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September 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Seattle City Council may consider growth impact fees for builders

Eighty cities across the state charge growth impact fees when developers build new projects that put additional demand on public roads, schools, parks and fire departments. Bellevue, Shoreline and Federal Way are among them, but Seattle is not. It could become No. 81, however. People in Seattle government have previously discussed impact fees, which require developers to help…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: impact fees, real estate, Seattle City Council

June 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

City Council leaders reject McGinn’s light rail study

The leaders of the City Council Transportation and Budget Committees Monday said they would not recommend Mayor Mike McGinn’s funding request for study of a light rail crossing of the Ship Canal. Instead, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Tim Burgess said they would prioritize safety and maintenance projects in the city, including at East Marginal Way, where a bicyclist…

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Comments | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Council, transportation

March 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Highway 99 tunnel machine begins voyage to Seattle

The Jumbo Fairpartner is one of the few ships capable of bringing the tunnel boring machine across the sea. The giant Highway 99 tunnel-boring machine left Osaka harbor, Japan, at 1:40 a.m. Seattle time on Tuesday. The boring machine is nicknamed after Seattle mayor Bertha Knight Landes. It should reach Terminal 46 in Seattle around April 1, the state…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: boring machine, Highway 99 tunnel, transportation

February 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Head of traffic management at Seattle transportation department resigns

The man in charge of traffic management for Seattle announced his resignation Thursday, citing personal reasons. Charles Bookman, who joined Seattle’s Department of Transportation in 2002, said he is leaving his post  March 30 to oversee the care of his ailing 97-year-old father, who lives in New York City. Bookman’s division is responsible for the city’s signs and street…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: bookman, jackson, sdot

February 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

U.S. House sends Seattle transit leaders into a cold sweat

Leaders of six Seattle-area transit agencies warned today of severe cutbacks in either maintenance or new buses and trains if the latest House transportation bill becomes law. The bill would scrap a so-called “formula funding” system that dates back to 1983, providing a predictable source of dollars for King County Metro and hundreds of other agencies,…

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Comments | More in Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: buses, federal budget, highways

November 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM

State: Support strong for higher transportation taxes, fees

Nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents say they would be willing to support an increase in state transportation taxes and fees to support a transportation system. The results were released Tuesday by the state Transportation Commission, which surveyed 5,500 state residents in an online poll. The survey was conducted in preparation for a transportation-related ballot measure in…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: emissions, HOV lanes, taxes

November 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

UPDATE: I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass re-opens

UPDATE: 3 p.m. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 re-opened about 12:50 p.m. today after the roadway was cleared of jackknifed trucks and vehicles that had spun out due to snow, according to the state Department of Transportation. The closure point was at milepost 47, near Denny Creek. Here’s the earlier post: Snow has closed the eastbound lanes…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: I-90, Snoqualmie Pass, Traffic

November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Break out the salt, it's La Nina time in Seattle

After being humbled by 2008 and 2010 road freezes that paralyzed the city’s transportation network, Seattle officials say they’ve learned some lessons for the expected heavy snows this winter. The city has bought magnesium chloride brine, which is supposed to melt ice at 5 degrees instead of at 20 degrees like last year’s sodium chloride. In…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: ice, la nina, snow