Transportation

Playing chicken with Metro buses

The bus system threatens to make big cuts, including on popular Seattle routes, if it doesn't get relief in the form of a surcharge on car-license tabs. Suburban members of the County Council balk at helping more transit-friendly parts of the county. Meanwhile, the city is threatening to put its own big ask to the voters for transit on the same November ballot.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Teen pilot seeking around-the-world record killed in ocean crash

A teen pilot seeking an around-the-world record was killed after his plane crashed into the ocean. Crews are searching Wednesday for his father who was also on board.

SEATTLE TIMES

Letting drivers cut in actually eases traffic congestion

According to Washington State Department of Transportation, letting a driver cut in front of you actually eases traffic flow.

KUOW-FM

How to avoid the I-90 blues

Prominent Eastsiders and transportation wizards weigh in about avoiding traffic-induced mania during this week's I-90 closure.

SEATTLE TIMES

Attention bump-weary transit riders, car drivers: One state has pretty good roads

Roads, highways and bridges are in bad shape across much of America. But one state does much better.

WASHINGTON POST

All westbound lanes of 520 blocked at east highrise

All westbound lanes of Highway 520, at the floating bridge east highrise, are blocked after a three-car accident this morning.

SEATTLE TIMES

What poor commuters think about cycling

A recent survey revealed that low-income respondents still aspire to car ownership and do not view bicycle commuting as a viable transportation option.

ATLANTIC CITIES

I-90's virtual closure: A surprise to the state Transportation Commission

Commissioners say they might have ordered exploration of measures to alleviate the massive troubles when the westbound portion of the freeway across Lake Washington is reduced to a single lane for a whole week. But they learned of the state Department of Transportation's plans from the media.

SEATTLE WEEKLY

Bertha’s sister begins boring tunnel

Meet Bertha’s little sister: Brenda, a boring machine that starts digging a 3.5-mile tunnel from Northgate to the University of Washington today. 

 

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (SEATTLE)

Why Ballard-UW light rail ought to be a priority

None of the other long-term plans under consideration by Sound Transit would have nearly as much value.

SEATTLE TRANSIT BLOG

"Does public transit serve its social obligations? Increasingly the answer is no"

CityLab's David King takes a look at the history of public transportation in America.

THE ATLANTIC
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