke down in December, it was ahead of schedule. Since then, the machine has been mostly idle beneath the Seattle waterfront. Project officials still haven't publicly identified a root cause.

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News From Olympia
2:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Columbia River Bridge Project Killed As End Of Legislative Session Nears

Flickr Photo/Washington State Dept of Transportation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with OPB Salem reporter Chris Lehman and KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the end of the Columbia River Crossing bridge project. Also Austin discusses what to expect as the Washington State Legislature wraps up its session this Thursday.

Northwest Railway
8:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola

Kyle Griffith explains the proposed gondola route that would take people across town.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Kyle Griffith’s family owns the Great Wheel on Pier 57. The Griffiths have been in business on the Seattle waterfront since the 1960s.

Now the family is hoping to build a gondola that would run along Union Street from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to the waterfront with a stop at Pike Place Market.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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Bertha Woes
6:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Six Months Needed To Repair Seattle Tunnel Machine

Chris Dixon of Seattle Tunnel Partners
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Seattle's tunnel builders say getting their world-record tunnel machine going again will take at least six more months.

The tunnel machine known as Bertha has sat largely motionless for nearly three months since it overheated in early December.

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Limits On Rideshares
9:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Seattle's Proposed Rideshare Compromise Appears To Satisfy No One

Taxi drivers say they are suffering because of illegal rideshares; rideshare companies say new limits will hurt their businesses.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A Seattle City Council committee has voted to impose limits on rideshare companies Thursday night. The council’s compromise seemed to disappoint everyone, from rideshare companies to taxi owners.

The council’s committee on taxi regulations has been wrestling with how to regulate rideshares like Lyft and UberX for months.

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Transportation
3:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New App Helps Seattle Taxis Compete With Rideshare Services

Flickr Photo/Amancay Maahs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel, about how the company's new smartphone app allows users in the Seattle area to arrange, track and pay for taxi rides.

Transportation
4:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Train Sublime: What The Future Holds For High-Speed Rail System

Tom Zoellner's book "Train."

Steve Scher talks with author Tom Zoellner about his book "Train" and the latest developments of the high-speed intercity passenger rail system.

Transportation
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Portland Offers Advice As Kirkland Considers Air Gondolas

Traveling at 22 mph, the Portland Aerial Tram carries passengers between the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital and the South Waterfront District in Portland.
Flickr Photo/mhiran1 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Brett Dodson, manager of the Portland Aerial Tram, about how Portland's take on air gondolas has worked for the Rose City.

Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

SR 99 Tunnel Project
9:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come?

The Alaskan Way Viaduct section of state Route 99 is being replaced by a tunnel under downtown Seattle and will be partially paid for with toll revenues.
Credit Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Anyone who's hosted a party has probably had that panicky feeling beforehand: What if you throw a big party and nobody comes?

State transportation officials face a similar worry: What if after they build a $3.1 billion underground highway to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, not enough people use it?

Build It And They Won't Come?

The state Legislature has decreed that tolls have to pay for $200 million of the state Route 99 tunnel's construction cost.

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