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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…

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

October 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Monorail ballot measure: Maglev trains would be the better solution

Seattle’s existing monorail line currently travels from Seattle Center to Westlake Center. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I oppose monorail. [“Reject ballot measure to expand monorail,” Opinion, Oct. 6]. I have ridden trains around the world — monorails, subways, light rail, cable cars and even funiculars. I have studied and compared them. I conclude that monorail is not the solution. It is an old technology. It runs on truck tires.

But light rail is not the solution either, especially for the Ballard-West Seattle route. It would

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Comments | More in transit | Topics: Citizens Petition No. 1, light rail, maglex

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

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

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…

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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…

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

April 24, 2014 at 6:03 AM

The Legislature needs to pass a transportation package that includes transit funding

The real blame for cuts in King County Metro Transit [“Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming,” Local News, April 23] isn’t on King County voters, the Metropolitan King County Council or even Metro. The real blame is on the state Legislature for not passing a transit bill that includes funding…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Christopher Guizlo, King County Metro Transit, metro

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