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Highway Safety
1:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse

The Skagit River bridge after its collapse on March 23, 2013.
Credit Associated Press Photo/Elaine Thompson

Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday.

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Transportation
2:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

What Does It Take To Get Seattleites On Bikes?

Bicycle designers are starting to cater more to mom cyclists: running several errands with family in tote.
Flickr Photo/Colville-Andersen

The Seattle Department of Transportation approved a Bicycle Master Plan in April 2014. Their vision is for biking to become "a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle, for people of all ages and abilities."

But what would it take to get there?

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Commuting
9:11 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic

On southbound I-5 near the Ship Canal Bridge, traffic merges onto the highway at 45th Street on the right, but then must weave left four lanes to transfer to state Route 520 right after the bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lonnon Foster (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.

Several accidents have shown us that surface streets cannot handle the traffic load when Interstate 5 or Highway 99 choke up. Traffic and design issues on major routes have been difficult even without an accident.

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Rideshares
12:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares

Fentahun Amare and his son Amanuel, with the citation that started the trouble.
Credit Amy Radil

On June 16, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that a stakeholders group had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. In exchange, companies like Lyft and Uber would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers.

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New Bridge
10:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

South Park Bridge Reopens, To Neighborhood's Delight

The South Park bridge reopened Monday morning for traffic.
Flickr Photo/King County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The South Park bridge, which was closed in 2010 for safety reasons, reopened for traffic at 6 a.m. this morning after an entirely new bridge was built on the same location.

On Sunday, with face painting and taco trucks and Senator Patty Murray, the South Park neighborhood celebrated the re-opening of their brand new bascule bridge.

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Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Car Services
8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A View Of The Ride-Share Debate From The Backseat Of Both Sides

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:33 pm

Local governments across the U.S. are struggling to decide how to handle new ride-sharing services, which are often at once popular and unrelated — or even illegal. Odette Yousef of WBEZ reports on the debate in Illinois, trying to determine the answer to one important question: What makes ride-share services different from taxis?

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Boring Bertha
12:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Officials: Bertha, World's Largest Tunnel Machine, Will Be More Robust

The guts of Bertha, the tunnel boring machine.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The builders of the tunnel machine stuck beneath the Seattle waterfront don’t just plan to repair the world’s largest tunnel machine.

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Car Services
8:58 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mayor Murray Announces New Rideshare Compromise

Rideshare company Lyft drivers are distinguished by their iconic pink mustache.
Flickr Photo/urbanists (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced a new way forward for car services.

Murray said a new agreement has been reached that does not cap the number of people who drive for Uber X, Lyft and other similar rideshare companies.

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Traffic
8:27 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Surprise? Seattle Traffic Has Only Gotten Worse

Northbound I-5 traffic in 2010. It's only gotten worse.
Washington State Department Of Transportation Photo

Traffic jams have plagued the Seattle area for weeks. Now a traffic data company reports that congestion has been getting worse even before the traffic snarls of the last few weeks. 

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Helmet Heads
3:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Head Injury Risk Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

John Rose NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:20 am

Editors' Note: This post has been revised to clarify and correct reporting on the findings of the bike helmet study. The researchers looked at head injuries, not just brain injuries, so the descriptions have been changed to head injuries throughout. The lead researcher said in response to follow-up questions that the study was designed to look at the risk of head injuries as a proportion of all injuries related to bicycling, so the headline and descriptions of the work have been changed to reflect that distinction.

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EarthFix Reports
7:06 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How Crowdfunding May Help Build Solar Roadways

Scott and Julie Brusaw stand on a 12x12-foot parking lot, the first installation of their Solar Roadways project. The Brusaws hope to oneday pave over the nation's roadways with solar panels. They have raised more than $2 million on a crowdfunding site.
Courtesy of Solar Roadways

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:21 pm

You’re moving slowly through rush hour traffic. Instead of asphalt, your car is driving on top of specially designed solar panels. That’s the vision of one Northern Idaho couple. It’s a vision that’s coming closer to reality thanks to their successful crowdfunding campaign.

For nearly 10 years, engineer Scott Brusaw has been chipping away at his idea to change the nation’s roadways.

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Skagit Bridge Collapse
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NTSB Releases Documentation On Skagit Bridge Collapse

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed a year ago after it was hit by a truck.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about new findings concerning the Skagit River bridge collapse in May 2013.  The National Transportation Safety Board has released some 2,000 pages of documentation about the accident.

Transit
1:32 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Constantine Vetoes County Council Bill To Prevent Bus Cuts

Councilmember Rod Dembowski speaks with constituents about proposed transit cuts at a May 13 forum at Union Station.
Credit King County Photo

For a few minutes Monday night, most of the proposed cuts to Metro bus service were spared. In a narrow 5-4 vote, the King County Council agreed to only go ahead with the cuts planned for this September, and hold off on three more rounds of cuts planned for 2015.

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Oso Mudslide
3:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

As Highway 530 Opens, Darrington Welcomes Visitors

SR 530 is reopening to alternating single-lane traffic May 31. Sections of the roadway was discovered missing during clearing work, so portions of the highway will be unpaved.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Martha Rasmussen, organizer of Darrington Day, about the fortuitous connection between the re-opening of state Route 530 and the annual celebration of Darrington Day. Both events take place Saturday May 31.

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