Transportation

Transportation

The Solowheel: Transportation solution or Segway sequel?

Ted McDonald glides up to Seattle’s Solowheel headquarters on his tiny electric “unicycle,” gracefully slows, steps off and picks up the 25 pound wheel with one…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

Guest Opinion: Transportation spending plan is backward

If Washington legislators are going to ask taxpayers to spend more money on transportation, they should do so responsibly. But both of the state Legislature’s…

City and Port politics maintain collision course over Shell

Washington is the only state in the country that elects its port commissioners. So when an audience member at Tuesday’s public port commissioner meeting — focused…

In the who-broke-Bertha contest, score one for STP

On days like today we get a pinhole view into just how complicated the post-Bertha dispute resolution could be. In a recent decision, the tunnel…

Massive transportation levy grows bigger

Mayor Ed Murray introduced a revised version of his Move Seattle transportation levy Wednesday morning, attaching a new price tag of $930 million. That's up just…

New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast. That was the big message when one of the…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

How traffic troubles Seattle’s psyche

In my psychotherapy practice, I often hear about an implacable force encountered by people from all walks of life. The force puts obstacles in their…

SDOT reassesses traffic management in wake of “fishgate”

To be fair to Seattle’s first responders, how often can you expect a truck full of frozen cod to overturn on one of the city’s…

Puget Sound’s 5 worst transportation problems

On a sunny afternoon in March, a salmon-filled tractor-trailer flipped over on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. With Highway 99 blocked, city streets and highways ground…

Crosscut’s next Community Idea Lab: Transportation

One balmy night last summer, my fiance and I found ourselves trapped in a wall of traffic, one among thousands of cars inching northward, sloth-like,…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Gas tax hike looks likely to be just under 12 cents

Washington drivers can probably expect an 11.7-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax hike spread across the next three years. That's because both the House Democrats and Senate Republicans…

Tunnel Expert Review Panel: Project won’t exceed $3.1 billion budget

The annual Bertha Report is in. The Expert Review Panel (ERP) tasked with assessing the finances, schedule, management and risks of the Alaskan Way Viaduct…

The dark side of Expedia’s move to Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and CFO Mark Okerstrom confirmed Thursday what everyone already knew: The online travel-booking company will be…

Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

Update 5:00 PM Tuesday: At 2:30 PM, Bertha's cutterhead was successfully placed down on the surface, marking the end of what turned out to be…

Officials say Sound Transit needs to go big

The King and Pierce county governments want Sound Transit to be able to ask voters for up to $15 billion for transit expansion in the…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commision has released a report recommending penalties against BNSF Railway Company for delays in the reporting of 14 hazardous material…

Bertha rises to the surface, one piece at a time

When it comes to the tunnel-boring machine Bertha (to quote the Velvet Underground), “the first thing you learn is you always gotta wait.” But after a…

World-class transportation? Ed Murray to ask voters for nearly a billion

Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly want to ask voters for approval of a 9-year, $900 million levy to fund…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

The Solowheel: Transportation solution or Segway sequel?

Ted McDonald glides up to Seattle’s Solowheel headquarters on his tiny electric “unicycle,” gracefully slows, steps off and picks up the 25 pound wheel with one…