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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

August 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Urban livability: Resist population growth

In “Walking the walk on urban livability” [Local News, Aug. 17], Matt Lerner says we must accommodate population growth by building cottages in our backyards, and getting out of our cars and onto our bicycles. Instead, I say we must resist growth rather than accommodate it. The only people who benefit from population growth…


Comments | More in Urban growth | Topics: crime, growth, Maggie Willson

July 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

President’s visit: An idea on how to ease traffic in the future

As I was waiting for traffic to clear during the president’s visit, I came upon the idea of using the Museum of Flight as a venue for solving the financial crisis of fundraisers for candidates in the Northwest [“Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers,” Local News, July 22]. Our museum is a flamboyant display…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: fundraisers, Mark Wilson, Museum of Flight

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 20, 2014 at 6:03 AM

I-5 shooting, shutdown: A job well-done by police

After the terrible shooting and traffic halt on Interstate 5 this week, I would like to give the Seattle police and Washington State Patrol my standing ovation for a job well done under extreme traffic conditions [“Man shot in officer-involved shooting on I-5 bridge,” Local News, June 16]. I was stuck on the bridge…


Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Interstate 5, Mike McBride, seattle police

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

September 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Bike lanes, bus islands and street traffic in Seattle

Bike lanes make everything worse Since the installation of bike lanes, bus islands and lanes devoted to buses, traffic congestion has increased exponentially. We don’t need a study to prove this. Drive around Seattle, talk to drivers, look! There is no bike culture. The number of bike riders is minuscule, but the increase in carbon emissions is…


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: bicycles, bike lanes, bikes

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