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Category Archives: Public Planning

Amtrak announces huge fleet modernization project to benefit Cascades, other routes

Excerpt: Travelers in Cascadia will be the first nationwide to ride new Siemens trainsets, built as part of a $7.3 billion Amtrak plan to upgrade rail infrastructure.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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After a year of debate, Sound Transit moves closer to sanctioning ST3 project delays

Excerpt: With a month to go before a decision about a fix to a major budget hole, lengthy delays seem likely - but can they be averted by delaying the decision?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Housing advocates team up to help renters understand their recently expanded rights

Excerpt: Thanks to the Washington State Legislature, tenant protections were expanded during the 2021 legislative session. This post summarizes the new rights gained by renters, which were championed by housing advocates.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
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Sound Transit debuts spacious new Siemens S700 light rail vehicles in revenue service

Excerpt: The new vehicles are roomier, brighter, and have more storage space. They will join the fleet as Sound Transit rapidly expands light rail network with many new stations, starting with the three Northgate Link stations in 2021.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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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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