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Tag Archives: Transportation

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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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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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.
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Washington State Supreme Court hears oral argument in legal challenge to Eyman’s I‑976

Excerpt: Appellants and respondents in Garfield County Transportation Authority, et al. v. State of Washington will field questions from the Court's nine justices.
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Charting a path forward after the unexpected closure of the highly used West Seattle Bridge

Excerpt: With the West Seattle Bridge closed indefinitely, an opportunity beckons for smart planning decisions to improve West Seattle's connections to Seattle proper.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Tim Eyman’s I‑976 will remain frozen while State Supreme Court considers challenge to it

Excerpt: A panel of justices concluded that an injunction barring Initiative 976's implementation should remain in effect through the remainder of the challenge asserting it is unconstitutional.
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Sound Transit rebrands network for future expansions, braces for an uncertain future

Excerpt: Moving away from line names that are just colors, Puget Sound's Regional Transit Authority is going to move forward with an alphanumeric color-coded system.
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Another loss for Tim Eyman: Judge rules injunction against I‑976 shall remain in place

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter turned Republican gubernatorial candidate has suffered another defeat in court as the legal battle against his anti-transit initiative continues.
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COVID-19 fallout: Metro abandons August levy proposal; transit agencies reduce service

Excerpt: Metro's March 2020 service restructure will go ahead, amidst short-term cuts to service due to COVID-19 and the economic calamity the pandemic has brought about.
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Judge Marshall Ferguson keeps I‑976 on ice while Tim Eyman pretends it’s taking effect

Excerpt: Tim Eyman, who remains furious that I-976 has not been implemented, sent out an email triumphantly -- and falsely -- proclaiming that I-976 had taken effect.
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