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September 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Metro bus service cuts not quite as bad as predicted

King County Metro Transit has found enough savings to limit its cuts to 400,000 bus service hours per year instead of the 550,000 hours predicted earlier, General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a news conference this morning. That bit of good news raises the possibility that if Seattle voters approve new transit taxes this…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: budget, buses, cuts

September 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Seattle DOT: Bike traffic tripling on Second Avenue

UPDATE 9:19 a.m: The Seattle DOT is filming an instructional video along Second Avenue this morning, and handing out about $250 in privately-funded gift certificates to drivers and cyclists “being awesome”  by obeying the traffic signals.  The certificates are for use in Second Avenue restaurants and cafes. Nonetheless, a young woman was nearly hit at 8:45 this…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Scott Kubly, Second Avenue bike lane

September 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Metro Transit workers reject wage freeze

King County Metro Transit workers have overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have frozen wages for 2014 and 2015, followed by an inflation-indexed raise in 2016. The count by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 on Wednesday night was 839 yes, 1,595 no, a pass rate of only 34 percent.  A total 2,434 ballots were…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, King County Metro Transit

September 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

State names Pierce Transit leader as new ferries chief

The Washington State Department of Transportation has named Lynne Griffith, CEO of Pierce Transit, to lead the state ferries system. Griffith begins her new role at Washington State Ferries in October, said a news release this morning from Lynn Peterson, state transportation secretary. Griffith takes the helm amid a squall of problems, such as boat breakdowns…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Lynne Griffith, Washington State Ferries, WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson

September 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Bertha burrows ahead 3 feet

Tunnel-boring machine Bertha dug forward three feet Thursday and Friday, to get ready for fall repairs, the state Department of Transportation said Monday. “We were just pleased we were able to move three feet, after it sat so long,” said Chris Dixon, executive director of contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners, in a phone interview Monday. The giant drill’s cutter…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, tunnel

September 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Second Avenue entices cyclists, baffles motorists

City officials were right. Seattle’s new protected bike lane on Second Avenue, which opened Monday morning, is already a game changer. Bike traffic appeared to be three or four times normal, though some gains can be attributed to the novelty of the project.  The Seattle Department of Transportation is expected to have numbers later today….

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bike lanes, Second Avenue

September 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Memorial ride planned Friday afternoon for bicyclist Sher Kung

A large group of people is expected to ride their bicycles slowly along Second Avenue in Seattle on Friday afternoon, in a community memorial for the bicyclist killed there last week. Sher Kung, a 31-year-old mother and attorney, was killed when a truck turned left into her bicycle as she rode to work. Her fiancee, Christine…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bicycling, Second Avenue, Sher Kung

September 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Ferries: smooth sailing so far for the 12th Man

Hordes of Seahawks fans have been making the boat trip from Bainbridge or Bremerton into Seattle smoothly so far Thursday afternoon, said Capt. George Capacci, interim director of Washington State Ferries. “Everybody seems to be moving on time,” he said. By 2 p.m., ferry crews counted about 2,500 more passengers than usual, predominantly walk-aboards heading toward Sodo and…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: #12thman, ferries

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

King County proposes 48 bus-route reductions for early 2015

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a new proposal Tuesday for an early-2015 round of Metro bus-service cuts, including 16 routes to be eliminated. An earlier list has been tweaked so cuts would be spread more evenly across the county, and not fall disproportionately on poor communities, his staff said in an announcement. And if Seattle…

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Comments | Topics: King County Metro Transit

September 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Two crashes involving police cars in West Seattle

Two police cars were wrecked Monday in unrelated crashes — both in West Seattle, both causing minor injuries. The first collision happened at 5:45 p.m., sending an 11-year-old girl to the hospital. The two-car crash involved a police car as an officer responded to a carjacking in South Park, as the vehicle was driven uphill into…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: carjacking, Seattle Police Department, West Seattle

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