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Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Progress Is Being Made On Transportation Package?

Flickr Photo/Lee LeFever

Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the State Senate's transportation proposal and when we will see a transportation package.

Fuel
11:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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Special Session Closes
3:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

King County's Response To Stalled Transporation Package

Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Marcie Sillman speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about how the county hopes to address transportation funding in light of the state legislature not taking up a transportation package before closing the special session over the weekend.

Business And Transportation
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Boeing Incentives Signed; Washington Lawmakers Turn To Roads

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Transportation
3:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Metro To Cut 74 Bus Routes If State Doesn’t Come Through

Metro tweeted this image of bus routes that are scheduled to be cut by mid-2014.
Credit Metro King County Photo

In a dramatic announcement on Thursday, Metro announced its plans to cut 74 bus routes by mid-2014 in response to the state's inability to pass a transportation package. Another 107 routes would be changed.

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Transportation
7:22 am
Tue October 29, 2013

'Keep Kids Safe' Could Join Long List Of Defunct Oregon License Plates

A sample copy of the "Keep Kids Safe" plate.
Oregon DMV

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 4:11 pm

An Oregon license plate meant to raise money for child abuse prevention programs could soon be canceled due to lack of interest.

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Driving
11:55 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too

Reverse commuters, include Kathy LeVeque (in the foreground), wait for an approaching outbound Metra commuter train at the Mayfair neighborhood stop on Chicago's northwest side.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:49 am

It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.

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Scenic Commutes
12:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

How To Solve A Sky-High Commuting Conundrum

Commuters headed to Oregon Health and Science University use cars, bikes and streetcars to connect with Portland's aerial tram, which whisks them up and over south waterfront neighborhoods.
David P. Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:03 pm

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

Imagine a hospital on top of a mountain. How would doctors and patients get in and out? In Portland, Ore., commuters don't have to drive up a twisty, two-lane road to get there. Instead, they glide up 500 feet in the air in a gleaming silver gondola.

Portland's aerial tram connects the south waterfront down near the river to the Oregon Health and Science University on top of Marquam Hill.

For nurse Sara Hone, it has changed her commute. "I love it. I can't imagine a time without it," she says.

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Transportation
11:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars

A mechanic repairs a bike at Calmera bike shop in Madrid in September. As car sales slump across Europe, bicycle sales in Spain are outpacing cars — a trend seen across much of the Continent.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 1:11 pm

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.

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Elections 2013
8:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

McGinn, Murray Revive Tunnel Feud In TV Debate

Screen shot of Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray in their first televised debate of the Seattle mayor's race

In their first televised debate on KING5 TV, Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray engaged in a sharp but mostly civil exchange over housing, transportation, and police reform, among other things. 

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Commuter Tracking
10:33 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Not So Fast, Cyclists. State Is Counting You For Annual Bike Count

Fred Strong and Laura LeBlanc volunteer for Washington's annual bike and pedestrian count at a corner on Capitol Hill.
Tom Hajduk

Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.

On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.

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Suburban Transit
12:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic

The Bellevue Downtown Association hosted a forum for three City Council seats on the November ballot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.

Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.

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News
8:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Seattle May Embrace, Regulate Rideshare Companies

Taxi driver Jagjit Singh told Seattle City Council that drivers don't have a level playing field with other rideshare services.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is trying to determine how it should handle new rideshare companies that compete with taxis. Council members told a packed meeting Thursday they are leaning towards embracing — and regulating — them.

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Transportation
12:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00

Flickr Photo/WSDOT

A new tolling proposal would ask drivers to pay as little as $1.00 for taking the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle. During morning and evening commutes, rates would jump to $1.25. A state advisory committee is hoping the proposal will strike a balance between tolling revenues and potential traffic diversion.

Two years ago, when the tunnel plan was approved by voters, the proposed tolling rates were as high as $3.00 during peak hours. Under that plan, traffic planners were concerned that high tolling rates would divert too many cars onto downtown streets. Maud Daudon is co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management. She's also president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She talked with Ross Reynolds.

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