The Seattle City Council is trying to determine how it should handle new rideshare companies that compete with taxis. Council members told a packed meeting Thursday they are leaning towards embracing — and regulating — them.
A new tolling proposal would ask drivers to pay as little as $1.00 for taking the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle. During morning and evening commutes, rates would jump to $1.25. A state advisory committee is hoping the proposal will strike a balance between tolling revenues and potential traffic diversion.
Two years ago, when the tunnel plan was approved by voters, the proposed tolling rates were as high as $3.00 during peak hours. Under that plan, traffic planners were concerned that high tolling rates would divert too many cars onto downtown streets. Maud Daudon is co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management. She's also president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She talked with Ross Reynolds.
Worker strikes are in the air these days, it seems. Many of them involve the lowest paid workers in our cities. That brings to mind a recent memorable radio moment when a San Francisco transit strike led a tech CEO in San Francisco to complain via social media that transit workers should be automated. Marketplace's Krissy Clark didn't let him off so easily.
The Washington state Department of Transportatation says the new replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River should be ready to drive on Sunday morning.
WSDOT officials say the weather’s drying out enough to pour concrete on the replacement span that’s being constructed adjacent to the temporary bridge. Recent heavy rains have delayed the pouring operation. After the concrete cures, they’ll slide the new bridge into place.
It has been two months since the last special session in Olympia came to a close. Now Governor Jay Inslee is saying he wants to call another one.
Lawmakers failed to pass a transportation package during the last special session. The special session will only be called if there are enough votes to pass a transportation package that was stalled during the last legislative session.
Senator Rodney Tom said he is holding seven public meetings around the state to assess what the public wants in a transportation plan. Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald joins us for more analysis on the compromises and possibilities for a new plan.
For months now, tensions have been brewing between Seattle taxi drivers and ridesharing services like Uber-X, Sidecar and Lyft. Seattle cab drivers (who are heavily regulated by the city) claim ridesharing services have an advantage since they’re not subject to the same rules and regulations.
So this summer, the city commissioned a $100,000 study to determine the demand for taxis, rideshares, for-hires and limousines. What did the study find? And how will the results inform how the city proceeds? Seattle City Council President Sally Clark joins us with the results.
Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.
The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle.
Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet. But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.
The tragic news of a bus driver being shot earlier this week in downtown Seattle inspired us to ask listeners to share their stories about bus drivers; stories about nice bus drivers just doing their jobs and stories about heroic bus drivers that went above and beyond the call of duty. Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their best bus drivers.
Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:41 am
Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update.
No new boat ceremony would be complete without breaking a bottle over the bow. But it took a few tries to actually break this bottle.