Transportation

Transportation

Best of 2016: A rare victory in a city of lovable transit losers

In the fall of 2011, Sound Transit erected a fence around a two block radius of Capitol Hill. Everything within its perimeter – even the…

Can ferries be as transformative as light rail?

For all the hand wringing about King County’s proposed $54 billion light rail expansion, Kitsap County’s Proposition 1, which would add new ferries to downtown…

6 questions to ponder while you vote on Sound Transit 3

Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time in transit. I’ve also spent a lot of time on transit. When a journalist who doesn’t own…

$50 billion for ST3: Too big a bet on an uncertain future?

This is the fourth in a multi-part series on Sound Transit 3. Read part 1 here. By any measure, Sound Transit 3 is a megaproject. A…

The $54 billion question: Can we afford Sound Transit 3?

This is the third in a multi-part series on Sound Transit 3. Read part 1 here. If you’re Washington’s King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, for…

How Seattle blew its chance at a subway system

“The question is no longer whether we will grow, but only how we will grow." So said attorney and civic leader Jim Ellis in a…

Puget Sound’s $50-billion transit proposal, demystified

This is the second in a multi-part series on Sound Transit 3. Read part 1 here. In the Central Puget Sound, a monster is lumbering…

The War on Bikes should be history

The Seattle Police Department is investigating who has been spreading carpet tacks along the Westlake bike track in recent weeks. At first speculated to have…

Puget Sound’s transportation future is on the line — and the ballot

In October of an election year, perhaps the least likely sentence one would expect to hear from a representative of an agency staking its future…

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…