transportation

White Pass
8:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

U.S. Highway 12 Through Washington's Cascades Reopened After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:47 pm

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.

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Transportation
2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

How Are We Going To Pay For Ferry Improvements?

A new ferry under construction.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Mass Transit
2:46 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Monorail: The Seattle Transportation Idea That Won't Die

The monorail station at Seattle Center.
Flickr Photo/Andy Nash (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with activist Elizabeth Campbell about her voter initiative to fund planning to build a monorail line in Seattle. Then, Reynolds talks with Crosscut's Knute Berger about the political history of the monorail.

Transportation
3:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Plethora Of Problems Facing Washington Ferries

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

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.

Ship By Ship
11:18 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Why Washington Ferries Are Such A Headache To Replace

Crews prepare to paint the rudder on the M/V Samish in May of this year.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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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We Are The Champions
9:45 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Seattle Wins The Bike Design Project (Take That, Portland)

The Denny, a bike created with safety in mind, has won a national Bike Project Design.
Credit Taylor Sizemore And Teague

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.

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Week In Review
11:51 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Discussing The Week’s News While Shouting Over Blue Angels

Lt. C.J. Simonsen, a solo pilot assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, approaches from crowd right during the Seafair performance in 2011.
Flickr Photo/Official US Navy Page (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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Biking
2:54 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Seattle’s Worst Bike Lane Is About To Get A Makeover

Biking down Second Avenue, seen here in the height of traffic, is about to get safer.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Week In Review
1:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back

Crews worked around the clock to replace expansion joints on I-90. The highway narrowed to one lane in Bellevue for a week, causing traffic headaches.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

EarthFix Report
9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oil Train Derailed In Interbay Rail Yard

KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

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.

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Radke In The Morning
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This)

The Interstate 90 backup early Tuesday morning: one scenario where being polite gets you nowhere.
Credit 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.

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Megaprojects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig

Road signs from Boston's Big Dig.
Flickr Photo/Nantaskart!

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.

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Europe
5:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

At The Scene Of The Crash: An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Wreckage

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:59 am

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

Gridlockalypse
10:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads

Sound Transit bus routes that run between Bellevue and Seattle are expected to have major delays. Those routes are 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566 and 567.
Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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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Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

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