Transportation

The Alaskan Way Viaduct sends cars streaming past Seattle's waterfront.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington, about whether the $16 billion state transportation package will make your commute better.

Oregon House Passes Bill To Boost Speed Limits

Jul 2, 2015

Speed limits throughout eastern Oregon could increase under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

Vancouver Votes On Transportation Levy

Jul 1, 2015
The Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio (CC BY 2.0)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about a referendum in Vancouver asking voters to approve a tax hike to fund a multibillion-dollar transportation plan. And we hear what Canadians have planned for Canada Day.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign a new two-year budget into law Tuesday, just in time to avert a partial government shutdown.

Washington’s gas tax would go up nearly 12 cents per gallon to fund road projects under a deal struck between Democrats and Republicans.

Seattleites Weigh In On Transit Projects

Jun 26, 2015

If you want to get someone from Seattle talking, ask them about transit. They’ll tell you how they really feel. That’s what Sound Transit found out during this week’s public forum, part of a larger campaign to get the public involved in transportation planning.

An Oregon legislative panel has signed off on a plan that would ensure the state's passenger rail service will run at least two more years along the I-5 corridor.

A pedestrian crosses Lake City Way near Northeast 125th Street in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

A Seattle City Council committee has given the green light to the mayor’s proposed $930 million transportation levy.

The Select Committee on Transportation Funding rejected a proposal from Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant to shrink the property tax levy to $600 million and use an employee hours tax and a commercial parking tax to make up much of the difference.

Keith Edgerton had to adjust to new ways of getting around after losing his sight.
Kiirsten Flynn

Marcie Sillman talks with Keith Edgerton, Providence Health of Southwest Washington's transportation coordinator, about how being a blind commuter changed his life. 

An example of animal bridge on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Washington is building wildlife overpasses over I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass.
Flickr Photo/Jitze Couperus

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Department of Transportation project manager Brian White about the new wildlife overpass that connects habitat on either side of I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass. It will be part of a project that also includes underpasses already in place near Gold Creek.

Bikesharing had a big impact when it was introduced in New York City. Now that it's in Seattle, will it change transportation in the city?
Flickr Photo/Tony Webster (CC BY 2.0)

Janette Sadik-Khan is an internationally-acclaimed transportation expert. She was widely heralded for the innovations she brought to New York City when she served as its transportation commissioner.

In her quest to improve mass transit, make the city more walkable and increase bike ridership she realized “people are not going to walk or bike if they don't feel safe doing so.”

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his alternative transportation levy proposal. The mayor's transportation levy aims to raise $930 million over nine years through property taxes. Licata says that's not the way to go. 

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Transportation Director Scott Kubly about the city's proposed $930 million transportation levy. 

Distracted Driving Goes Beyond Texting

Jun 1, 2015
Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Dr. Beth Ebel, a physician at Harborview Medical Center and an expert on distracted driving, about what can distract us when we drive and what happens in our brain when we try to split our attention.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

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