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Category: Transportation
February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

February 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Lower speed limits: Pedestrians can do more to protect themselves

Congratulations to the mayor, the police department and the Seattle Department of Transportation for lowering the speed limits. This is a huge step forward in the never-ending quest to drive the motorists of this town completely insane. Since we are already No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian safety, according to the pedestrian safety…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: cars, Mary Woodring, pedestrians

October 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Streetcars: Too expensive and permanent compared to buses

Thanks to columnist Danny Westneat to at least whisper the truth about streetcars, and the $56.4 million needed for construction of the South Lake Union line [“Streetcar ridership, revenue still off track,” Local News, Oct. 10]. It takes years and millions of dollars to make just a short line like this. As far as…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: buses, Damon Darley, Danny Westneat

August 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

State ferries: Eyman to blame for ferry woes

The problems with the state ferry system can be traced back to a single source: Tim Eyman [“Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system,” Local News, Aug. 19]. The people of this state blindly followed his dismantling of the state highway funding source. You want quality people, from deckhands through management, to…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: highways, Paul Gotz, taxes

July 21, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Road infrastructure can’t fix traffic problems, support public transportation

This week’s state Department of Transportation warnings miss the significance of next week’s traffic snarl [“I-90 closures ahead: Eastside drivers might want to just stay home,” Local News, July 15]. The scenario is not a temporary crisis. It is a view of our future if we choose to continue our present path of highway…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Department of Transportation, Douglas K. Stewart, public transportation

June 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Traffic gridlock: Seattle will pay for viaduct decision

A two-vehicle crash in Seattle on East Marginal Way South near South Nevada Street led to the closure of Highway 99 for hours Tuesday. (HEATHER TRIMM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

I read with interest the story in The Seattle Times concerning the traffic gridlock resulting from an automobile collision south of the West Seattle Bridge that tied up traffic for well over six hours last Tuesday [“City’s layout can put Seattle one crash away from gridlock,” Local News, June 11].

Without going into whether the event could have


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, highway 99, Interstate 5

June 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Traffic congestion: Get political solutions moving, restore road lanes

It’s time that the driving public of Seattle to take a stand and demand that we get our streets back [“Police to angry commuters, sports fans: ‘Good reason’ for traffic jam,” The Today File, June 11]. So many of our major arterial streets have been reduced in size, which has had such a huge…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, road diets, Ross Budden

June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Rails to trails: Good use of a corridor is subjective

As noted in Danny Westneat’s Sunday column, the government contends “landowners have always had trains running through their yards, so if anything, a trail is a more benign use” [“Was public railroaded in trail deal?” Local News, June 7]. Actually, this ignores how many owners feel about a public-access trail through their yards. With real estate,…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Danny Westneat, Rails to trails, railway

May 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Transportation megaprojects: Road project funding could go to Metro

The billions of dollars we are spending on mega road projects could buy a dramatically expanded public transit system that offered free service to all [“Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock,” Local News, May 6]. That would clear a lot of cars from the road and make all this construction unnecessary. When one…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: environment, Highway 520, highway 99

May 9, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Transportation funding needs to keep the environment in mind

The Seattle Times’ front-page article on the problem of transportation [“Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock,” Local News, May 6] highlights a bigger problem associated with the need to address climate change at the state level: It seems we keep expanding the infrastructure for use by the automobile, generally without public input. Consequently…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: 520 bridge, Gas tax, highway 99

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