transportation

David Hyde speaks with Washington state Representative Reuven Caryle (D-Queen Anne) about the Aurora Bridge collision. 

How many Oregon bridges will hold up in a major earthquake?

New data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals at least part of the answer. The results aren't pretty for a region facing 1-in-3 odds of a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years.

ODOT data details the seismic vulnerability of bridges under state control. The data focuses on “lifeline” routes, or routes deemed critical to emergency services and necessary for “rapid economic recovery after a disaster."

Washington state officials are moving faster on a scheduled inspection of the amphibious fleet that had a vehicle involved in a fatal crash Thursday on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle.

North Seattle College international students Max Putera and Jeffrey Tung.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Monday will be the first day of school for North Seattle College. The students in the international program will have a lot more than school on their minds. They’ll be thinking about the four students who died in a bus crash on the Aurora bridge Thursday.

An injured person is taken from the scene of the Aurora Bridge bus crash on Sept. 24, 2015
KUOW photo/Liz Jones

UPDATE, 3;10 p.m.: A duck amphibious tour vehicle swerved into a charter bus carrying international students on the Aurora Bridge Thursday. At least four people died and dozens were injured, emergency officials said.

At least 44 people were taken to hospitals.

Hey Bridge Tender! Why Do You Keep Raising The Bridge?

Sep 22, 2015
Bridge tender David Leask has worked in the control tower at the Ballard Bridge for 18 years.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

“What is a day in the life of a Seattle bridge tender?”

Laura Osterbrock of Magnolia asked that question as part of KUOW’s Local Wonder project.

Part of the answer: Sometimes they watch drivers throw fits as the bridge starts to rise.

“Some drivers do interact, with their hand signals,” said Ballard Bridge tender David Leask with a bit of a shrug. “You hear them screaming sometimes.”

Speed limits are going up on many eastern Oregon highways next year. But higher speeds will mean fewer chances to pass on the region's two-lane roads.

Jurassic Parklet Shakes Up Seattle Park(ing) Day

Sep 18, 2015
Disaster-ready Stephanie Velasco shows Jurassic Parklet to other UW students.
KUOW Photo/Allie Ferguson

 

Over 50 mini parks have popped up around Seattle streets today. It's for PARK-ing day, an annual international event where people can make over parking spots with park greenery, fun and games.  KUOW's Allie Ferguson talks to University of Washington student Stephanie Velasco about the park she helped create: Jurassic Park-let.

Architect Rico Quirindongo.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Seattle Waterfront is going to change dramatically when the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. So what’s going to happen to all the low-income people who hang out on the waterfront now? That’s one of the questions being asked at a public symposium Thursday afternoon about designing an equitable waterfront. It’s part of the Seattle Design Festival.

More Details Emerge On Portland's Bike Rental Program

Sep 16, 2015

The City of Portland unveiled more details Wednesday about its new bike rental proposal.

About 600 bikes will be rented for about $2.50 per half-hour. That’s cheaper than most of the 65 similar programs around the nation.

But the city hopes to make up the difference with annual memberships. Those will likely cost $10 to $15 a month.

Commissioner Nick Fish expects the program to do well.

“The big deciding point for me is family trips to other cities where this has been a huge success," he said.

In Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood, where the monkeys live, perhaps a barrel of monkey toys?
KUOW Photo Illustration/Gil Aegerter with Flickr photo/Mykl Roventine (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Seattle is making it easier for neighborhoods to customize crosswalks.

The idea started in June, when the city painted rainbow crosswalks in gay-friendly Capitol Hill ahead of Seattle Pride festivities. 

Kids on the picket lines in Seattle.
Courtesy of @QAMassage via Twitter

What will bring striking Seattle teachers back to the bargaining table? What's next for Washington state's charter schools? Should Seattle approve a near billion dollar transportation levy? And if you work at Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing or another big local company, are you getting an illegal perk if your landlord cuts you a deal on rent?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with KIRO 7’s Essex Porter, Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center and ‘The C is For Crank’ blogger Erica C. Barnett.

Mosquito fleet steamers are seen at Houghton, Wash., in 1945.
Courtesy of MOHAI

Jeannie Yandel speaks to Leonard Garfield, director of the Museum of History and Industry, about a time when Seattleites got around on a "swarm of little steamers" known as the Mosquito Fleet.

Shoppers cross Fifth Avenue in Seattle during the Christmas season, 1954.
Flickr photo/IMLS Digital Collections & Content (CC BY 2.0)

Drivers soon won’t be able to turn right on red lights at 10 intersections in downtown Seattle – part of a plan meant to protect pedestrians.

The changes will affect drivers on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues (see map below).

The ferry Leschi arrives at the Kirkland dock on Lake Washington in April 1946.
Kirkland Heritage Society, City of Kirkland/Charles Morgan Negative

Marcie Sillman speaks with King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski about his proposal to introduce passenger ferries to carry commuters across Lake Washington.

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