Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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WSDOT Reaches Settlement With Toll Vendor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/07/18_TollVendorSettlement.htm WSDOT has reached a settlement with tolling equipment vendor ETC over delays in starting to toll the SR 520 floating bridge. Let’s hope this is the end of the problems. Ben

Transit Smackdown

From Sightline Daily: http://daily.sightline.org/2012/07/18/transit-smackdown-seattle-vs-portland-vs-vancouver/ A review of transit in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, BC. Hint: Vancouver won. Wonder how much of that has to do with their extensive light rail system? Ben

Federal Grants Connect Veterans To Their Communities

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/07/17_vets_grant.htm Special federal grants are used to provide transportation services for veterans in their communities. This is a great program. Any way to move people, especially our veterans, is a good thing. Ben

Weigh Stations Limit Rogue Trucking Companies

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/01/2200910/wild-west-trucking-disappears.html Along with the savings in time and money from the weight in motion and transponder systems, unsafe trucks and companies are being brought in more often for inspection, which makes the roads safer for all. Ben

Weigh Station Transponders Saving Truckers Time

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/06/GrayNotebookWeighStations.htm The weigh in motion scales and transponders are saving truckers time on Washington’s freeways. These systems allow trucks with transponders to avoid the weigh station, saving time and money since the trucks don’t have to stop. As I recall when I traveled to Germany, all trucks were using similar systems. What efficiencies […]

State Funds Available for Freight Rail Projects

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/06/061012_freightrail.htm The state is accepting applications through July 31st for programs to improve freight rail in the state. The projects should create family-wage jobs and demonstrate the economic impact of rail. This is good news. The more freight that can be moved to rail, the better for our roads. Rail is much more […]

Roadway Safety Funding Benefits 40 Cities in Washington

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/06/2012CitySafety.htm 40 cities in Washington will receive a share of 50 million for 75 street improvement projects. These low-cost projects will improve safety at intersections. This is good news. Anything to improve safety, especially with low cost, is a good thing. Ben

Incident Response Program is Working

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/06/0604_quarterlyperformance.htm WSDOT’s Quarterly Report shows that the Incident Response program cost just over $1 million and saved an estimated $10 million in reduced congestion and increased safety. This is great news and a necessary program. With our increased traffic anything, especially something so small, that can be done to improve it should be […]

Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Transportation Taxes

From KOMO-TV http://www.komonews.com/news/local/McKenna-Inslee-weigh-in-on-transportation-taxes-152641275.html Candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee were asked about possible tax increases to fund transportation. McKenna said yes one will be necessary; Inslee won’t commit. Unfortunately as the cost of everything continues to increase, the area grows and projects are deferred, yes, we will need to find ways to raise more money […]

National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/18_2012_workzone_safety.htm National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is April 23-27. Go Orange and Give Em a Break! Ben