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July 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Seattle council delivers votes, not money, for First Avenue streetcar

The Seattle City Council has chosen First Avenue as a future streetcar route, and agreed to seek up to $75 million in federal money, in a resolution passed Monday afternoon. And unlike the two other streetcar routes, this one would use transit-only lanes, so the trains spend less time stuck in traffic. Passenger service would be…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: First Avenue Streetcar, Seattle City Council

July 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Traffic ‘free flowing’ on westbound I-90, despite predictions

Update | 9:07 a.m.: Among those who set out early to try to beat the traffic was Megan Ching. She left her Bellevue home a little after 6 a.m. — 40 minutes earlier than usual — to carpool with her fiancé to Seattle. They decided to brave Interstate 90 westbound, despite having only one lane open. “I…

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July 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

RapidRide use is way up

It’s no secret transit use is growing in Seattle, but that’s especially true where King County Metro focuses bus service on its proven, busy corridors. New figures for May show that five RapidRide lines are carrying 28 percent more passengers than the buses they replaced. RapidRide usually provides frequent service, with low-floor, three-door buses to get people on and off quicker…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: increased ridership, RapidRide, several routes

July 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Citizen tip closes LaConner’s ‘rainbow bridge,’ traffic being detoured

The landmark arch bridge between LaConner and the Swinomish Reservation was closed Thursday afternoon, after someone told dispatchers a piece of it fell off the bottom. A quick inspection by Skagit County Public Works didn’t find any damage, but the county closed it anyway as a precaution, said Dan Berentson, public works director.  Inspectors from the…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bridges, rainbow bridge, Skagit County

June 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Cruise ship returned to Seattle after boiler fire doused

UPDATE AT 11 A.M. SUNDAY: The Westerdam cruise ship has left the port, after the Coast Guard declared the vessel safe to continue on to Alaska. No one was injured, and no evacuations were needed from the fire in the ship’s boiler room Saturday afternoon. ORIGINAL POST: A Holland America cruise ship carrying more than 2,800 people…

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June 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

14 arrested at Paradiso; hospital busy with overdoses, injuries

Dozens of overdosed, injured or dehydrated concert fans are being treated this weekend at Quincy Valley Medical Center near The Gorge Amphitheatre, site of the two-day Paradiso electronic music festival. The hospital is on pace to match last year’s Paradiso total of 88 patients, medical center spokeswoman Michele Wurl said late Saturday afternoon. Some have…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Paradiso, The Gorge Ampitheatre

June 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Traffic to slow with big events and closures of 520 bridge, I-5 lanes

Update 4 p.m. Saturday: The scheduled closure of SR 522 at the Snohomish River Bridge in Monroe has been canceled, the state says, because of rain in the forecast. Original post: Another slow weekend is approaching for Seattle highway users, who must dodge another Highway 520 closure along with I-5 narrowings and even a 10-mile night detour…

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June 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Sound Transit CEO recovering after brain surgery

Joni Earl, longtime CEO of Sound Transit, will be off the job for “a number of months” while she recovers from a brain injury, the agency announced today. The problem, described by Sound Transit as a “serious injury,” was diagnosed April 21, and Earl underwent surgery for blood-vessel leakage. She is recovering well, and has…

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