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Category Archives: Public Planning

The wait is almost over: Northgate Link will make its debut on October 2nd, 2021

Excerpt: Sound Transit has set a date for the opening of the U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate light rail stations, which collectively make up the Northgate Link extension.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Two Puget Sound bus rapid transit projects get a boost from the Biden administration

Excerpt: Two agencies will receive $100m in federal funds to expand Puget Sound's network of bus lines with frequent and high quality service.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Amtrak restores daily service on long distance routes thanks to the American Rescue Plan

Excerpt: “Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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With revenue declining and costs increasing, Sound Transit lobbies for state and federal aid

Excerpt: The COVID-19 recession economy hit Sound Transit's finances hard. How bad is it, and how will the Puget Sound region's transit development be affected?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Nicole Macri’s just cause eviction bill gets approved by the Washington State House

Excerpt: ESHB 1236 would require landlords to give a reason before they can evict a tenant, and also ensure tenants have enough time to find new housing before they have to be out.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Twenty years after the Nisqually earthquake, seismic upgrades still needed across Cascadia

Excerpt: There is no question we've made some progress since the Nisqually quake traumatically reminded us that we live in a region that belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire. Yet there is also a lot that remains to be done.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Texas-sized politics of calamity: Disasters put a spotlight on elected officials’ negligence

Excerpt: Will the country wake up to the need for infrastructure modernization following the horrors in Texas, or will we see right-wing politicians escape responsibility and go on demonizing clean renewable energy?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Militant right wing violence and intimidation is sadly as American as cherry pie

Excerpt: For more than half a century, the police have treated right wing demonstrators and even terrorists differently than left wing demonstrators, a distinction that was again apparent on January 6th, 2021.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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BNSF-operated train transporting Bakken crude oil derails in Whatcom County

Excerpt: There were no fatalities and no injuries were reported, though the derailment did result in an oil spill. Seven tank cars went off the tracks, with two catching fire, about twenty minutes before noon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican plot to dissolve joint Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department collapses

Excerpt: At the last minute, erratic Republican Councilmember Pam Roach thwarted a scheme by Executive Bruce Dammeier's operation to displace TPCHD with a standalone public health department.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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With I‑976 kaput, transit advocates focus on navigating out of the coronavirus pandemic

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's assault on multimodal transportation infrastructure has been nixed by the Washington State Supreme Court, but the coronavirus pandemic and the Legislature's failure to deliver progressive tax reform continue to threaten transit.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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HUGE VICTORY: Washington’s highest court rules Tim Eyman’s I‑976 is unconstitutional!

Excerpt: "Initiative Measure 976 contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title. Accordingly, it is unconstitutional," the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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DNR fire meteorologist horrified by barrage of (human caused) Labor Day 2020 fire disasters

Excerpt: By the time the sun had set on September 7th, 2020, the Pacific Northwest had joined California in firestorm misery, with hundreds of thousands of acres newly burnt or burning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Despite pandemic, Sound Transit’s East Link Line 2 remains on track for 2023 completion

Excerpt: The agency and its contractors are now at about ninety percent of civil construction and the structural work on the Downtown Bellevue Tunnel, one of the most important segments of the line, is complete.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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