Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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Earth Day Forecast

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/22_earthday.htm On this Earth Day, WSDOT is working to lower carbon emissions and make transportation sustainable. Ben

Gondolas for Downtown Seattle?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020384060_congestiongondolaxml.html There is a proposal to run aerial gondolas from Capitol Hill to the waterfront to avoid congestion. This could be interesting. Portland has a gondola that is widely used and this has been proposed for other cities. It would definitely be far cheaper than tunneling. Ben

Take a Ski Lift to Work?

From NBC’s Future Tech blog: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/skip-subway-take-ski-lift-work-instead-1B7872322 A proposal has been made to use ski lift gondola technology to get around major US cities. Portland, OR has already implemented a system to get from their waterfront up a hill. This could work, especially with how crowded most city’s roads are currently and the cost of tunneling. […]

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

London’s Tube Turns 150

From NBCNews.com: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/09/16429205-150-years-old-and-still-running-late-londons-tube-celebrates-landmark-anniversary?lite London’s Subway turned 150 this week and is still going strong. For a writeup and videos of my trip on the tube, go here: http://www.pugetsoundtransportation.com/special/london.php Ben

One Day of Transit

https://www.youtube.com/user/STLTransit This YouTube user is using publicly-available data to generate maps showing a typical day of transit in various cities around the world. Very fascinating. Ben

Oil Boom Comes to Washington

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019765679_oil26m.html Oil is being railshipped from fields in Texas and the Midwest to refineries in Washington as production falls in Alaska. Maybe this will end up lowering our gas prices in the state. Ben

Firefighters Practice for Tunnel Fires

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019459043_satsop18m.html Firefighters are using the canceled nuclear reactor at Satsop to practice fighting tunnel fires. The unfinished pipes and tunnels in the plant are perfect for this purpose. With the University Link and Highway 99 tunnels this is a good thing, and a great re-use of this unfinished plant. Ben

Virtual Grocery Shopping on the Commute

From Mashable: http://mashable.com/2012/10/04/virtual-grocery-shopping/ Peapod home food delivery has teamed up with Stop and Shop to place virtual stores in train and transit stations. Using your phone you can shop virtually and then have your items delivered at home. Yet another way to multi-task during your commute. Ben

Port of Tacoma is Going Green

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/08/26/2268550/environmental-experiments-port.html The Port of Tacoma is experimenting with multiple green technologies, from cleaner trucks to rain gardens, to reduce pollution at the port. Given the size and importance of the port to Pierce County, this is a good thing. Ben