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Transportation
8:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 5:30 pm

Oregon lawmakers say they want more answers before they'll agree to proceed with a plan to build a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Aerospace
10:57 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Battery Smokes – Again

After nearly a year of no problems with its batteries, a Boeing 787 battery started smoking on Tuesday.
Credit Boeing Photo

Japan Airlines has yet again grounded one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets after the plane's lithium ion battery started smoking.

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EarthFix Analysis
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Few Railcars Carrying Flammable Oil Get Inspected

A small percentage of trains carrying hazardous materials are inspected as they move through Oregon and Washington. Safety advocates and legislators are more concerned about what federal regulations allow than the fewer than 1 percent of cars found with safety violations.
Credit Flickr Photo/Russ Allison

As we researched a recent story about train shipments of oil, we asked Washington and Oregon officials: How many of the trains coming through the Northwest are inspected?

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Transportation
8:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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Transportation
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

More Pathways Needed To Cross The Ship Canal

The Ship Canal Bridge with downtown Seattle in the background.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Munincipal Archives

Marcie Sillman talks with Ben Schiendelman about the growing need for increased transportation across the Lake Washington ship canal.

Transportation
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Anything But Boring: Bertha Updates

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

Ross Reynolds gets an update from WSDOT Highway 99 Program Administrator Matt Preedy on how and when Bertha will move forward, and who is going to pay for it.

Park And Pay
7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Washington Wants More Disabled Drivers To Pay For Parking

Flickr Photo/Richard Cassan

A state work group is arguing that more people with disabilities should feed the parking meter. Currently, anyone with a disabilities placard can park for free.

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Viaduct Project
4:11 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's Blocking Bertha? Probably An 8-Inch Steel Pipe

A glimpse of the steel pipe burrowing into Bertha.
Credit WSDOT Photo

An 8-inch-wide steel pipe.

That’s what is likely blocking Bertha, the boring machine creating a tunnel through downtown Seattle to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Transportation
2:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

SDOT Projects Depend Upon Bertha's Advance

Bertha carved just over 1,000 feet before getting stuck in December and has not moved since.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

Marcie Sillman talks with Jon Layzer, director of major projects for the Seattle Department of Transportation, about how city capital projects are intricately connected to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.

International Rescue
10:23 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Antarctic Rescue: Chinese Vessel 'May Now Be Stuck In Ice'

Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy (pictured) has been stuck in thick Antarctic ice since Dec. 24. Now the Xue Long, a Chinese ship sent to aid in the rescue of the passengers, is also caught.
Credit AP Photo/Andrew Peacock

The Chinese ice-breaker that helped rescue passengers stranded on the Akademik Shokalskiy vessel in Antarctica may now itself be stuck.

An Australian ice-breaker carrying the rescued passengers has been placed on standby in case the Chinese ship, Xue Long, needs assistance.

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Transportation
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Proposed Changes To Free Parking For The Disabled

Flickr Photo/visualrhetor

Jeannie Yandel checks in with Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Daily Herald about recommended changes to Washington state's free parking placards for people with disabilities.

Transportation Budget
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

No Deal On Washington Gas Tax Package, Talks To Resume In January

Governor Jay Inslee has a light moment with transportation co-chair Senator Curtis King, R-Yakima after announcing there is no deal on a gas tax package.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 7:50 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s hopes for a gas tax package agreement before the end of the year have been dashed.

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State Legislature
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tis' The Season Of Inaction In Olympia

Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how many of Gov. Inslee's pet projects aren't getting off the ground.

Transportation
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Transportation Companies Disagree About Proposed Ride-Sharing Regulations

Eastside for Hire offers taxis around the greater Seattle area.
Flickr Photo/Kevin R Boyd

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Seattle, and Sam Guled, president of Eastside For Hire, about the Seattle City Council's proposal to regulate ride-sharing.

Transportation
7:53 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars

Commuter Steve Marsh (left) of Kent, Wash. was honored Monday as the first in the nation to log 100,000 miles on an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:57 pm

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again.

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