A new fleet of bicycles will start rolling down Seattle streets Monday when the city’s bike share program gets underway. The bright green bikes will be easy to spot and 500 of them will be stationed across Seattle’s urban core: downtown, the University of Washington and Capitol Hill.
“Sobering” is how Washington Governor Jay Inslee summed up a draft report about the risks of increased oil transport through the state. In the report, the State Department of Ecology describes an unprecedented growth in this local transport, from virtually no trains carrying crude oil in 2011 to 714 million gallons in 2013.
Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:42 pm
A regional oil spill task force met in Portland Wednesday to discuss the risks of crude oil traveling by rail.
The Pacific States British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force coordinates oil spill response plans among five U.S. states and B.C. A lot of its members have noticed the same worrisome trend: more crude oil is traveling by rail cars instead of arriving on ships, and many agencies aren't prepared for oil spills along rail lines.
Utilities must be rerouted before Seattle's current seawall comes down. But with no room on the crowded sidewalk to stage construction materials, the job shack for utility workers resides on a barge.
As we bid the tourists adieu, we welcome back the cranes and construction.
Season 2 of Seattle’s waterfront development project starts Wednesday. It includes work from Colman Dock to the Aquarium, and holes in the ground already show the concrete face of the 1930s-era seawall, soon to be demolished.
Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:04 pm
In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.
This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100,000 electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.
The University Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium is almost finished. The station is part of a route that will eventually connect downtown Seattle to Northgate. On Wednesday, reporters were given a rare glimpse inside.
The shiny glass and metal box in front of Husky Stadium is the most visible part of the new subway station.
But that’s just the surface. For the rest, you must go deeper. I don the safety vest and hardhat I've been given and join the contractors in the elevator for our nine-story descent.
Ross McFarland of the Seattle Department of Transportation prepares to flag confused drivers on the opening day of downtown Seattle's new protected bike lane. In the foreground, a memorial to Sher Kung, a cyclist who died here about two weeks ago.