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School Transportation
3:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Seattle School Board Approves New Busing Plan

Beginning next year, students in Seattle Public Schools will have a new bus schedule.
Flickr Photo/ Larry Darling

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee about the district's new busing plan that sets new departure and arrival times.

Railway Regulation
8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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Transportation
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Ponders New Car Service Regulations

The Seattle City Council is expected propose more regulations for the new ride-sharing services.
Flickr Photo/Mahdi Abdulrazak

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor of Publicola, about a Seattle City Council proposal to regulate newer ride-sharing car services like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles
9:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:48 pm

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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Texting While Driving
9:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Distracted Driving, Again

Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:03 pm

In Washington and Oregon, if you want to talk on your phone while driving, you’re required to use a hands-free device. But now a Washington state lawmaker wants to go further.

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EarthFix Reports
9:32 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Take Railroads To Task Over Oil Train Safety

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley discussed concerns about oil train safety with dozens of public officials and railroad executives Friday.
Tony Schick

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked railroad company executives Friday to address mounting concerns about oil train safety in Oregon.

Following several oil train derailments and related emergencies in the past six months, the senators gathered in Portland with public officials officials and rail industry representatives.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
5:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha

Washington Department of Transportation's Matt Preedy points out the new roadway that will lead into the tunnel.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

So far, crews trying to determine what’s stalling the State Route 99 tunnel machine have found a hard object more than three feet wide lodged in it.

They’ve also found metal and plastic piping. But what exactly is causing the stoppage is still unknown.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
4:34 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

What's In A Name? Apparently, Forgiveness For Bertha

Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, has been stuck under Seattle since Dec. 6, 2013.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

She loves dirt and hates sunlight. Seattle Magazine named her one of 2013’s most influential people, except she’s not really a person. She’s Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle.

Her profile on the Washington State Department of Transportation site lists her occupation as a tunneling specialist, but right now she’s stuck and has been since December 6. In light of her current predicament, the decision to name the machine, and thus humanize it, could be a shrewd move.

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Transportation
3:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Woes Of Funding Public Transit

King County Metro Transit is facing a 17 percent cut to service.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Johnson, the executive director of Transportation Choices, about how cities deal with transit funding woes.

EarthFix Reports
9:27 am
Thu January 23, 2014

New Legislation Calls For Transparency On Oil Moving Through Washington

With more oil moving through Washington by train and other transportation modes, state lawmakers want oil companies to keep environmental regulators better informed.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:26 pm

SEATTLE -- Washington lawmakers took up a proposal Wednesday to require more transparency from companies that transport oil through the state.

The hearing on House Bill 2347 played out before a packed committee room in Olympia. The new bill would require oil companies to file weekly reports with the state Department of Ecology detailing how much oil is being transported, what kind of oil it is, how it’s being moved and what route it’s traveling through the state.

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The Week In Review
1:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Inslee's State Of The State, Legislative Session Kicks Off, And Machinists Union President Retires

Tom Wroblewski, pictured in 2012, has stepped down as president of the local Machinists union. His last day is Jan. 31.
Photo IAM District 751

Washington Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a higher minimum wage and increased education funding during his State of the State Address this week. The state legislature kicked off its 2014 session. Also, Boeing Machinists Union President Tom Wroblewski announced his retirement.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Transportation
4:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro

King County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for a plan B – an April 22nd vote by King County voters to raise the money to prevent cuts to King County Metro Transit.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about his plan to fund King County Metro Transit, separate from the state legislature's transportation package — a package that has yet to get off the ground.

Transportation
11:38 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Workers To Descend Into Blocked Bertha In A Pressurized Bubble

A Seattle Tunnel Partners crew works on one of the tanks holding soil conditioner being used to seal an underground air bubble.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

To get Bertha moving again, state officials announced Wednesday that they are sending in human reinforcements – in a giant, pressurized bubble.

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Transportation
10:25 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Balter: Transportation Package Not Likely This Year

Washington state legislators have said for a couple of years now that passing a transportation package is among their top priorities. But Joni Balter, a longtime Seattle news analyst, told KUOW’s Bill Radke that won’t likely happen this year.

Politics
4:04 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The State Of Our State With Governor Inslee

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

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