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Better bus service would improve millions of Americans’ lives. Opinion by NYT columnist, Farhad Manjoo. Photo: Florian Buettner/laif, via Redux
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Billions of dollars in federal aid have pulled New York’s transit agency from the depths of its fiscal crisis. But a growing consensus that its ridership may never return entirely threatens its future. (Photograph by Ali Kate Cherkis, NYT)
When Sound Transit unveiled a $54 billion tax measure in 2016, even its most tenacious critics said the rail and bus budgets were so larded with financial cushions the agency couldn’t possibly run short on cash. Only five years later,...
Washington State DOT’s Ultra High-Speed Ground Transportation Business Case Analysis (UHSGT) is a promotional brochure riddled with serious errors and misstatements
Read the complete paper here: Washington State DOT’s Ultra High-Speed Ground Transportation Business Case Analysis (UHSGT) is a promotional brochure riddled with serious errors and misstatementsKey Findings The term “Ultra High-Speed Ground Transportation...
Latest transportation stories from local papers
In the interest of providing the whole range of news regarding transportation and transit we are providing links to current articles and opinion pages. Smarter Transit does not necessarily agree with the views or info provided in all articles or op-eds.
Sound Transit News
- Sound Transit growth reflected in $90M in...by Mike Lindblom on November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm
So far this year, Sound Transit’s governing board has approved five office leases totaling $90 million, underscoring the agency’s growth as a result of ST3.
- Train and transit talk: Highlights from reporter...by z-inactive-Tyler on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 am
Can Sound Transit projects be completed early? Will ST3 car tab fees come down? What impact will the Trump administration have on funding Seattle-area infrastructure? Mike Lindblom answered your transit-related questions.
- What can Sound Transit do to keep projects in the...by Seattle Times staff on November 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom answers your questions about the future of Sound Transit's light-rail projects, which are facing growing budget pressure from rising land values and construction costs.
- Sound Transit’s Lynnwood extension running...by Mike Lindblom on August 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm
The half-billion-dollar increase for the Sound Transit 2 Lynnwood line comes as a surprise for taxpayers, and officials will negotiate simpler designs with cities along the tracks.
- Here’s why your ST3 car tab fee is so highby Gina Cole and Daniel Beekman on March 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm
On episode 28 of The Overcast, Traffic Lab reporters Mike Lindblom and David Gutman get nerdy with us about Sound Transit 3 and the car tab fees that fund it.
- Sticker shock as much higher car-tab bills land...by David Gutman on February 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm
The state Department of Licensing is getting hit with calls from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties about increased car-tab fees that are just starting to go into effect following the passage of Sound Transit 3.
- Sound Transit moves fast to get deals on loans,...by Mike Lindblom on November 28, 2016 at 12:45 am
Sound Transit is making deals for $2.9 billion in federal loans, bond sales and grants while money is cheap.
- State senator calls for direct elections of Sound...by Mike Lindblom on November 18, 2016 at 1:38 am
Pierce County voters’ opposition to Sound Transit 3 has prompted state Sen. Steve O’Ban to propose direct elections of transit-board members.
- Where Sound Transit 3 projects could speed up or...by Mike Lindblom on November 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Political energy, less red tape or simpler design can speed projects. So can money, say, from the federal government. Disputes about track alignments, inaccurate cost forecasts, elaborate stations or tunnels, or a recession can create delays.
- Passing Sound Transit 3 boost for commuters, jobsby Jon Talton on November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm
The Puget Sound region made a big step forward in transportation and the state advanced the condition of low-wage workers.
General Transportation News
- Inslee signs climate bills, but vetoes parts that...by Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton on May 17, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Gov. Jay Inslee's vetoes of two climate-change-related bills could also raise questions — and legal challenges — about whether the action undertaken Monday exceeds his executive authority.
- Work gets underway to ease an I-5 bottleneck in...by Mike Lindblom on May 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Contractors will start working this week to add a third northbound lane on I-5 at Seneca Street, once dubbed the "worst bottleneck in Washington state." The project has been several years in the making.
- Expect travel delays this summer after ferry fire...by Mike Lindblom on May 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm
The Wenatchee will take months to fix, meaning less capacity and more delays for passengers while several Puget Sound routes make do with smaller vessels than usual. Our graphic shows the extensive ripple effects across the fleet.
- How to spend Seattle’s new $20 car-tab fee...by Mike Lindblom on May 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Should the car-tab fee go toward bridge upgrades, or perhaps bike lanes and traffic calming? The Seattle City Council was scheduled to vote Monday, but decided to wait until fall before choosing how the money will be spent.
- Some I-5 northbound lanes reopen after trucks...by Christine Clarridge on May 7, 2021 at 1:50 pm
Drivers are advised to avoid I-5 after two bad crashes. The first was a fatality, and the second happened in the resulting backup, when two semis crashed, one of which was carrying milk and cream. Investigation and cleanup could be lengthy.
- Seattle City Council favors using car-tab fee...by Mike Lindblom on May 5, 2021 at 11:44 pm
A majority of Seattle City Council members favor spending most of a new $20 car-tab fee to catch up on bridge maintenance. The Council could raise $100 million by issuing 20-year bonds paid off by the car tab revenue.
- North Cascades Highway reopens with a sweet...by Amanda Zhou on May 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
The Washington State Department of Transportation is reopening the North Cascades Highway, or Highway 20, for the season. The road closed due to snow on Nov. 16.
- Families mourn victims of Mexico City subway...by FABIOLA SANCHEZ on May 5, 2021 at 4:05 am
A preliminary review suggested a failure in the horizontal support beams caused the subway accident, Mexico City authorities said. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum urged the public to avoid speculation and promised a thorough and independent investigation.
- How your north Seattle bus route may change this...by Michelle Baruchman on May 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm
King County Metro will adjust numerous bus routes when three light-rail stations serving north Seattle open this fall. Some routes will be eliminated, others added and still others changed to take advantage of light rail.
- With vaccination on the rise, Metro Transit plans...by Michelle Baruchman on May 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm
King County Metro Transit is planning for a ridership rebound as vaccinations increase and companies talk of bringing workers back to the office. But some pre-pandemic transit users say they aren't in a hurry to get back on the bus.