Transportation http://www.kplu.org en Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year http://www.kplu.org/post/report-poor-roads-congestion-cost-seattle-area-drivers-1800-year <p>Seattle-area drivers are losing about $1,800 a year due to driving on poor roads, congestion delays and traffic crashes on roads that are unsafe, according to a new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The same report&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says drivers are wasting 48 hours a year stuck in traffic.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:20:03 +0000 Ashley Gross 14701 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year Feds to Fund 16 Local Projects to Benefit Bicyclists, Pedestrians http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-fund-16-local-projects-benefit-bicyclists-pedestrians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will soon be easier to walk or bike around the Puget Sound region, thanks to nearly $17 million in federal funding to build and expand foot bridges, trails and pathways.</span></p><p>The funding from the Federal Highway Administration will benefit <a href="http://blog.psrc.org/2013/12/transportation-funding-approved-for-bike-and-pedestrian-projects/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=transportation-funding-approved-for-bike-and-pedestrian-projects" target="_blank">16 transportation projects</a> in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.</p><p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:57:48 +0000 Florangela Davila 11497 at http://www.kplu.org Feds to Fund 16 Local Projects to Benefit Bicyclists, Pedestrians Mayoral Candidates Differ on Most Effective Transportation Fix http://www.kplu.org/post/mayoral-candidates-differ-most-effective-transportation-fix <p></p><p>Have you ever been stuck in traffic or tried to get on an overcrowded bus, or had to dodge potholes in the bike lanes?</p><p>Sometimes, just getting from point A to point B can be an exercise in frustration, even if you live and work within the city limits of Seattle. The candidates for mayor of Seattle, incumbent Mike McGinn and challenger state Sen. Ed Murray both say they’ve experienced problems in getting around the city.</p><p>Not surprisingly, each candidate also says he is the best candidate to improve transportation in the city.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 10583 at http://www.kplu.org Mayoral Candidates Differ on Most Effective Transportation Fix Inslee Looks to Call Special Session for Transportation Package Vote http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-looks-call-special-session-transportation-package-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is ratcheting up the pressure on legislators to pass a transportation package. He said he’ll call the state Legislature into special session to approve money for transportation investments and repairs, but only if he’s sure he has the votes to pass it.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:55:56 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Mike Baker 9865 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Looks to Call Special Session for Transportation Package Vote State Senate leaders decline $10B transportation plan http://www.kplu.org/post/state-senate-leaders-decline-10b-transportation-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Leaders in the Washington state Senate are declining to vote on a $10 billion Washington state transportation package that has passed the House.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said Saturday that he and his colleagues are unified in their opposition to the plan this session. He says they plan to work over the coming months to help develop a proposal that lawmakers could consider next year.</p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:20:05 +0000 Mike Baker & Rachel La Corte 9213 at http://www.kplu.org State Senate leaders decline $10B transportation plan On second try, state House passes gas tax measure http://www.kplu.org/post/second-try-state-house-passes-gas-tax-measure <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">The Washington House has approved a $10 billion transportation package that includes a 10.5 cent gas tax increase over two years. The vote Thursday followed a <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/gas-tax-package-falls-short-state-house">failed effort Wednesday</a> to approve the same measure.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9193 at http://www.kplu.org On second try, state House passes gas tax measure Cycling symposium: Seattle’s primer for more urban biking http://www.kplu.org/post/cycling-symposium-seattle-s-primer-more-urban-biking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Experts on urban cycling are</span><a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/abassok/bikeurb/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> convening at the University of Washington</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week to talking about how to get more people out of cars and onto bikes. And the experts say Seattle is poised to get to the next level.</span></p><p>Seattle is about half way through its ten-year <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm">Bicycle Master Plan</a>. An update is under way and expected to be approved by the Seattle City Council this fall. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9107 at http://www.kplu.org Cycling symposium: Seattle’s primer for more urban biking Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week http://www.kplu.org/post/temporary-i-5-skagit-river-span-open-week <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The Washington Transportation Department says a temporary span on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge should open this week, less than a month since a section of the bridge collapsed.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:41:23 +0000 The Associated Press 9082 at http://www.kplu.org Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving http://www.kplu.org/post/hands-free-gadgets-dont-mean-risk-free-driving If you've felt smug and safe using built-in, voice-controlled technology for text messages, email and phone calls while driving, forget it. There are some sobering findings about the risk of distraction from the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah.<p>The proliferation of hands-free technology "is a looming public safety crisis," AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet says. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:28:20 +0000 Howard Berkes 9056 at http://www.kplu.org Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon' http://www.kplu.org/post/fueling-84-cents-egallon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061113TB_Danielson_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Imagine paying less than a dollar per gallon for your commute, compared to today's statewide averages of $3.84 in Oregon and Washington and $3.80 in Idaho for a gallon of gas. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:02:37 +0000 Tom Banse 9054 at http://www.kplu.org Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon' King Co. Metro urges lawmakers to pass transpo funding package http://www.kplu.org/post/king-co-metro-urges-lawmakers-pass-transpo-funding-package <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if you don’t ride the bus, you may feel the brunt of possible service cuts by King County Metro as roads get more crowded with cars. That’s one of the messages leaders of King County Metro told the Seattle City Council.</span></p><p>They’re urging the state Legislature to pass a transportation revenue package in the special session that starts in several weeks.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:37:29 +0000 Ashley Gross 8615 at http://www.kplu.org King Co. Metro urges lawmakers to pass transpo funding package Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-warns-major-cuts-bus-service-unless-lawmakers-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Facing a </span><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$75 million shortfal</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/funding-gap.html" target="_blank">l</a>, Metro Transit&nbsp;says it will have to slash its bus service by 17 percent next fall unless the Legislature intervenes.</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:11:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8242 at http://www.kplu.org Metro warns of major cuts to bus service unless lawmakers act Costs said to hamper staffing fixes aboard Washington ferries http://www.kplu.org/post/costs-said-hamper-staffing-fixes-aboard-washington-ferries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington ferry officials blame budget cuts and new rules for Monday’s </span>cancelations<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but workers say that kind of disruption could be avoided.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It didn't take much: A crew member called in sick around midnight. A captain took a vacation but still wound up on the schedule. Those routine staffing hiccups resulted in four canceled ferry runs Monday, stranding hundreds of passengers.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8170 at http://www.kplu.org Costs said to hamper staffing fixes aboard Washington ferries Inslee: Transportation package a must for 2013 http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-transportation-package-must-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> says that passing a transportation funding package this year must be a priority for the Legislature.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, Inslee said he is concerned that momentum for passing such a plan has been dissipating.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:10:07 +0000 The Associated Press 8102 at http://www.kplu.org Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation http://www.kplu.org/post/local-leaders-state-let-us-tax-ourselves-transportation <p></p><p>Local leaders from across King County want to tax themselves to pay for bus service, ferries, roads and bridges, but even local measures would need approval from the state.</p><p>The coalition, which includes the mayor of Seattle and more than 40 other cities, want to be able to tack on fees to car tab renewals and vehicle transfers, among others. That requires approval from state legislators.</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine said local governments should be free to invest in their own infrastructure.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:34:36 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7944 at http://www.kplu.org Local leaders to state: Let us tax ourselves for transportation