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As Governor Jay Inslee proposes a dramatic increase in state subsidies for electric vehicles in Washington State in his supplemental 2022 budget update, his proposed budget for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) also includes funding to fill in a number of large budget holes on some of...
Every year in advance of the state legislature convening for its new session, cities around the state update their agenda. The Washington State legislature's 2022 session will be short next year, with just 60 days to advance any legislation that didn't pass during the 2021 long session or introduce...
A birds eye view of Downtown Seattle from the south with the I-5 and I-90 spaghetti interchange dominating the frame.
When President Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion jobs plan proposed $20 billion for a Reconnecting Communities fund that could be used for urban freeway removal and mitigation efforts in American cities, it felt too good to be true. Urbanists aren't used to getting big wins like this from Congress. Alas,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXbUlQ9Yjk4 Why are American streets so dangerous and what can we do about them? PBS looks at the growing American epidemic of dangerously designed streets and visits Atlanta on what can be done.
https://youtu.be/e0naL8eJmLA Highways are the bane of cities creating all kinds of awful pollution, including noise pollution. To mitigate noise, sound barrier walls have been installed in some areas. However, they’re by no means a panacea and can make noise pollution worse in some cases. Cheddar explains the problem and other...
The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is the longest continuous greenway in Seattle, running over five miles from Rainier Beach to Mount Baker. Completed in 2018, the greenway takes a large of number of twists and turns to provide a signed, relatively calm walking and rolling route between and within...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaLUcx1gwVs&list=PLEvVhy_eoUuDXFW0dBmX-20VcHPH7YF60&index=26 The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a $68 million contract to Walsh Construction to build a new ramp connection between SR-520 and the I-5 reversible express lanes. This will allow transit -- and eventually carpools -- to have direct access to the I-5 reversible express lanes. Currently,...
Senator Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, at a youth rally in 2016. (Washington State Democrats)
The Washington Post covered the national highway system's maintenance backlog and State Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) was heavily featured. Despite a record of favoring highway expansions and skimping on maintenance and multimodal investments in walking, rolling, biking, and transit, Hobbs portrayed himself as a maintenance first guy. Washington State's...