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12:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Put The Pedals To The Metal: Last Call For Public Comment On The Future Of Cycling In Seattle

Bike route signs to landmarks and neighborhoods in Seattle.
Credit Flickr illustration/Craig Damlo

Seattle is in the process of updating its 20 year Bicycle Master Plan. Public comment is due January 31 – the last Thursday of this month. Bike advocates say the plan would transform Seattle into one of the top cycling cities in the world.  But will the changes be enough to convince you to commute to work by a bike? Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the proposed plan with special guests and listeners.

Transportation
12:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Washington Law Drives Up Ferry Building Prices

Washington state has the largest passenger and automobile ferry fleet in US.
Flickr Photo/A.Davey

State auditors say that Washington state ferries cost too much money to build. The Chetzemoka ferry for example, which transports passengers from Coupeville to Port Townsend, cost around $36 million more than a similar boat that was built on the east coast. Auditors say it’s due to a state law that requires ferries to be built by Washington companies. Now they’re asking lawmakers to get rid of the law. Ross talks to Clipper Navigation CEO Derrell E. Bryan to get the details.

520 Project Recommendations
6:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Seattle City Council Considers 520 Project Requests

The draw span of the SR 520 bridge opens during the annual maintenance and inspection closure.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Even though work on the Highway 520 bridge project is underway, it hasn't been quite clear as to what path the bridge would take from Lake Washington to Interstate 5. But on Tuesday, that path became a little clearer. The Seattle City Council’s Special Committee on the SR 520 Project discussed a series of possible recommendations for the state transportation department.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A Conversation With Comedian David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier, left, and the cast of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," perform at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. The production won a Tony Award for best revival of a musical.
Charles Sykes Invision/AP


The comedy “In Living Color” turned David Alan Grier into a well-known comic actor, but he started his career singing on Broadway. Last year, he returned to Broadway to play Sporting Life in “Porgy and Bess.” David Alan Grier has performed for over 30 years, from stand-up comedy to competing on "Dancing with the Stars." He joins us in the KUOW studios.

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Transportation Safety
12:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Officer John Abraham holding Annie Rose Crookshank, 18 years ago. Abraham pulled over her parents for erratic driving only to discover Annie’s mother was in labor. He escorted them to a hospital where she was soon born.
Credit Seattle Police Deparment

Are you ever driving down the street and you see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Well, today on The Conversation you can get that traffic question answered. Ross Reynolds sits down with Officer John Abraham to answer your questions about passing on the left, rolling through a stop, car pool lanes, tail gating, turn signals and much, much more.

Airplane Safety
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What Happens To A Dreamliner Deferred?

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

    

Two Japanese airlines have grounded their new Boeing Dreamliner 787s after smoke was detected in the cabin of one of the aircraft. Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines currently carry more 787s than any other airlines in the world, but Boeing has filled roughly 800 orders worldwide for the new Dreamliner.

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Fire Investigation
6:51 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dreamliner Electrical System Focus Of FAA Review

787 Dreamliner in flight.

Federal regulators are pledging a full-scale review of the design and build of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In a news conference, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will get to the root cause of a set of problems, including last week’s fire on a Dreamliner at Boston's Logan Airport.

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Dreamliner Investigation
11:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

FAA To Review Boeing's 787 After Two Safety Incidents

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration said this morning that the Boeing 787 will undergo a comprehensive design, manufacture and assembly review.  The announcement  follows two separate incidents with  the so-called Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines. The first was a fire in a battery pack of an auxiliary power unit and the second was a fuel leak.  

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Presidential History
9:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What It Takes To Win The White House In 2016

Official portraits of presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What do these presidents have common?
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia

What do presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have in common? They were each re-elected to a second term. That may seem like the norm, but it isn’t — we haven’t seen so many reelections in a row since the 1800s. What does it mean for a person considering a presidential run in 2016? University of Washington professor David Domke joins us.

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Eye on Olympia
3:11 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Washington "Driving While Poor" Law Prompts Changes

The Washington Department of Licensing has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed rule changes at 3 p.m., January 9 in Olympia.
Washington DOL

In 2012 the Washington state Legislature passed a law that sponsors called the “driving while poor” bill. The law aims to help people who end up with suspended licenses because they failed to pay traffic tickets.

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A Community Grieves
9:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Northwest Korean Community Trying To Heal After Oregon Bus Crash

Oregon State Police

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:54 am

The Northwest’s tight-knit Korean community continues to grieve the nine people who died in that bus crash just before New Year’s Eve in northeast Oregon. Some of the survivors have already filed a lawsuit against the tour bus company, saying the driver was too tired and going too fast.

Members of a Korean church in Bothell, Washington, are grieving one of their youth pastors. The Oregon State Police haven’t confirmed the death of nineteen-year-old Richard Sohn, but Community Church of Seattle members believe he was on the bus and has died.

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Infrastructure Funding Strategy
9:17 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Talk Of A Carbon Tax In The Northwest

Portland General Electric's coal-fired Boardman Power Plant along the Columbia River. it's among the greenhouse gas emitters in Oregon and Washington not subject to a carbon tax. Some Northwest policy makers want to change that.
Portland General Electric

Keeping up with transportation infrastructure isn’t cheap. The Washington State Transportation Commission estimates that in the next 20 years around 200 billion dollars needs to be put towards the maintenance of roads, ferries and more. But how to pay for that? Some are putting forward the idea of a tax on carbon emissions.

Read the whole story on KUOW’s Earthfix

Gas Tax
12:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Can All The King's Horses And All The King's Men Put Washington's Roads Together Again?

Should we increase the gas tax to fund road repair?
Tom Check Flickr

Outgoing governor Chris Gregoire, the state transportation commission, and the state’s biggest business lobby are calling for an increase in the gas tax to pay for the massive backlog in road repair. Will that deal with the funding problem?

Ross talks with Steve Mullin from the Washington Roundtable, Dan O’Neil of the Washington State Transportation Commission, Rob Johnson of the Transportation Choices Coalition, and Mark Hallenbeck from the Washington State Transportation Center.

Weekend Traffic
5:38 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-5 Ramp Closures Start On Friday

Aleta Borschowa, WSDOT Project Engineer
Credit KUOW / Derek Wang

Winter is usually not the season for road construction, but this year, things are a little different. Friday marks the start of eleven planned closures of some Interstate 5 ramps.

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Backscatter scanners
11:07 am
Thu December 27, 2012

No End In Sight For Sea-Tac Airport’s X-Ray Scanners

TSA officials say the new scanners can shorten the wait at security checkpoints, like this one at Sea-Tac Airport.
John Ryan KUOW Photo

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly replacing passenger-screening machines at some of the nation’s largest airports. The TSA has been moving them to smaller airports and replacing them with security scanners that don’t use X-rays.

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