transportation

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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Public Transportation
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force"

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro Transit bus driver Linda Averill about why she's opposed to the proposed contract between King County and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

What Stopped Bertha?
4:55 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boring Bertha Digs Through Layers Of Seattle History

An inside view of Bertha, the multi-million dollar tunneling machine.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

The most plausible theory about what stopped Bertha, the tunneling machine digging its way through downtown until last Saturday, is also the most boring.

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Georgetown Live, Part One
12:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'An Exceptionally Tight-knit Community'

Chef Matt Dillon's restaurant The Corson Building.
Flickr Photo/The Kozy Shack

The Record kicks off Georgetown Live with the district's unofficial historian, metro issues, an artistic uprising and a unique dining experience.

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Transportation
12:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Proposed Regulations To Curb Seattle Ride-Sharing

Ride-sharing company Lyft distinguishes itself with a fuzzy pink mustache on participants' cars.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

David Hyde talks with president of the Seattle City Council Sally Clark about the proposals to rein in ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar.

SR 99 Tunnel
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Sawmill Grinders And Old Piers: A Historian Talks About What Could Be in Bertha's Path

Previous development of Seattle's waterfront may have left behind impediments to Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.
Flickr Photo/Tender Young Pony of Insomnia

Marcie Sillman talks with Jennifer Ott of HistoryLink.org about one possible cause of the SR 99 tunneling machine’s blockage: leftovers from Seattle's historical waterfront development.

For other, more humorous, theories check out our What's Blocking Bertha? compilation.

Drivers Ed
7:31 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Watching For 'Spray' And Other Tips For Navigating Icy Roads

File photo. Winter is just arriving and potentially icy commutes could be around for months in the Northwest.
Michael @ NW Lens Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:46 pm

The Northwest’s deep freeze is over for most of the region, but snow remains in some areas and winter is just arriving. That means more cold temperatures and potentially icy commutes in the months ahead.

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Costs Of Biking
2:22 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible

Bike-sharing is increasingly popular. But those who need it most often have the least access to it.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 10:51 am

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.

Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.

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Price At The Pump
9:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Utilities Want To Offer Natural Gas Truck Refueling, Competitors Object

Clean Energy operates this CNG filling station near the airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Trucking fleet operators in the Northwest are showing growing interest in filling up with natural gas instead of diesel.

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SR 99 Tunnel
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

What's In Bertha's Way?

Bertha, the drilling machine digging out the SR 99 tunnel, has run up against an unknown impediment.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom about what may have halted Bertha, the huge tunneling machine in charge of digging the new SR 99 tunnel.

Mass Transit
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Resurrection Of The Monorail Initiative

Flickr Photo/Andy Nash

David Hyde discusses the movement behind the latest monorail initiative with Eric Scigliano, contributing editor for Crosscut.com.

Transportation
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Seattle Gets A Revised Bicycle Master Plan

BIKE DOTS are pavement markings for signed bicycle routes. Unlike sharrows, bicycle dots are not intended to provide guidance on bicycle positioning but are a tool to provide wayfinding.
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Aken, principal planner at the Cascade Bicycle Club, about Seattle's revised bicycle master plan.

Bike To Work
2:44 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains

L.A. Bike Trains brings together groups of five to 10 cyclists who commute en masse.
Courtesy of Bruce Chan

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 7:04 am

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."

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