transportation

A picture of the Kalakala ferry from 2001.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Knute Berger, columnist for Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, about the final demise of the famed art deco ferry, the Kalakala.

File photo of oil train tankers in a Portland, Ore. railyard.
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SEATTLE — For the past few years, a growing number of trains have been bringing “rolling pipelines” of oil from North Dakota to ports and refineries in the Pacific Northwest.

And in that time, the Washington and Oregon legislatures have failed to come up with the money to pay for the cost of responding to the increasing risk of oil spills in their states. That could change in 2015.

Why We Keep 'Losing' Airplanes

Dec 30, 2014

As the search continues for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, The Daily Beast’s aviation expert Clive Irving writes that the plane’s disappearance is an unnecessary tragedy because the technology exists to track and find missing airplanes sooner.

Irving joins Here & Nows Lisa Mullins to discuss why the technologies aren’t being used.

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She loves dirt and hates sunlight. Seattle Magazine named her one of 2013’s most influential people, except she’s not really a person. She’s Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle.

Her profile on the Washington State Department of Transportation site lists her occupation as a tunneling specialist, but right now she’s stuck and has been since December 6. In light of her current predicament, the decision to name the machine, and thus humanize it, could be a shrewd move.

A Washington State ferry travels to Friday Harbor.
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Travelers to the San Juan Islands have always had to cope with uncertainty. Up to now there’s been no way to guarantee a spot on a particular ferry.

But Washington ferries are now taking reservations for the San Juan Islands. The first ferries to fill up under the new system leave Monday morning.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Ships and planes have resumed the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday. The search efforts, which were suspended overnight, picked up again at dawn, The Associated Press reports.

Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, says the plane has likely crashed into the ocean, Reuters reports. Soelistyo calls that an "initial estimation."

Stop 'Spreading' Bad Manners On Public Transit

Dec 24, 2014
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Men who ride the New York City subway will soon be seeing signs asking them to "stop the spread." As in: Stop spreading your legs so wide when you sit down on the subway, dude. You’re taking up way too much space. 

It's part of a campaign that goes after all kinds of rude behavior on public transit. Jeannie Yandel asked Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray whether we face a similar problem in the Puget Sound region.

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

A coalition in Oregon and the Democratic governor of Washington want to juice sales of electric cars by providing more state incentives.

Washington drivers currently pay a gas tax every time they pump, but the state is considering a new option to fund roads projects.
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There’s hundreds of millions of dollars in backlog for repairs to Washington roads, and according to Mark Hallenbeck, director of the University of Washington’s Transportation Center, the gas tax won’t cover the cost.

The Washington State Transportation Commission is considering a different option: pay-by-mile.

Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a new transportation plan at a Eastside Transit Project site atop SR520 on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
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Governor Jay Inslee has been traveling around the state to unveil portions of his budget proposal. Tuesday morning he stopped in Medina, where workers are completing the Eastside Transit Project atop the 520 floating bridge, to announce his transportation plan.

File photo.
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Ross Reynolds talks with David Roberts, a blogger for Grist, about a clean fuel standard. 

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Ross Reynolds talks to Lynn Peterson, secretary of transportation for WSDOT, about solutions to ease congestion on the highway, including adding tolls.

The hole built to rescue Bertha, the deep boring machine.
WSDOT webcam

  Much of Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood has sunk an inch or more, according to a map released by state transportation officials on Thursday.

The sinking is greatest next to a 120-foot-deep pit being dug to rescue the broken-down tunnel machine known as Bertha. There, the ground has sunk 1.4 inches.

Areas more than a quarter mile away from the pit have sunk by half an inch or more.

Uber modified the Portland City Mark (as seen here), prompting a cease-and-desist letter from the City of Portland for trademark violation. It was one of a number of legal actions taken against the company. Uber has since removed the image from their blog
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Aaron Mesh, news reporter for the Willamette Week, about why the City of Portland is suing Uber, the San Francisco-based ridesharing company. The city has sought an injunction against the company and sent two cease-and-desist letters -- one for violations of city code, and another for trademark violation in the use of the Portland City Mark.

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