Transportation

Transportation

Sea-Tac baggage handlers plan a strike for MLK Day

Sea-Tac Airport baggage handlers with an Alaska Airlines contractor will strike for 12 hours Monday, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central to the act of civil…

Bertha rides again – but for how long?

Nothing makes a tunnel guy as happy as actually tunneling. And on Thursday that guy was Chris Dixon, head of Seattle Tunnel Partners, the contractor…

Best of 2015: Open letter to Jeff Bezos – Seattle transit could use Amazon’s help

Dear Mr. Bezos... Seattle is changing. Fast. And Amazon, which could employ 70,000 in our city by 2019, is indisputably a major driver of that change.…

Seattle City Council: Let Uber and Lyft drivers unionize

The Seattle City Council stuck its neck out into new territory Monday as it unanimously approved legislation to allow drivers with app-based, ride-hailing companies to…

6 quick fixes for Seattle’s traffic woes

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Seattle billionaire Paul Allen announced a scheme that could transform how you get around: the Smart…

Activists want to unionize Uber. Here are the challenges they face.

This Friday, Obama strategist-turned-Uber spokesman David Plouffe will be in town to deliver a speech entitled “Uber and the Future of Work”. The event is…

94-year-old killed by bus with safety questions

A 94-year-old woman died Thursday afternoon after being struck by a bus turning left near the Northgate Transit Center in Seattle. The victim, Jacqueline Morrison, was struck…

Metro’s answer for last-second carpool needs

In much the same way that people call for an Uber, some local transit riders will soon be able to request a carpool to their…

Bertha: The big risks may lie ahead

We’re coming up on the second anniversary of Bertha’s big break down. The tunnel diggers hope to have her boring again on Dec. 23. If…

Seattle transportation levy looks like a nail-biter

After months of confidence that voters would approve the $930 million Move Seattle levy, proponents are acknowledging that it will be a very close vote…

Bridges are tying Seattle in knotty questions

Bridges are spanning the news cycles lately. It’s a timely trend because, as you probably didn’t know, October is “Bridge Month” at the Washington State…

Mercer Islanders showcase a purer form of entitlement

When citizens gather to engage government employees, the results can be illuminating. Public town halls, “listening tours” and forums are ideal showcases for – as one…

NTSB team leading investigation into Aurora Bridge crash

Four people died and 15 suffered critical injuries when a charter bus and a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle collided on the Aurora Avenue Bridge late…

Metro buses: Pedestrians in a blind spot?

The day before her October wedding anniversary, Judy Sunny posted her nuptial portraits from decades earlier on Facebook. One shot captures a tender moment as…

Seattle was once a bicyclist’s city — and it could be again

Anyone who negotiates Seattle on a regular basis asks at some point: Why can’t we just get around? It’s easy to blame geography — squeezed…

Mike O’Brien takes a stand against Uber

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien says he has a plan to strengthen the collective bargaining power of drivers who work for companies like Uber, Sidecar…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…

Cars vs. bikes debate enters new phase in Seattle

Billy Duss, a volunteer at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, bikes from Hillman City to Belltown every day. The most direct route would be down Rainier Avenue,…

Seattle steps up complaints about oil trains

Almost a year to the day after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed under the Magnolia Bridge, Councilmember Mike…

The case for better-looking buses

The look and feel of a city has a daily impact on everyone in it. Seattle by Design is a regular series that presents public aesthetics…

New Bertha delay, and little confidence it’s the last one

The tunnel-boring machine Bertha, already idle now for more than 20 months, is now expected to need until November 23 to begin work again, three…

Guest Opinion: What happens if Bertha fails?

The citizens of Washington and, in particular, Seattle are experiencing an unexpected drama: the construction of a waterfront tunnel. Bringing it to a decent conclusion may…

E-bikes picking up speed in Seattle

Given Seattle’s affinity for tech, its traffic issues, and its hilly terrain, so-called "e-bikes" – which contain a battery and can make strenuous hills seem to disappear – would…

Legislature struggling with transportation deal

The 47 Washington House's minority Republicans might have the votes to stop implementation of a large part of a transportation package financed by an 11.9-cents…