transportation

Structurally Deficient
11:19 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Transportation Group Fears Funding Collapse For Bridge Repair

Crews survey the scene of a bridge collapse on Interstate 5 on May 23, 2013 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. There are currently 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., and funding to fix them is running out. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

There are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges across the U.S., and the fund to fix them is drying up, according to a new report from the trade group American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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Public Transit
10:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

King County Voters Reject Prop. 1

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center, about the impact of the vote on Proposition 1.

Megaprojects
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

No More Tunneling By Bertha Until March 2015

Drilling crews started on Friday and plan to continue around the clock for a month, injecting a cement-water mix into the ground where a shaft will be dug to expose the front of the stalled tunnel machine.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling for another 10 months. Digging is now forecast to resume in March 2015.

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Seattle 2035
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Building Seattle's Future Around Transit

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Josh Brower, member of the Seattle Planning Commission, about how the transit focus might affect his neighborhood in Beacon Hill.

The transit focus is one of the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

Transportation Crisis
9:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents

A State Patrol post blocks cars from traveling west on state Route 530 out of Darrington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.

As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work.  Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.

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Transportation
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold

Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ridesharing service Lyft, adjusts the furry mustache drivers display on their cars when they are working, as she starts a shift in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote.

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Community Hardship
7:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

For Darrington And Oso, A Long Road Back To Normal

In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross Volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

The shock is wearing off in Darrington and Oso.

Nearly a month after the devastating mudslide destroyed a neighborhood and wiped out the highway between the two towns, people are trying to find a "new normal" in a place where nothing will be the same again.

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Seattle 2035
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard

Downtown Ballard.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sean Oliver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, Seattle 2035.

City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit.

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Public Transportation
11:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close'

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Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state.

Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects.

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April Election
11:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride?

Metro Transit operator Lisa Nault says there's a free shuttle downtown as an alternative after the ride free zone ended, but no one knows about it.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Low-income transit passengers say the last few years have been difficult in King County with multiple fare increases and the end of the ride free zone in Seattle. But they are torn about whether to support Proposition 1, which would raise taxes in order to maintain existing Metro transit service.

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Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Author Interview
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Way To Go: Kate Ascher On Transportation And Infrastructure

Credit Kate Ascher's book, "The Way to Go."

Steve Scher sits down with urban development consultant Kate Ascher to talk about her new book, "The Way To Go: Moving By Land, Sea and Air."

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

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Transportation
8:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

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Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

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