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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.

Week In Review
12:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise

Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for the next Seattle Police chief.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle is America's fastest growing city over the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Former Boston police chief Kathleen O'Toole is Mayor Ed Murray's pick for Seattle's top cop. There's another plan to pay for bus service in Seattle, this one from City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant. And Macklemore apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.

Steve Scher talks over these stories and more of the week's news with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Jon Talton of the Seattle Times.

Around The Northwest
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Preserve Vs. Road: Southeast Washington’s Growing Pains Erupt In Public-Planning Battle

Scott Woodward shows off Amon Creek Natural Preserve in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:40 pm

The Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest, or the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain, it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards.

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Public Transportation
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking

Flickr Photo/James Callan

Steve Scher talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his proposal to preserve bus service in Seattle.

Seattle 2035
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035

The Capitol Hill light rail site under construction.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Frank Chiachiere, general manager and board member of the Seattle Transit blog, an advocacy group for more mass transit options, about why he thinks we need more density in our future. The two spoke at the light rail station under construction on Capitol Hill as part of KUOW's series on Seattle's comprehensive plan for 2035.

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Two-Wheelers
4:19 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Don't Salmon, Don't Shoal: Learning The Lingo Of Safe Cycling

What's that salmon doing in the bike lane?
Leif Parsons for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 6:48 am

Alec Baldwin, you were salmoning!

The actor was ticketed in New York on Tuesday for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Cyclists use the term "salmoning" to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane. Surely the definition can be broadened to include Baldwin's infraction.

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Metro Bus Cuts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Murray's Plan To Save Seattle City Buses

Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Efforts to prevent King County Metro bus cuts have narrowed from a county-wide approach to a more localized strategy.  On Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal to give Seattle voters another option to save Seattle-centric routes, although he's still got his eye on a broader, regional plan.

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Pollution Limit
8:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:59 am

Washington will likely adopt a pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels. That’s the prediction from Democratic Governor Jay Inslee. He recently ordered a feasibility and cost study of a low-carbon fuel standard.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C'

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, died at the age of 83, leaving a lasting legacy for tribal rights and the Northwest environment.
Flickr Photo/Ecotrust

A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and  big storms due to climate change; Nisqually Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Week In Review Extra

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Public Transportation
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

King County's Transportation Future: Divide Or Unite?

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

Marcie Sillman talks with political consultant Benjamin Anderstone about the competing visions for the future of King County's transportation. 

Urban Parklets
2:28 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Seattle Is Putting The 'Park' In Parking Space

The finished Capitol Hill parklet on Olive Way in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Reding (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jennifer Wielund, public space program manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, about the crop of a dozen new pilot parklets which will appear in parking spaces across the city this summer.

SR 99 Tunnel Project
3:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

How Bertha Compares To Other Mega Projects

Crowds gather at the launch site of Bertha, the state Route 99 tunnel machine.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to professor Wendy Haynes of Bridgewater State University about the problems associated with billion-dollar mega-projects.

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