Transportation

Transportation

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…

Transportation plan nears final votes

An 11.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase is a key part of a 16-year, $16.1 billion transportation project package. The plan is headed to the Washington Senate…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

Inslee, GOP offer compromises on transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has offered to delay installing low-carbon standards for motor fuels by three years in order to resolve the last major dispute on…

Voters can expect all $930 million of Move Seattle next fall

For all the talk of dramatic amendments from Councilmember Nick Licata, the largest property tax levy in Seattle history, a transportation funding package, emerged relatively…

Debating tricky transpo questions at Community Idea Lab

We learned a lot from the presentations and discussions on Wednesday night at Crosscut's third Community Idea Lab (this one on transportation). Perhaps the biggest…

Murray boasts about Metro Transit upgrades

When it comes to revamping King County Metro’s bus service in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray has a plan – and it all hinges on extra…

Quick recap from last night’s Community Idea Lab on transportation

How perfectly ironic that one of the first tweets about last night's Community Idea Lab was inspired by traffic on I-90. Tweeter Pat Dunn and…

How Puget Sound’s past shapes its transportation future

You think you’ve got a better idea for getting around town? If so, you’re part of a long tradition of Seattleites reinventing how to move…

Guest Opinion: For U.S. cities, a way out of transportation troubles

In 1999, I stepped into my first community meeting in a small, windowless church in Oakland, California. My fellow city staff and I were there…

How the council might change Murray’s Move Seattle plan

Seattle City Council members introduced 10 amendments Tuesday to revise Mayor Ed Murray’s historically large $930 million Move Seattle property tax levy to fund transportation.…

Move Seattle’s pricetag was raised by $30 million. Was it justified?

Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Department of Transportation feel good about the size of the $930 million Move Seattle transportation levy. Their confidence is…

Puget Sound’s transportation future: Some key considerations

The Puget Sound's transportation problems abound, but possible fixes remain unresolved. As planners and civic leaders sit down to develop long-term plans, the question of…

Guest Opinion: Where is the region’s viable and sustainable transportation plan?

According to the long-range transportation plan for the region, in 2040 the Puget Sound area will have built light rail lines from Everett to Tacoma and from…

Should Arctic drilling opponents take on Shell, or our own craving for crude?

Ok, admit it — you’re a little queasy about the recent “Paddle in Seattle” protests against Shell. It’s not that you questioned their cause: the…

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…

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…