Transportation

Transportation

Bertha’s on track, but this is the easy part

At Nijo Sushi on Western and Spring, people eat lunch as the world’s largest tunnel boring machine chews the earth directly beneath them, making its way toward…

Fiery wreck in Oregon highlights risks of oil trains in cities

The oil train fire happened in as good a place as any: Just far enough from tiny Mosier, Oregon, to spare residents any loss of…

Debora Juarez plays chicken with transit leaders — and wins

It’s early May and Councilmember Debora Juarez is about to do something enormously risky. The first draft of Sound Transit 3 is out, priced at…

Beneath downtown Seattle, Bertha faces biggest test

The Seattle Mariners and the tunnel boring machine Bertha are following similar arcs lately. After years of wallowing in failure, both have shown a bit…

Light rail: How our past shapes the choices

Sound Transit staff have been running into a lot of public unhappiness recently. Roughly 240 people who showed up for an Everett meeting, for instance, mainly to express…

New data: Viaduct closure hasn’t made traffic much worse

A full week has passed since the End of the World for Seattle commuters, aka the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. But has "Viadoom" (or…

Is Seattle about to lose its progressive transpo chief?

It takes a disaster to make space for a savior. Anyone who's tried to drive south into Seattle from Lake City during rush hour, escape downtown anytime after…

Have we learned anything from Bertha’s last sinkhole?

Four months after Bertha, the largest tunnel boring machine in the world, caused a 250-cubic-foot sinkhole to open up on Seattle’s waterfront, that same machine…

A rare victory in a city of lovable transit losers

With light rail extension, is Seattle breaking its failure streak?

How Seattle could save Pronto bikeshare, as funding dries up

Elizabeth Kiker doesn’t want to armchair quarterback the 2014 rollout of Pronto, Seattle's citywide network of "bike share" stations. “It didn’t happen exactly the way they wanted it…

Inslee makes I-405 lane adjustments

Standing in a control room with nearly a hundred screens showing traffic conditions around metro Seattle, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a package of changes…

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…