Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Transportation Related' Category


The Port is Turning Around

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/07/2207333/port-in-midst-of-turnaround-after.html After a slowdown brought on by the recession, freight volumes are up at the Port of Tacoma. Part of this has to do with the moving of the Grand Alliance from Seattle to Tacoma. Given the importance of the Port to Tacoma and Pierce County, this is good news. This […]

Why People Prefer Streetcars

From Feed Tacoma: http://i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/why-people-prefer-streetcars-over-001/ Article discusses why riders prefer streetcars over buses. Ben

SODO Can Handle New Stadium, Transportation-Wise

From KING-5 via MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47530430/ns/local_news-seattle_wa/#.T8gQN7906E6 A transportation study concludes that the SODO area could handle a new NBA stadium even if there are multiple events taking place at the same time. Events shouldn’t conflict with the Port of Seattle either due to different times for events and work. It is true the SODO area has […]

Puget Sound Drivers Spent Less Time in Traffic

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018257418_traffic22m.html Seattle-area drivers spent an average of 33 hours on the road last year which is an improvement due to less traffic on the roads. I also wonder how much expanded road and transit projects has also helped traffic. Ben

Safer Cars Lead to Less Highway Deaths

From MSNBC: http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/21/11758504-highway-deaths-plunging-as-cars-become-safer?lite Safer cars continue to lower highway deaths. This is great news. We still continue to drive, even with increased congestion and gas prices, so anything that makes us safer is good. Ben

Golden Gate Bridge Celebrates Its 75th

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Golden-Gate-celebrates-75th-with-help-of-engineers-152291915.html The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco celebrates its 75th anniversary over Memorial Day weekend, mainly due to constant maintenance and repairs. Just wait until the new Narrows Bridge reaches that milestone. Ben

New Welcome Sign on Foss Waterway

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/05/21/2152182/new-welcome-for-thea-foss-waterway.html The Foss Waterway has a new welcome sign painted on a tank at the refinery near the entrance. Given how many people use the Foss, is it a major entryway to the city. Having the signage only can help out visitors. Ben

30 Minutes on Public Transit

From The Atlantic: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/05/30-minutes-transit-20-world-cities/2033/ This mapping tool, available at http://www.mapnificent.net/, shows you how far you can get in 30 minutes in various cities around the world using nothing but public transportation. Very interesting mashup of multiple data sources. Ben

Where the Rails Meet the Sails

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/soundeconomywithjontalton/2018165157_maritime_week_where_the_rails.html Interesting article discussing using rail to move freight from the ports. Ben

Your Commute May Be Bad for Your Health

From MSNBC: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/07/11581900-beep-beep-that-creeping-commute-is-hurting-your-health?lite A study shows the longer your commute, the more likely you are to have high blood pressure and be overweight. This appears to be due to the commute taking time from exercise, among other things. Well riding the train helps the blood pressure. Maybe the Sounder needs to add a gym car? […]