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9:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents

A State Patrol post blocks cars from traveling west on state Route 530 out of Darrington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.

As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work.  Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.

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Transportation
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold

Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ridesharing service Lyft, adjusts the furry mustache drivers display on their cars when they are working, as she starts a shift in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote.

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Community Hardship
7:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

For Darrington And Oso, A Long Road Back To Normal

In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross Volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

The shock is wearing off in Darrington and Oso.

Nearly a month after the devastating mudslide destroyed a neighborhood and wiped out the highway between the two towns, people are trying to find a "new normal" in a place where nothing will be the same again.

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Seattle 2035
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard

Downtown Ballard.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sean Oliver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, Seattle 2035.

City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit.

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Public Transportation
11:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close'

Credit Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state.

Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects.

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April Election
11:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride?

Metro Transit operator Lisa Nault says there's a free shuttle downtown as an alternative after the ride free zone ended, but no one knows about it.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Low-income transit passengers say the last few years have been difficult in King County with multiple fare increases and the end of the ride free zone in Seattle. But they are torn about whether to support Proposition 1, which would raise taxes in order to maintain existing Metro transit service.

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Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Author Interview
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Way To Go: Kate Ascher On Transportation And Infrastructure

Credit Kate Ascher's book, "The Way to Go."

Steve Scher sits down with urban development consultant Kate Ascher to talk about her new book, "The Way To Go: Moving By Land, Sea and Air."

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

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Transportation
8:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

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Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

Credit Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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Transportation
2:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Seattle Bike Sharing To Roll Out In September

Credit Flickr Photo/Shelley Bernstein (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.

EarthFix Reports
6:15 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Urged To Support Oil Train Funding, Northwest Senator Seeks Answers

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, left, and Jeff Merkley met with local officials in Portland to discuss oil train safety earlier this year. Now they're calling for a new fund devoted to it.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Fellow U.S. senators are calling on Washington’s Patty Murray to support major investments in oil train safety, but first she wants some answers.

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Transportation
9:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:11 pm

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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