Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Attempt to Stop I-90 Light Rail Fails

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/09/state-supreme-court-rejects-kemper-freeman-attempt-to-stop-i-90-light-rail/ Developer Kemper Freeman’s lawsuit to stop putting light rail on the Interstate 90 floating bridge has been rejected. This is great news. If anywhere needs reliable high speed transit it is the Eastside with Microsoft, Nintendo, Google and many other large and small tech companies. Ben

Tunnel Liner Manufacturer Shuts Down

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/02/2663448/viaduct-liner-builder-fps-encon.html The manufacturer of tunnel lining segments for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel has shut down over issues with the contract. Hopefully the problem is resolved soon. This project, like many here, is way overdue. Ben

Milton, Edgewood and Fife Propose New Bus Route

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/09/2632268/milton-edgewood-and-fife-protest.html With cuts to Pierce Transit service looming, the cities of Milton, Fife and Edgewood are proposing a circulator route to replace the 500/501 that will be cut back. This is a good idea. Fife especially has a large transient population of workers during the day who need access to the […]

MicMillin Bridge to Be Replaced

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/30/2618915/historic-mcmillin-bridge-near.html The historic McMillin bridge, a rare concrete through truss, will need to be replaced. It is functionally obsolete. The funded plan will be to build a new bridge next to it and then tear the old one down. Ben

Pierce, Snohomish County Transit Turn Down Gun Control Ads

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Snohomish-Pierce-County-transits-say-no-to-gun-control-ads-208247721.html Snohomish and Pierce County transit groups say new ads from Washington Ceasefire are too controversial. They will not be displayed on the agencies buses. Ben

Pierce Transit Union Plans No-Confidence Vote On CEO

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/28/2576078/pierce-transit-union-plans-no.html#emlnl=Local_News With all the reductions in service and staff, Pierce Transit’s union plans a no-confidence vote for the Pierce Transit CEO. This is understandable. Like most things nowdays, the organization is very top-heavy while the rank and file take the brunt of the cuts. Interesting to see how this plays out. […]

Lakewood Sues to Stop Point Defiance Bypass Project

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/street/2013/03/28/suit-seeks-to-stop-rerouting-of-amtrak-trains-through-lakewood/ Lakewood is suing to prevent the Point Defiance Bypass project from going forward, claiming the environmental review didn’t look at traffic impacts. While we want the project done right, we do need the project done period. Hopefully the lawsuit won’t result in costly delays like what happened with Seattle Link […]

State Could Sell Naming Rights to Roads

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Starbucks-Espressway-State-could-sell-naming-rights-to-roads-187917711.html The state is looking at selling naming rights to roads and bridges as a way to bring in badly-needed funding. I don’t really like this idea, but if people don’t want to pay taxes and tolls this may be an innovative way to get the funding needed for repairs and expansion. Ben

Lakewood Dislikes Amtrak Bypass Project

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/06/2357014/lakewood-leaders-not-fans-of-amtrak.html Lakewood is unhappy with the proposal to route Amtrak trains through town as part of the Point Defiance Bypass project. They cite lack of tunnels/overpasses for traffic as part of the problem. It should be noted however that the main trains to use this line will be the high speed […]

Council Pushing to Delay Eastlake Streetcar Study

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019562946_streetcars31m.html The Seattle City Council wants to push a study of a possible Eastlake streetcar to 2014. The costs will only continue to increase. Now is the time to make a plan and execute on it. Ben