transportation

Interstate 90 cuts through the heart of the Mountains to Sound greenway.
Courtesy of Greenway Trust

Kim Malcom talks with Mountains to Sound Greenway executive director Jon Hoekstra about the Greenway Trust and protecting the environment amid booming growth. 

Fire Chief James Knisley is one of two paid staffers in his fire department. Volunteers make up the rest of his crew.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

From the top of a mountain in far northeastern King County, the surrounding communities look tiny, just a couple hundred rooftops on a strip of flat land wedged between national forests.

I’m up here with Skykomish Fire Chief James Knisley, who points to U.S. 2 down on the valley floor, where the highway winds its way toward Stevens Pass.

Since 2009, elections for a seat on the Port of Vancouver commission have been relatively low-key affairs. Candidates who ran for a six-year term on the three-member board that oversees the port have won their elections unopposed in the last three races.

That was then.

Now, a proposed energy project at the port has sparked interest in a race for an open seat on the commission, turning the primary election into a hotly-contested race.

This July 2015 photo shows the SR 99 tunneling machine’s main bearing encircled by the gear ring that facilitates rotation of the cutterhead.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Bertha, the giant tunnel boring machine stalled in downtown Seattle, remains in pieces at the foot of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The Washington Legislature finally adjourned its 2015 session Friday. The last piece of business was for the state House to approve $508 million in new spending on roads, ferries and transit.

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Ross Reynolds speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine,  who also chairs the Sound Transit Board, about a planned transit expansion in the Puget Sound region known as Sound Transit 3. Public comment on the first phase of planning can be submitted until the end of the day on Wednesday, July 8.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct sends cars streaming past Seattle's waterfront.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington, about whether the $16 billion state transportation package will make your commute better.

Oregon House Passes Bill To Boost Speed Limits

Jul 2, 2015

Speed limits throughout eastern Oregon could increase under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

Vancouver Votes On Transportation Levy

Jul 1, 2015
The Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio (CC BY 2.0)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about a referendum in Vancouver asking voters to approve a tax hike to fund a multibillion-dollar transportation plan. And we hear what Canadians have planned for Canada Day.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign a new two-year budget into law Tuesday, just in time to avert a partial government shutdown.

Washington’s gas tax would go up nearly 12 cents per gallon to fund road projects under a deal struck between Democrats and Republicans.

Seattleites Weigh In On Transit Projects

Jun 26, 2015

If you want to get someone from Seattle talking, ask them about transit. They’ll tell you how they really feel. That’s what Sound Transit found out during this week’s public forum, part of a larger campaign to get the public involved in transportation planning.

An Oregon legislative panel has signed off on a plan that would ensure the state's passenger rail service will run at least two more years along the I-5 corridor.

A pedestrian crosses Lake City Way near Northeast 125th Street in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

A Seattle City Council committee has given the green light to the mayor’s proposed $930 million transportation levy.

The Select Committee on Transportation Funding rejected a proposal from Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant to shrink the property tax levy to $600 million and use an employee hours tax and a commercial parking tax to make up much of the difference.

Keith Edgerton had to adjust to new ways of getting around after losing his sight.
Kiirsten Flynn

Marcie Sillman talks with Keith Edgerton, Providence Health of Southwest Washington's transportation coordinator, about how being a blind commuter changed his life. 

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