Transportation

Transportation

Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

Update: 8:00 AM Tuesday: According to the WSDOT website, Seattle Tunnel Partners decided to wait until Tuesday morning to finish the lift. Operations to set the cutterhead…

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…

SDOT plans a safer Rainier Ave. – for cars and pedestrians, not bikes

They “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban quipped about his country’s neighbors following their 1973 peace conference. The…

Does the Northwest need electric trains?

It would be a seismic shift for the region: Electrify a main line rail corridor with renewable energy. Make the line so competitive it can…

Bertha ready for repairs. But what about a viaduct closure?

The builders of the waterfront tunnel said Monday that they will move ahead this spring with repairs to the stalled Bertha tunneling machine. A little earlier in the…

Senate, House at odds over oil-train safety steps

The Washington Senate passed an oil transportation safety bill 26-23 along caucus lines Monday, setting up a showdown with a recently passed House Democrat bill.…

The downtown bicycle revival circus

I'm about to confess to a guilty pleasure. For a number of years I lived in the northwest sector of Seattle. To get to my…

Ed Murray’s transportation plan: Is everybody happy?

Using the backdrop of a noisy Market Street in Ballard, Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle's new transportation vision, Move Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation program…

Senate puts transportation into higher gear

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen ruled Monday that the Washington Senate's new internal procedural rule to require a two-thirds majority to pass any new taxes is…

Democrats stall a Senate transportation package

It was a desperate last-gasp parliamentary trick. No one knew if it would work. In fact, no one knows yet if Democratic Sen. Annette Cleveland's…

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

Some transportation votes close in Senate

Parts of a long-delayed Washington Senate transportation package will likely show up on the chamber's floor in a few days. The question is how many…

Olympia this week: The transportation question

The big question this coming week is whether something will happen: Will the Washington Senate leadership put a transportation package to a vote? Outside of…

Commentary: Smart choices on transportation money?

There has been much ink devoted to the challenges we face in the Puget Sound Region due to rapid population growth. Seattle itself is considered the…

Transportation plan barrels past quarrels

The "poison pill" stays in. The Columbia River Crossing bridge in Vancouver still stays out. And a solid Democrat-Republican split exists on the compromise Washington…

‘Poison pill’ in gas tax plan worry enviros

Some environmental groups objected to a "poison pill" that could hurt state funding for transit. Other people at a hearing on a proposed state transportation…

Senators reach bipartisan transportation deal

It took 22 months to gestate. But a bipartisan $15.1 billion Washington Senate transportation package with an 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike was unveiled Thursday. Now…

Seattle’s new plan to eliminate traffic deaths

Seattle officials launched a new program today to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries in the city by 2030. Vision Zero — a collaboration…

Should oil trains’ schedules be public knowledge?

Should the public know when oil trains come through and what type of oil they are carrying? That question was debated Tuesday at a Washington…

King County Metro’s bathroom reform: Constipated or incompetent?

On a drizzly weekend evening a few days before Christmas, a Metro driver stepped into the newly installed port-a-potty on South Myrtle Street. Muffled sounds…