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Tag Archives: Transportation

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.  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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All of Washington State’s mountain passes are impassable right now due to heavy snow

Excerpt: "Conditions are too dangerous for crews to be in the pass areas. Snow & debris continue to slide onto the highways. Crews are working in areas where it is safe to plow, clear catch basins & do other work to have those areas ready when we can reopen," WSDOT said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marko Liias chosen to chair the Washington State Senate’s Transportation Committee

Excerpt: “As we face dramatic changes to transportation revenue and mobility options, this is our moment to write a visionary, equitable, climate-focused transportation package that invests in our shared priorities while respecting our real and unique local needs," Liias said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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East Link from the air, part two: Get a bird’s eye view of station construction in Redmond

Excerpt: This second part of NPI's East Link from the air project focuses on NPI's hometown of Redmond, with two additional galleries of photos showcasing Sound Transit's forthcoming light rail extension linking Seattle to Redmond via Bellevue and Mercer Island.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattleites enthusiastic about making city’s streets more people-centric, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Even when it comes to seemingly contentious transportation projects that require converting a lane or traffic or parking spaces, Seattle voters are overwhelmingly supportive, a poll recently conducted for the Northwest Progressive Institute finds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mudslides, washouts have made key sections of Cascadia’s major highways impassable

Excerpt: Mudslides and washouts precipitated by torrential rainfall have made highways on both sides of the United States - Canada border impassable, stranding travelers and further disrupting commerce just days before the onset of the holiday season.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Interstate 5 crossing in Lewis County damaged by bridge strike, WSDOT says

Excerpt: "The right lane on northbound Interstate 5 at milepost 69.5, near the Koontz Road overpass is closed due to an over height load striking the underside of the overpass, damaging the bridge and causing concrete to fall onto the roadway," WSDOT advises.
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Lynnwood’s $40 city vehicle fee stays intact in victory for multimodal transportation

Excerpt: A Tim Eyman-backed attempt in the Snohomish County city of Lynnwood to repeal the city's $40/year vehicle fee has been thwarted by a mayoral veto, leaving funding for vital multimodal transportation projects intact. 
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East Link from the air: Get a bird’s eye view of Sound Transit’s new Line 2 light rail stations

Excerpt: This visually stunning special project, with eleven galleries of photos, showcases Sound Transit's forthcoming light rail extension linking Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond across Lake Washington.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Travel Light! Northgate Link opens to riders in a watershed moment for mobility in Seattle

Excerpt: The inauguration of revenue service on Northgate Link marks the end of the work to deliver the original Sound Move plan approved by voters in 1996, which called for an initial light rail line running from SeaTac to Northgate.
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Ready for Northgate Link to be open? Get an advance look inside the new Line 1 stations

Excerpt: If you'd like to take a peek inside the U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations ahead of the Saturday, October 2nd 2021 opening, we've put together three photo galleries showcasing each one.
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Sound Transit will get a new CEO next year: Peter Rogoff to depart in 2022, agency says

Excerpt: In an early evening press release, Board Chair Kent Keel said that Rogoff will remain as CEO until mid-2022 and then hand over duties to a yet-to-be-announced successor that the board hopes to find through a national search. 
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