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Bike Plan
10:19 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

Flickr Photo/clappstar

The new draft of Seattle’s Master Bike Plan is out today. Erica Barnett, news editor at Publicola, joins David Hyde today to talk about what that means for Seattle’s bicyclists.

Alternative Transportation
11:51 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Lyft, Uber And SideCar: Not Your Father’s Cabs

A Lyft car is always very recognizable by its bright pink mustache, but is that enought to compete with the traditional taxi service?
Flickr Photo/Liza Sperling

 Taxi cabs have a new breed of competitors. New companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar give smartphone users the ability to reserve a ride through an app on their phone. Some of the companies use private car owners as their main drivers. Will traditional taxis fall by the wayside? How are these new companies regulated? Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s transportation reporter, Derek Wang.  

Aging Bridge Concerns
8:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

King County Plans To Close Kent Bridge Earlier Than Scheduled

King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) accompanies inspectors during a recent review of the Alvord T. Bridge
King County

Correction 6/4/2013: A previous version of this story had a typographical error. The bridge is scheduled to be closed June 5, not June 6.

King County plans to close an old bridge near Kent earlier than originally scheduled, officials said Monday.

The Alvord T. Bridge is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It’s the first such closure since last month’s I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County.

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Building More Transit
4:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion

A streetcar in South Lake Union.
Flickr Photo/Kosmosxipo

New streetcars might be running through downtown Seattle in a few years, under a plan announced Monday by Mayor Mike McGinn. The new route would be a link between the existing streetcar route in  South Lake Union, and the one under construction that will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and Pioneer Square.

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Zeppelin Comeback
1:26 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A New Kind Of Airship May Herald Return To The Age Of Dirigibles

The Aeroscraft.
Credit Aeros

The 1920s and 1930s are sometimes called "the age of the dirigible." Dirigibles were giant, steerable blimps and zeppelins, and they used to be a popular way to transport crowds of people from place to place. But then there was the fiery Hindenburg disaster. And during wars airplanes could easily shoot them down. After that airships were pretty much reduced to flying above football games and other kinds of surveillance.

Audio from a broadcast of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937

A Persistent Problem Overcome

Dirigibles never regained popularity because of a basic problem: they could only dock at special places where they could be tied down. Otherwise, they'd spring up into the air the moment you off loaded the cargo.

Now engineers have overcome that problem by simply compressing the helium upon landing. It's such a simple fix that its inventors are kicking themselves for not having thought of it sooner, and because dirigibles can lift extremely heavy loads much more efficiently than airplanes, the new airship's inventors believe we could see a new age of dirigibles.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 30:

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Anniversary of Provocative Ballet
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Rep. Jim McDermott And Rite Of Spring

Composer Igor Stravinsky incited public uproar with his groundbreaking piece "Rite of Spring."
Wikipedia Photo

News From Congress: Rep. Jim McDermott
Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington's 7th District in Congress joins us to discuss how congressmen and woman have become essential advocates for safer infrastructure after a crisis hits their district. McDermott is calling for more resources to avoid disasters like the Skagit River bridge collapse. Also, the latest on the IRS, the Affordable Care Act and the Alaska Pebble Mine. 

Rite Of Spring
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.  The performance provoked a riot.  Critics and audience members wrote afterwards there was so much noise that the dancers couldn’t hear the music over the audience boos.  What made "Rite of Spring" so provocative?  Why has its centennial been marked by contemporary artists and academics around the world? Marcie Sillman and Dave Beck explore the history and legacy of "The Rite of Spring."

Apparel Humor
8:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse

Credit Slow Loris Shirts

An I-5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River last week after a truck hit an overhead support beam. Once it was clear that no one was seriously injured, a local t-shirt company decided to have a little fun. Slow Loris Shirts founder Jessica Lynch says she laughed when she heard the state got a C- grade on its bridges.

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Fixing The Collapsed Bridge
12:17 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority

The collapsed bridge section remained in the water on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week, according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement in June, and a permanent fix in September.

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Detours Add Costs
3:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Truckers React to I-5 Bridge Collapse North Of Seattle

Donna's truck stop in Marysville
Credit Ruby DeLuna

Thursday night's bridge collapse has put a spotlight on truckers who carry oversized loads. Preliminary reports suggest that a truck that clipped a bridge support is what caused the spectacular collapse.

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Bridge Collapse
1:54 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

"Mom, The Bridge Collapsed"

The Interstate 5 bridge about an hour after the collapse over Skagit River Thursday night.
Credit Harley Soltes

A parade of people who live and work near the collapsed bridge in Mt. Vernon continued to visit the scene today to get a first-hand look at the damage, snap photos and swap news about the accident.

“I’m scared to drive over other bridges,” said Jerry Olmstead, who works in Mt. Vernon and crosses this bridge several times a week. “What if another bridge in Washington goes?”

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1:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Bridges And US Infrastructure Spending Are Falling: Is There A Link?

Lead in text: 
Getting federal money to repair the country’s aging transportation infrastructure is getting increasingly difficult. The Atlantic Wire pulled together the numbers.
It's still not entirely clear what caused I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington to collapse Thursday night. Nor is it clear, despite media reports, how strong the bridge was before it broke. What is clear is that, had the state needed to repair it, getting federal money to do so would be an uphill climb.
Bridge Collapse Coverage
12:28 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Updates: I-5 Skagit River Bridge

In this photo provided by Francisco Rodriguez, rescue boats approach victims at their vehicles in the Skagit River after the collapse of the I-5 bridge minutes earlier Thursday, May 23, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
AP Photo/Francisco Rodriguez

We’ll get updates from the Washington Department of Transportation, Governor Jay Inslee and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

How Does This Affect Bellingham And Regional Tourism?
This is the start of the summer tourism season and Bellingham has one of its major events, the Ski to Sea, scheduled for this weekend. Will the bridge collapse affect tourism in the north Puget Sound area?

Bridge Collapse
10:53 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Engineer Says Truck Strike Could Bring Down Bridge

WSDOT

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 11:09 pm

Just prior to the I-5 bridge collapse Thursday night north of Seattle, eyewitnesses report an oversized load struck a portion of the bridge’s steel superstructure. That’s the frame that’s key to holding the bridge up.

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Bridge Collapse
10:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Wash. Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Three Counties

Mt. Vernon resident Susan Riedel took this photograph of the scene near the collapse Thursday night as first response teams arrived.
Susan Reidel

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

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Bridge Collapse
9:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse, Science News, And The Folklife Festival

Google Maps has already removed the bridge from their maps.
Google Maps

UPDATES: I-5 Skagit River Bridge
We'll get updates from Travis Phelps, WSDOT communications manager, and Larry Ehl, publisher of Transportation Issues Daily and former WSDOT federal relations manager.

Science News
Alan Boyle is science editor for NBC News Digital. From 3-D printed pizzas to the effects of climate change on tornados, he brings us the latest news in the world of science.

Northwest Folklife Festival
The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival kicks off today. What are the can't-miss performances, exhibits and events? We'll get a preview from Folklife's head of programming Debbie Fant. We'll explore  the history of organized labor in Washington state with labor archivist Conor Casey. And we'll hear the tunes of Celtic fiddle music duo Brandon Vance and Mark Minkler.

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