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Category: Traffic congestion
December 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I-405 traffic: Ideas for fixes

The question “why is it so bad?” is easy to answer but hard to fix [“I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays,” Local News, Dec. 21]. Politics: The problem with this state is its division of need. Eastern Washington could not, wrongfully, care less about Western Washington’s needs. The intrastate commerce is at…


Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: I-405, Jim Morris, mass-transit

October 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Seattle congestion woes: Keep the viaduct to ease congestion

In regard to “Regional commute times worsen” [Local News, Oct 20], there is one, maybe only one, measure that far-sighted planners interested in truly alleviating the problem of impending grid lock might take: Continue theHighway 99 tunnel project, but stop the removal of the viaduct and rebuild or retrofit what remains. During the planning…


Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: Charles Larkin, congestion, Highway 99 tunnel

April 2, 2014 at 6:03 AM

King County Prop. 1: high costs of congestion; serving the underserved

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The costs from congestion is already too high

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute rates Seattle’s gridlock at six hours per day, with delays costing trucking $546,000,000 per year [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30]. For each of our personal vehicles, it cited $1,519 of congestion cost by 2006. Meanwhile, we add almost 40,000 residents per year.

Fixing the growing problem requires highway improvements and huge spending. Replacing our crumbling viaduct with a 1.7 mile tunnel will total nearly $3 billion. Highway 520 changes cost $4.6 billion. Neither added capacity. That would have cost far more and required costly improvements to choked city streets and parking.

The main alternative is transit. Metro has 400,000 boardings daily. In contrast, Interstate 5 moves only 207,000 vehicles daily at Seneca, Highway 99 moves 60,000 north of the West Seattle Bridge and Interstate 90 handles just 145,000 east of Interstate 405.

There is no cheap solution when congestion costs for just trucking equal taxes spent for the entire Metro operations budget. Rides on Metro almost exactly match the cited number of vehicles on I-5, I-90 and Highway 99 combined. How many of those 118 million annual riders can we force into cars as worsening congestion already costs each driver $1,500 dollars per year and costs trucking over half a billion?

Proposition 1 is cheap by comparison and vital to our roads and economy.

Brian Sherlock, Shoreline

Better transportation for underserved communities

I disagree with guest columnist Bill Eager’s characterization of our transportation system in King County. Public spending on


Comments | More in Metro, Traffic congestion, Transportation | Topics: Bill Eager, king county metro, Lucas Simons

September 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Less than half of Seattle commuters drive alone to work

City needs mass-transit system The recent article on cars apparently deals with only Seattle proper, ignoring the huge amount of daily auto traffic to and from the surrounding cities. [“Cars losing grip on Seattle,” page one, Sept. 25.] The terrible traffic conditions in Seattle are not caused by people who live and work here. Of note, also,…


Comments | More in Automobile industry, Seattle, Traffic congestion, Transportation | Topics: mass-transit, Seattle, Seattle traffic

March 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Washington environmental figures hired by coal companies

Coal trains will be inconvenience A coal tran goes through Seattle on the way to Vancouver, B.C. Recent efforts to bring coal terminals to Washington and Oregon have seen ‘green’ strategists working with coal companies. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES) “ ‘Green’ strategists now back coal trains” [page one, Feb. 26] reveals that a great deal of…


Comments | More in Climate change, Environment, Traffic congestion, Transportation | Topics: coal, Coal trains, fishing

August 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Traffic law: Is a criminal charge warranted in killing others on the road?

Roads shouldn’t be governed by survival of the fittest I heartily disagree with the state Court of Appeals and The Seattle Times [“Court right to reject Seattle traffic law,” Opinion, editorial, Aug. 21] that a traffic infraction cannot turn into a crime. It seems to me that turning illegally into the path of an oncoming vehicle —…


Comments | More in bicycling, courts, Pedestrians, Public safety, Seattle, Traffic congestion, Transportation

July 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

City streets: Why are they in such bad shape?

What gets a city employee fired? The Seattle Times article about incompetence in city government [“The street crews that couldn’t pour straight,” page one, July 17] reminds me of why we need daily newspapers to serve as professional watchdogs. It also brought to mind The Seattle Times article from some years ago about the city employee…


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Traffic congestion, Transportation

July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Transportation: sounding off on street crews, buses and light rail

Crunican doesn’t compare to previous city engineers The Times article on street crews [“Curb crew blunders mean heat for Nickels,” page one, July 14] reported, “Drago has been a reliable Crunican supporter and credited her Monday with outshining her predecessors on big projects.” A more ridiculous and utterly stupid assertion is hard to imagine. No professional engineer in…


Comments | More in Light rail, Traffic congestion, transit, Transportation

July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

City management: Seattle officials rewarding poor performance

Resignations should come over $40k bonus The Seattle Times informed the public of Mayor Greg Nickels inappropriately paying a bonus to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. When the city cannot balance its budget and the superintendent allowed City Light to have a $90 million budget gap, there isn’t an acceptable reason to have paid Carrasco…


Comments | More in Seattle, Seattle City Council, Traffic congestion, Transportation, weather

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