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Tag Archives: Transportation

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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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit considers delivering NE 130th light rail station years ahead of schedule

Excerpt: Sound Transit is poised to move up the timetable for completion of a crucial "infill" light rail station in North Seattle by several years.
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Senate adopts legislation permitting Seattle to keep intersections clear with safety cams

Excerpt: The Washington State Senate has approved a bill that would allow the City of Seattle to enforce prohibitions against "blocking the box" by motorists at highly congested intersections using automated traffic safety cameras.
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State Supreme Court: Sound Transit’s motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) is constitutional

Excerpt: The Washington State Legislature did not violate Article II, Section 37 of the Constitution when it granted Sound Transit new revenue authority in 2015, the Court has decided.
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Lawsuit against I‑976 to continue as judge rejects most claims of unconstitutionality

Excerpt: Judge Marshall Ferguson has rejected most of the constitutional claims against Tim Eyman's incredibly destructive I-976, but not all. The Supreme Court will have the final word.
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Washington’s beloved Mount Rainier National Park is inaccessible due to washed out roads

Excerpt: It isn't possible to visit Mount Rainier right now and access to the park may take weeks or even months to be restored.
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King County Metro moves towards zero-emissions fleet with big electric bus purchase

Excerpt: The region's largest transit agency has placed an order with New Flyer to buy hundreds of new buses that don't have tailpipes.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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