Your Commute http://www.kplu.org en Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose http://www.kplu.org/post/gridlock-seattles-i-5-after-metal-comes-loose <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151885530&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:34:21 +0000 Ed Ronco 16867 at http://www.kplu.org Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose Less guesswork: Seattle getting second electronic bicycle counter http://www.kplu.org/post/less-guesswork-seattle-getting-second-electronic-bicycle-counter <p>Five years ago, Seattle adopted a <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm">Bicycle Master Plan</a>. It aims to triple the amount of bicycling in Seattle by the year 2017. But until just a few months ago, there was no way to accurately count cyclists. That’s changing.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7812 at http://www.kplu.org Less guesswork: Seattle getting second electronic bicycle counter WA gets top marks for seatbelt use, lagging on cell phone safety http://www.kplu.org/post/wa-gets-top-marks-seatbelt-use-lagging-cell-phone-safety <p>Washington State has <a href="http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/resources/news/">the highest rate</a> of seat belt use in the nation. That’s according to a report recently released by the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/" target="_blank">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a>.</p><p>Bob Calkins with the Washington State Patrol keeps an eye on the statistics.</p><blockquote><p>“The national average is 84 percent. We are first among competing states at 97 and a half percent,” he says.</p></blockquote><p>Following Washington are California, Oregon and Hawaii.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:20:03 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6711 at http://www.kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around http://www.kplu.org/post/520-tolls-%E2%80%93-drive-around-or-pay-many-are-driving-around <p>Today is the first big day for car commuters since automatic tolling went live on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington.</p><p>It&rsquo;s viewed as the start of the first really meaningful data-set for people who crunch numbers behind the scenes of the State Department of Transportation.</p><p>So far, the commute has pushed traffic to the south, with the I-90 bridge seeing more congestion &hellip; and more room created on 520, where drivers now have to pay to cross.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:47:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3587 at http://www.kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks http://www.kplu.org/post/520-tolling-begin-3-weeks <p>Tolling on the 520 Bridge <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/520/FAQ.htm#TollRates1">will start at 5 am on December 29<sup>th</sup></a>.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from the state Department of Transportation, after multiple glitches that have delayed the system till now.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 02:11:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3390 at http://www.kplu.org 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/ford-unveiling-all-new-focus-electric-car-seattle <p>Seattle&#39;s Century Link Field is again the location for the unveiling of a new all-electric car.&nbsp;</p><p>The Nissan Leaf debuted here nearly a year ago. Tomorrow morning there will be a demonstration of the plug-in technology at the charging stations near the stadium &ndash; to mark <a href="http://www.plugincars.com/ford-now-taking-online-orders-2012-focus-electric-109596.html?utm_source=feedburner">the opening of order banks </a>for owning the new Ford electric vehicle.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:22:22 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3063 at http://www.kplu.org Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle Expect Seattle's own 'Carmageddon' during 9-day viaduct closure http://www.kplu.org/post/expect-seattles-own-carmageddon-during-9-day-viaduct-closure <p>It&rsquo;ll be the longest full closure of a Seattle area highway the region&rsquo;s ever dealt with. In less than two weeks, demolition begins on the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Several miles of <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/Viaduct/">State Route 99 will be closed</a> for nine days starting Oct 21<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp;</p><p>The state says all commuters will be affected &ndash; but none more than those near West Seattle. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2850 at http://www.kplu.org Expect Seattle's own 'Carmageddon' during 9-day viaduct closure More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/more-leaving-cars-behind-when-going-work-seattle <p>More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That&rsquo;s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:05:17 +0000 Charla Bear 1944 at http://www.kplu.org More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle Getting ready for the storm http://www.kplu.org/post/getting-ready-storm <p>With frigid temperatures and up to six inches of snow bearing down on the Puget Sound region, transit agencies are getting ready.</p><p>The latest forecast says the snow is likely to arrive a little later than previously thought. That means evening commuters may escape the brunt of the blast.</p><p>Tom Pearce -- with Snohomish Community Transit -- says its buses are operating on regular routes, for now &hellip;</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:37:31 +0000 Liam Moriarty 864 at http://www.kplu.org Getting ready for the storm Icy nightmare descends on Monday night's commute http://www.kplu.org/post/icy-nightmare-descends-monday-nights-commute <p>Temperatures plummeted quickly Monday evening, freezing wet roads already dusted with snow. It's added up to a nightmare commute for many trying to get home.</p><p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:15:21 +0000 Gary Davis 198 at http://www.kplu.org Icy nightmare descends on Monday night's commute Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-roads-worsen-snow-continues <p>Monday's snow is wreaking havoc in Pierce County.&nbsp;The conditions have clogged roads with multiple accidents and spinouts, leaving some commuters stranded and affecting public transit operations. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:51:41 +0000 Gary Davis 194 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues Plea to drivers to stay off the roads today http://www.kplu.org/post/plea-drivers-stay-roads-today <p>The people who get paid to worry about our public roads want you to delay any travel plans for a day or two. <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/">State transportation officials are asking</a> drivers to stay off the roads today as a cold and snow system pushes through western Washington today. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:18:15 +0000 Gary Davis 193 at http://www.kplu.org Plea to drivers to stay off the roads today Metro buses on snow routes Monday http://www.kplu.org/post/metro-buses-snow-routes-monday <p>Metro buses will be running on snow routes Monday. It's a precautionary measure due to the threat of snow. The National Weather Service has issued <a href="http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew/">a winter weather advisory</a>, warning of possible snow accumulations during the day on Monday of one to three inches from southwest Washington northward, perhaps as far as Seattle and Everett.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 05:47:47 +0000 Gary Davis 188 at http://www.kplu.org Metro buses on snow routes Monday