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9:49 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola

Kyle Griffith explains the proposed gondola route that would take people across town.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Kyle Griffith’s family owns the Great Wheel on Pier 57. The Griffiths have been in business on the Seattle waterfront since the 1960s.

Now the family is hoping to build a gondola that would run along Union Street from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to the waterfront with a stop at Pike Place Market.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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Bertha Woes
6:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Six Months Needed To Repair Seattle Tunnel Machine

Chris Dixon of Seattle Tunnel Partners
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Seattle's tunnel builders say getting their world-record tunnel machine going again will take at least six more months.

The tunnel machine known as Bertha has sat largely motionless for nearly three months since it overheated in early December.

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Limits On Rideshares
9:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Seattle's Proposed Rideshare Compromise Appears To Satisfy No One

Taxi drivers say they are suffering because of illegal rideshares; rideshare companies say new limits will hurt their businesses.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A Seattle City Council committee has voted to impose limits on rideshare companies Thursday night. The council’s compromise seemed to disappoint everyone, from rideshare companies to taxi owners.

The council’s committee on taxi regulations has been wrestling with how to regulate rideshares like Lyft and UberX for months.

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Transportation
3:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New App Helps Seattle Taxis Compete With Rideshare Services

Flickr Photo/Amancay Maahs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel, about how the company's new smartphone app allows users in the Seattle area to arrange, track and pay for taxi rides.

Transportation
4:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Train Sublime: What The Future Holds For High-Speed Rail System

Tom Zoellner's book "Train."

Steve Scher talks with author Tom Zoellner about his book "Train" and the latest developments of the high-speed intercity passenger rail system.

Transportation
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Portland Offers Advice As Kirkland Considers Air Gondolas

Traveling at 22 mph, the Portland Aerial Tram carries passengers between the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital and the South Waterfront District in Portland.
Flickr Photo/mhiran1 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Brett Dodson, manager of the Portland Aerial Tram, about how Portland's take on air gondolas has worked for the Rose City.

Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

SR 99 Tunnel Project
9:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come?

The Alaskan Way Viaduct section of state Route 99 is being replaced by a tunnel under downtown Seattle and will be partially paid for with toll revenues.
Credit Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Anyone who's hosted a party has probably had that panicky feeling beforehand: What if you throw a big party and nobody comes?

State transportation officials face a similar worry: What if after they build a $3.1 billion underground highway to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, not enough people use it?

Build It And They Won't Come?

The state Legislature has decreed that tolls have to pay for $200 million of the state Route 99 tunnel's construction cost.

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Legalizing Rideshare
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council And Business Continue To Clash On Rideshare Regulation

Taxi service, rideshare companies, and the Seattle City Council are embroiled in a fight over how to regulate rideshare in the city.
Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The ongoing debate about how to regulate ridesharing in Seattle seems to be coming down to a fight over numbers. The Seattle City Council is considering capping the number of licensed rideshare drivers but is getting pushback from the companies who thus far have been operating in Seattle illegally.

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Downtown Parking
8:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Seattle Testing Replacements For Aging, Frustrating Parking Meters

Seattle's green parking meters are aging and need replacement, according to the city.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Paul Freed lives in downtown Seattle and currently uses the city’s app to pay for parking with his phone – even when he’s standing right in front of the meter. “It's way more convenient,” Freed said. “You don’t need to fumble around for your credit card in the rain.”

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The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Aggressive Driving
9:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lots Of Speeders, But Few Answers On How To Slow Them Down

Trooper Tom Shirey works for the Washington State Patrol's Aggressive Driver Apprehension Team in the Spokane area.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding.

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