Transportation

Meetup Video: March 2021 with WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar

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https://youtu.be/fhIPaQoJk7U This month, Roger Millar was the guest speaker at The Urbanist's regular meetup. Millar is Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. He...
A light rail guideway rises on the edge of a freeway trench at the 130th Street overpass.

Draft Plan Inches Toward Modest Upzones around 130th and 148th Street Link Stations

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Urbanists have been hoping that arrival of light rail to North Seattle would transform single-family sprawl oriented around I-5 and a 160-acre publicly-owned golf...

Mayor Durkan ‘Pivots’ from Road Pricing to Electrification Blueprint

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In 2018, Mayor Jenny Durkan made a splash by embracing the idea of enacting downtown cordon tolling to reduce car congestion, pledging to realize...

Midweek Video: USDOT’s Lo-Fi Transportation Beats to Chill/Relax To

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NCOFZpZE2Q When Joe Biden became president, he ushered in a completely new era of doing things. And with that, a federal bureaucracy that is more...

SDOT Stresses Maintenance in Spending Plan for $20 Car Tab Fee

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Details of how a new $20 vehicle licensing fee (VLF) in Seattle that could raise $7.2 million per year would be used for transportation...
Streets Closed sign in Youngstown bars access to the West Seattle Bridge. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

City Seeking Contractor for West Seattle Bridge Repair

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The West Seattle High Rise Bridge safety project has made progress since Mayor Jenny Durkan's announcement to repair, rather than replace, the West Seattle...

Sunday Video: Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary Paint Scheme and Livery History

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZdzbDpftI Amtrak is celebrating the company's 50 anniversary with a look back on past liveries and special commemorative ones that will be painted on trains...
A Metro bus with the Evo store mural in the background.

Metro Looks Toward Post-Pandemic Recovery, But Thorny Service Changes Could Be Ahead

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How King County Metro will restore bus service as the pandemic recedes will be a hotly contested issue. Metro offered a window into the...