transportation

Bikesharing had a big impact when it was introduced in New York City. Now that it's in Seattle, will it change transportation in the city?
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Janette Sadik-Khan is an internationally-acclaimed transportation expert. She was widely heralded for the innovations she brought to New York City when she served as its transportation commissioner.

In her quest to improve mass transit, make the city more walkable and increase bike ridership she realized “people are not going to walk or bike if they don't feel safe doing so.”

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his alternative transportation levy proposal. The mayor's transportation levy aims to raise $930 million over nine years through property taxes. Licata says that's not the way to go. 

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Transportation Director Scott Kubly about the city's proposed $930 million transportation levy. 

Distracted Driving Goes Beyond Texting

Jun 1, 2015
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Dr. Beth Ebel, a physician at Harborview Medical Center and an expert on distracted driving, about what can distract us when we drive and what happens in our brain when we try to split our attention.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

A jet takes off from Sea-Tac airport
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International travel from Sea-Tac Airport is expected to grow by a quarter over the next five years. So the Port of Seattle is getting serious about expanding facilities for international passengers.

You’d think airlines would be happy about that, but many of them went to the Port Commission meeting Tuesday to protest. 

First Hill Streetcar on display in March, 2015.
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Testing of Seattle's new streetcar project is underway. The multi-million dollar project is more than year behind schedule.

The sound of one of the new streetcars chugging was heard along at low speed on the new two and a half mile route this week.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

An all-female United Airlines crew celebrates picking up a new Boeing 737-900.
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It’s a first for United Airlines.

On Wednesday morning, an all-woman crew and a plane full of female United employees took possession of a new airplane.

It happened at Boeing Field early this morning.

Tesoro Announces Rail Car Upgrades

May 19, 2015

Oil company Tesoro announced Monday it’s upgrading the fleet of tank cars it uses to carry crude oil by rail.

The company moves crude oil by train through the Pacific Northwest to its refinery in Anacortes, Washington.

Officials with the company said it will add 210 “enhanced” tank cars. According to Tesoro executives, the new tank cars exceed federal standards announced earlier this month.

The challenge of strategizing the best route to work against the herd of other drivers can be as routine as the daily commute itself. A number of apps are out there to help shortcut one's route and evade traffic jams. But which ones are the most accurate? And how?

The All Tech Considered team put a few competing traffic apps to the test in Robert Siegel's usual short commute from Arlington, Va., to NPR's D.C. headquarters.

The Test Drive

This ride is about 15 minutes in no traffic. But it's now morning rush hour.

A cyclist rolls down University Way Northeast in Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, about what a "sharrow" is, how it helped knock Seattle off the top-10 list of most bikeable cities in America and why she thinks that's a very "healthy" change.

One key safety feature was missing from the stretch of track where an Amtrak passenger train going more than 100 mph derailed and killed seven people.

Investigators say that if positive train control had been installed on that stretch, the technology could have automatically slowed the train and perhaps saved lives.

NPR's David Schaper tells our Newscast unit that Amtrak and other railroads are behind schedule in rolling out the technology.

He filed this report:

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has withdrawn his support for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River.

That's bad news for the $500 million project proposed by Pembina Pipeline Corp. of Canada. The project needs a zone change from the city of Portland. The issue is scheduled to come before the city council June 10.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces revisions on a $930 million transportation package the wants to go to voters in November
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday he’s making changes to the nearly billion-dollar transportation package that will go to voters in November.

He wants to spend more money than he had originally had proposed: The $900 million proposal he announced in March has now grown to $930 million.

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