Transportation

Transportation

Sailing soon: an Orca-friendly, all-electric car ferry

Washington is poised to embark on an experiment in electric car ferries that could eventually transform the largest ferry fleet in the nation. And little…

Can Seattle’s new bike share succeed where Pronto failed?

The failure of Seattle’s first attempt at bike sharing was autopsied to infinity, a reflection of the bike community’s conviction that the city is, or could be,…

Take the #3 or #4 downtown? Metro might be rerouting

This story originally appeared on The Urbanist. King County Metro is proposing to move the Route 3 and Route 4 off of James Street and…

After Portland stabbings, commuters saddened, undaunted

As commuters rode the Seattle Link light rail on Tuesday, still reeling from the news of the fatal stabbings about Portland’s MAX light rail on…

When it comes to car tabs, how do you spell relief?

The size of future car tab fees for vehicle owners in the Puget Sound region could come down to dueling formulas on how to calculate…

Seattle toasts the tunnel. Lawyers prepare for war

It was Seattle in 2010 — when first-term President Barack Obama was still glowing from the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Edward Snowden was…

Robot cars: panacea or plague?

The robot cars are coming, like it or not. And local researchers say Seattle better be prepared. From BMW to Ford, car companies say they…

Seattle’s fiercest bike fight is settled — or is it?

After more than two decades of bickering among bicycle and pedestrian advocates and business interests, Seattle appears to have finally settled on a route for…

Seattle’s hills are the worst. Here’s a way to cope.

Seattle’s hills can be daunting for anyone, sometimes even for drivers. And then there are all those construction sites that may push walkers or those…

Uber, Lyft could score win in Olympia

A proposal in the state Senate would solidify the contractor status of drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft — a win for the companies…

Seattle to Vancouver in an hour: Is that our future?

The dream is to send super-fast trains — the type capable of going 250 miles per hour — between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gov. Jay…

Drive now, talk later: Lawmakers look at traffic safety

A pair of road-safety proposals —  one increasing penalties for drunk driving, the other aimed at unleashing police on distracted drivers — face important reviews in…

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…