Transportation

Ferry Funding Crisis
2:20 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Governor's Puget Sound ferry authority proposal a no-go in legislature

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are rejecting Governor Gregoire's proposal to fix the state ferry system's chronic deficit by making it into an independent taxing district. 

At a House Transportation Committee hearing yesterday, lawmakers nixed the idea, saying they don't think it has the votes to pass.  And as John Stang of the Kitsap Sun reports, the Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee says she won't even give the proposal a hearing

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State Ferries
3:59 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Gregoire: Counties should take over state ferries

It’s sink or swim time for Washington state ferries. That’s the message from Governor Chris Gregoire. The nation’s largest ferry system is under water financially. 

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
6:59 am
Thu December 2, 2010

McGinn wants tunnel-related downtown traffic study

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct (part of Highway 99) is moving toward replacement by a deep-bore tunnel, something Mayor Mike McGinn and others oppose.
AP

The planned  tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way viaduct will include tolls, and that will push traffic onto nearby streets and I-5, according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.  So, he’s hiring a consultant to look at ways to handle extra traffic.  

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Winter Weather
4:40 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Roads still slow-going for Metro

Abandoned cars on normally busy I-5 near Boeing Field in Seattle. Backups here lasted 9 hours or more for commuters.
WSDOT

Our icy roads continue to make for reduced Metro bus services. Snow routes will be observed again Wednesday, as the agency copes with tough driving conditions and the cold temperatures keeping the ice frozen solid.

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Winter Weather
5:59 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home

Main highways and side streets, such as this scene at 1st & Western in Seattle, are the scene of cars scattered across roadways. The quick freeze and ice made make streets impossible to pass today.
Twitpic/@elise81

If you don't have to be on the roads today you're being asked to stay home. State and local transportation officials around western Washington say conditions remain extremely poor, and won't improve much as the region remains in a deep freeze.

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Traffic
3:26 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain open southbound through evening commute

The Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to keep the I-5 express lanes open in the southbound direction through Tuesday afternoon.

In certain snow and ice conditions WSDOT leaves these lanes open during normally scheduled closures to prevent ice and snow accumulation. Drivers headed in the northbound direction through downtown Seattle should plan accordingly. 

Updated traffic conditions are available on the WSDOT website

Winter Weather
12:51 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues

No one was seriously injured in this Pierce Transit bus accident near the UW Tacoma campus. Twenty were on board when the bus slid down a slick hill near 19th & Jefferson.
Twitpic/@ksymer

Monday's snow is wreaking havoc in Pierce County. The conditions have clogged roads with multiple accidents and spinouts, leaving some commuters stranded and affecting public transit operations.

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Winter Weather
12:18 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Plea to drivers to stay off the roads today

The view from S. 125th & Park on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. As temperatures drop Monday, driving could become quite treacherous.
Justin Steyer/KPLU

The people who get paid to worry about our public roads want you to delay any travel plans for a day or two. State transportation officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads today as a cold and snow system pushes through western Washington today.

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State Ferry System
11:22 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Newest state ferry in service today

The Chetzemoka at her official first voyage on Sunday. It's the state's newest ferry, carrying 64 cars.
Beth Redfield photo.

The first new car ferry in Washington State in more than a decade enters scheduled service in Port Townsend this morning.  The Chetzemoka (pronounced CHET-za-MOCH-ah) was christened Sunday.

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South Sound News
10:48 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Growth Pains as Lewis-McChord Population Booms

If you've been stuck in traffic jams on I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently, you're not alone. The back-ups are an almost daily occurrence since thousands of soldiers returned from deployments. The race is on to come up with some long-term solutions, not only to the transportation troubles but to education and social service demands. That's because military analysts predict an additional 14,000 more soldiers and their families will arrive by 2015.

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