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.
A photo of a teal streetcar with brick buildings in the background.
Line extensions into neighborhoods like Belltown and the Central District are part of a set of solutions that would improve Seattle's streetcars. Seattle has had a troubled recent history with streetcars. The popular Benson Waterfront Streetcar was closed in 2005 without public input. The South Lake Union...
A photo of an Amtrak Cascades locomotive car surrounded by forest.
The map visualizes more rail connections throughout the Northwest, including both cities and rural areas. With all of the transit developments happening in the Puget Sound region, it's easy to lose track of developments in other parts of the state. Recently, All Aboard Washington (AAWA), a nonprofit passenger rail...
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...