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Tag Archives: Transportation

Canada Day revelation: Amtrak Cascades to resume service to B.C. in September

Excerpt: Regularly scheduled train service between British Columbia and the rest of the Pacific Northwest will be resuming in the fall, rather than in the winter, the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation announced today.
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Sound Transit Board unanimously hires Julie Timm as its new Chief Executive Officer

Excerpt: “I am profoundly grateful to join the Sound Transit team’s work to transform lives across the Puget Sound region for generations to come," Timm said in a prepared statement.
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Sound Transit announces that search team’s pick for new CEO is Julie Timm of Virginia

Excerpt: Timm is currently CEO of Greater Richmond Transit Company, where her more than four hundred employees operate successful regional bus routes serving the Richmond, Virginia area.
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Transportation providers endanger health of traveling public in rush to abandon masking

Excerpt: The sudden policy shift, made with absolutely no regard for the potential adverse impacts on immunocompromised passengers, children, or those not wishing to travel in mask optional environments, is yet another development that will likely help prolong the pandemic -- with deadly and ominous consequences.
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Move Ahead Washington transportation package gets final legislative approval

Excerpt: The package's revenue bill passed 54-54 in the House and 29-20 in the Senate, while its appropriations bill passed 57-41 in the House and 30-19 in the Senate.
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Trainspotting with NPI: Watch Link test trains roll through the Eastside on overhead power

Excerpt: Each clip in our Trainspotting series is less than two minutes long, and shows Kinkisharyo-made Sound Transit LRVs rolling along portions of the new East Link/Line 2 alignment using overhead power.
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Two NPI priority bills get concurrence and head to Governor Jay Inslee for signature

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5228 (providing flexible new revenue authority to Sound Transit) and House Bill 1630 (prohibiting the carrying of weapons at local government meetings and election sites) have completed their journey through the legislative process.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Bill to grant new revenue authority to Sound Transit gets out of state House

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5528, which now returns to the Senate for concurrence, is prime sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District: Seattle), and championed by Seattle Subway, The Urbanist, the Sierra Club's Cascade Chapter, Transportation Choices Coalition, NPI, and many other organizations.
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Democratic legislators unveil 2022 Move Ahead Washington transportation package

Excerpt: Negotiated by teams led by House Transportation Chair Jake Fey and Senate Transportation Chair Marko Liias, Move Ahead Washington would make substantial, billion-dollar multimodal investments in roads, bridges, ferries, and public transit over the next several years
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Right to repair heads to House floor; Sound Transit revenue bill goes to Senate Rules

Excerpt: Two NPI priority bills are on the move in the Washington State Legislature, with one week left to go until the 2022 chamber of origin cutoff arrives.
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Light rail trains roll through Bellevue on overhead power during weekend of testing

Excerpt: Video taken by Sound Transit's photographer shows trains rolling from several angles during these nighttime forays onto our new rapid transit guideway. You can also see what it was like to be inside the train and stations during the testing
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Washingtonians favor both improving Amtrak Cascades and building ultra high speed rail

Excerpt: 62% of voters who participated in NPI's November 2021 poll of the Washington State electorate said they would support updating and implementing Amtrak Cascades' Long Range Plan to electrify existing intercity rail service at a cost of about $10 billion, while 51% said they would support a long-term project to build a new ultra high speed rail line costing between $24 and $2 billion.  
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A majority of Washington voters are willing to raise vehicle fees by $10/year to fund ferries

Excerpt: 51% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI two months ago said they would support increasing the fees they pay annually to renew their vehicles' car tabs by ten dollars to provide Washington State Ferries with stable, dedicated funding. 44% said they were opposed, while 6% were not sure.
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NPI’s polling shows Washingtonians want the state’s next transportation package to be safety and climate focused, not car-centric

Excerpt: Whether or not the Legislature can reach agreement on a package before March 10th remains to be seen. It won't be easy. But legislators should make a genuine effort to try to forge an agreement, and not punt until 2023.
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