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  • Bus service cuts start Saturday as Metro Transit...
    by Heidi Groover on September 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Metro will cut bus service starting this weekend, as the pandemic hurts transit agency funding. The cuts will amount to 15% of the agency’s overall service before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Metro has already cut some bus routes this year due to the outbreak, so some of the reductions may not […]

  • First rental scooters hit Seattle streets
    by Heidi Groover on September 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Seattle’s first free-floating rental scooters will be available this week after the bike and scooter company Lime said it deployed 500 scooters here Wednesday.  The electric foot scooters will be available in downtown, South Lake Union, Sodo, the Central District, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Fremont […]

  • SDOT director supports more bridge maintenance...
    by Mike Lindblom on September 15, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Though city transportation managers need $34 million to fully maintain aging bridges, SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe says he won't ask for anywhere near that much in the 2021 budget cycle this fall. It may take a couple years and "community conversations" to boost the program.

  • Seattle is shortchanging bridge maintenance,...
    by Mike Lindblom on September 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    At $6.6 million a year, Seattle's spending to maintain bridges remains far too low, a new audit report says. The audit cites a "conservative" SDOT estimate that $34 million a year should be invested to maintain older bridges.

  • SDOT promises 55 small projects to help cope with...
    by Mike Lindblom on September 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The Seattle Department of Transportation says it's ready to start building 40 top-ranked small projects, plus 15 other changes based on additional talks with neighbors, aimed at helping travelers navigate detours required by closure of the West Seattle Bridge.

  • Highway 520 bridge over Lake Washington to close...
    by Mike Lindblom on September 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The state will close Highway 520 across Lake Washington crossing so that contractors can make progress on a new Montlake interchange being constructed near the University of Washington.

  • Optimism grows in ability to fix West Seattle...
    by Mike Lindblom on September 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Seattle transportation managers are growing confident that repairs can squeeze at least 15 more years of use out of the cracked West Seattle Bridge. Such repairs would restore six lanes of traffic in 2022, compared to an immediate demolition and replacement that would disrupt travel until 2026 or […]

  • Electric scooters approved for Seattle, but can...
    by Heidi Groover on September 9, 2020 at 1:35 am

    The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to approve legislation allowing free-floating rentable scooters and changing the rules for where scooters will be allowed. Council members said part of the goal of green-lighting a scooter program now is to allow people to learn to ride the devices while the […]

  • 9 people arrested during protest where drivers...
    by Heidi Groover on September 4, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Washington State Patrol troopers arrested nine drivers participating in a protest that blocked traffic on Interstate 5 through Seattle on Friday morning, according to videos and accounts from the scene and the state patrol.

  • Ferry service increased for isolated Point Roberts
    by The Associated Press on September 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    The community was largely cut off from the U.S. mainland when Canada and the U.S. closed their land border this spring to nonessential crossings to control the spread of the coronavirus.