Charles Bond

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Charles is an avid cyclist that uses his bike as his primary mode of transportation. He grew up in the Puget Sound, but is currently overseas living in Japan. He covers a range of topics like cycling, transit, and land use. His time in Tokyo really opened his eyes to what urbanism offers people and has a strong desire to see growth happen in Seattle.
Artist concept of what a "WSDOT Ferry Style" car shuttle might look like. (Art by Patrick Fesler)
A ferry on rails could help electric cars get across the Cascade Mountains without burning up their battery or sitting in traffic. In my previous Local Cascades Service article about rebuilding Stampede Pass, I briefly mentioned the idea of a ferry service as one potential use for expanded service. In...
In previous coverage, we discussed the possibilities for local rail across the state, but also mentioned the problems with getting Stampede Pass ready for passenger rail. Recently, the state has discussed a minor expansion to I-90 through the mountains and a major, $30.8 million widening of SR-516 in the...
The new Northgate Station where light rail vehicles are being tested for a fall opening. (Sound Transit)
With an $11.5 billion funding crunch and cost escalations in the Sound Transit 3 program, it’s clear that some cutbacks and delays may be inevitable to allow projects to move forward. However, many of the stakeholders seem to think that all of the other projects should take the cuts...
A diesel multiple unit at Zagreb Central Station. (Dorianbezak from Wikipedia)
Last year, when Washington's east-west passenger rail study came out, the results were mostly uninspiring for a full corridor initially, but one particular section on demand in the Kittitas and Yakima Valleys stood out to me: In short, local transit demand exists in communities along where rail lines run that...
On Tuesday, Sound Transit held an open house at the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District to go over the finalized designs of the forthcoming East Link Judkins Park Station. Sound Transit plans to locate it middle of I-90, replacing the current freeway bus station. The main...
Seattle Subway has been working hard lately to let folks know about Regional Proposition 1. Better known as Sound Transit 3, Proposition 1 is a transportation measure on the November ballot that guarantees expansion of light rail, commuter rail, and bus service throughout the Puget Sound over the next 25...
Over the last several years, Shoreline has been designing plans for rezones around planned light rail stations at 185th Street and 145th Street. As covered here in previous articles, the 145th Street Station is moving further to the north, and the Planning Commission-recommended zoning proposal considered was amended to respond to...
On Monday, the City of Shoreline's planning commission continued its proceedings that began last Thursday. The overall purpose of these meetings has been to settle on new development rules around the 145th Street Station in Shoreline that allow higher densities of people to live and work nearby. The specific purpose...