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U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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Transportation
2:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Seattle Bike Sharing To Roll Out In September

Credit Flickr Photo/Shelley Bernstein (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.

EarthFix Reports
6:15 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Urged To Support Oil Train Funding, Northwest Senator Seeks Answers

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, left, and Jeff Merkley met with local officials in Portland to discuss oil train safety earlier this year. Now they're calling for a new fund devoted to it.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Fellow U.S. senators are calling on Washington’s Patty Murray to support major investments in oil train safety, but first she wants some answers.

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Transportation
9:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:11 pm

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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Elections
7:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Popular King County Bus Routes On The Chopping Block If Prop. 1 Fails

King County Metro buses are facing cuts if Proposition 1 fails to pass. Of those lines facing possible extinction, routes 4, 21 and 72 have the highest ridership, each moving thousands of riders per day.
Credit Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-SA)

King County Metro says if voters don’t approve Proposition 1, the agency will have to cut 70 bus routes. The three most popular lines on the chopping block are routes 4, 21 and 72.

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Parties On Wheels
6:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

After Fatalities Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:12 pm

These days an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.

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Transportation
11:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Prop 1 Debate: King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

If passed, the measure would levy a 0.1 sales tax increase and raise the car tab fee to $60.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jeff Youngstrom (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher moderates a debate over the upcoming King County special election ballot measure. If Proposition 1 passes, it would increase the annual car tab fee to $60 and raise the county's sales tax by 0.1 percent or 10 cents on a $100 purchase for 10 years. If it fails, King County Metro Transit predicts it will have to cut service by 17 percent.

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Lawsuit
4:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Seattle Cab Drivers Sue Ridesharing Company Uber

Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Dawn Gearhart, spokesperson for Teamsters Local 117, about why the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association has filed a lawsuit against the app-based transportation company Uber for unlawful and deceptive business practices.

The Week In Review
1:35 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

KOMO Helicopter Crash, State Ferries, And Minimum Wage Phase-In Proposal

The KOMO news helicopter crash killed two and injured one on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he'll review the city's regulations on helicopter use following Tuesday's crash of a KOMO News helicopter that killed two and injured one. Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley announces his resignation. Plus, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says she'll support a gradual phase-in of the $15 minimum wage for small businesses and nonprofits. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Safer Streets
9:18 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly

Cars and pedestrians compete for space in a busy Rainier Valley crosswalk.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians.

A study conducted by a group of graduate students at the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2013 found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.

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State Transportation
4:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Financial Structure, Safety Among The Challeges Facing New Ferry Director

WSDOT Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley announced his resignation this week..
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Douglas MacDonald, former Secretary of Transportation for Washington and current contributing writer for Crosscut. MacDonald talks about the challenges awaiting the new director of the Washington State Ferries. Current director David Moseley resigned earlier this week. His last day is April 15.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
4:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Search For Missing Jet Focuses On Objects Seen Off Australia

This map adds in routes that investigators believe Malaysia Flight 370 might have taken.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:14 am

This post is being updated.

Satellite images showing objects floating in the Indian Ocean have focused the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board to an area about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

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Transportation
5:03 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Washington State Ferries Chief To Resign

David Moseley, the head of Washington State Ferries, with Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:07 pm

David Moseley, the head of Washington State Ferries, announced Tuesday that he will step down on April 15 after six years on the job.

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Road Caps
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle Passes Limits To Ridesharing, Uber Not Pleased

Uber has been fighting against caps on their cars by the Seattle City Council, a measure that was unanimously voted through on Monday.
From Uber's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager for Seattle Uber, about the new limits to ridesharing Seattle's City Council passed Monday.

Rideshare Services
9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars

Drivers and supporters of app-based rideshare service UberX pack Seattle City Council chambers.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.

Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate.

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