Transportation

Ross Reynolds talks to Les Leyne, legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, about the report the Canadian government released on the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Also, Rob Ford wants to do something about "fearless" raccoons in Toronto, and hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, arrives in Victoria.

Changes are coming to the federal government's "No Fly List." But it's not clear yet what those changes will be.

A section of U.S. Highway 12 in Washington state has reopened after a large mudslide hit Wednesday. But state workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

Marcie Sillman talks with State Senator Curtis King about how to fund the expensive Washington ferry system. King, a Republican from Yakima, is co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Jeannie Yandel speaks with former Washington State Secretary of Transportation, Doug MacDonald, about why the ferry system has trouble replacing boats, finding a permanent assistant secretary and securing funding.

Washington’s ferry fleet is among the largest and oldest in the country. Last week we learned just how vulnerable it is when, at the height of tourist season, one of the ferries broke down.

Buying a new ferry isn’t like buying a new car, however. The next ferry due to hit the docks is the Samish, under construction at the Vigor shipyard on Harbor Island. It should be in service early next year.

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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a victorious Seattle, winning The Bike Design Project.

On Monday, the project announced that The Denny, a utilitarian bike that would likely cost about $3,000, won the honor. Seattle beat New York City, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco. Fuji Bikes has promised to manufacture and sell the winning entry, as determined by members of the cycling public.

This week, we’re talking about former Seattle mayor Paul Schell, the monorail and Seafair. And we may just be able to work in Bobo the Gorilla, Ivar and the Bubbleator.

In between Blue Angels fly-bys, listen to KUOW's Bill Radke review the week's news with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Jezebel’s Lindy West.

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog about Second Avenue's new bike lane makeover and whether it will be enough to keep bicyclists safe downtown. Meantime, producer Hannah Burn grabs an unwieldy microphone and hops on her bike to check out the lane at rush hour for herself.

This week, President Obama came to town for a pledge drive of sorts. What's it like to have to fundraise for a living? Two former politicians will tell you.

Plus, this week we learned the mind-blowing news that drivers are supposed to wait for the last minute to cut in line and merge -- according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

KUOW’s Bill Radke reviews those stories and more along with Joni Balter, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Plus, Luke Burbank drops by and we get an update on the Carlton Complex fires from Paige Browning of Spokane Public Radio.

Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early Thursday, but BNSF Railway says none of the oil spilled.

Courtesy of WSDOT

Seattle area traffic jams are nothing new, but this week has been particularly trying with the construction on westbound I-90 closing all but one lane in Bellevue.

It might seem selfish, but the best way to ease congestion, according to Washington State Department of Transportation's Travis Phelps, is to drive right up to the closure before merging over.

One of the two companies attempting to dig a highway tunnel beneath the Seattle waterfront has won an $80 million dispute with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Audie Cornish talks with reporter Noah Sneider, who's at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region.

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If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start making other plans.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one, around the clock, for seven days.

To help ease the pain, WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.

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