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Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’

Seattle, WA: Building Underground Walls to Fix Bertha

Friday, July 4th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Building Underground Walls to Fix Bertha

Raw footage of crews installing one of the 73 intersecting piles that will enclose the 120-foot-deep pit that will allow crews to access and repair Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.

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King County, WA: Too Many Cats, Not Enough Buses

Friday, April 11th, 2014
King County, WA: Too Many Cats, Not Enough Buses

Proposition 1 in King County, Washington State, will provide funding for Transit and Roads. If it does not pass on April 22 there will be a 17% cut in bus services across the county.
Look for your ballot in the mail. Vote Yes!!!

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King County, WA: 24 Hours of King County Metro

Friday, March 14th, 2014
King County, WA: 24 Hours of King County Metro

This animation shows 24 hours of Metro activity, over 200 bus routes on more than 12,000 trips. In this animation every bus is on time. Each bus is represented by a black dot that moves between stops. The bus positions are computed every 6 seconds of real time, though the bus routes are approximated as straight lines between stops (faint grey dots).

I created this visualization of Metro activity to show how integral the bus system is to daily life in Seattle. Simply mapping the bus stops traces every major street and boundary in the city. The Metro system provides over 115,400,000 passenger trips per year.

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Seattle, WA: Fixing the Tunneling Machine

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Fixing the Tunneling Machine

This video shows a short clip of a worker replacing a cutting tool inside the SR 99 tunneling machine in January 2014. Crews working for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), WSDOT’s contractor for the SR 99 Tunnel Project, changed a number of tools during 158 hours of recent inspections performed under hyperbaric conditions. Tunneling experts now believe that the clogs and other factors contributed to the stoppage of tunneling on Dec. 6, 2013. As the project’s design-build contractor, it is STP’s responsibility to determine the best and most expedient way to resume tunneling.

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Who Pays for Parking?

Monday, December 16th, 2013
Table 1. Parking Vacancy Rates:  At recently-constructed apartment developments in King County, an average of 37 percent of parking spots remained vacant during the nighttime hours of peak demand.

An analysis of 23 recently completed Seattle-area multifamily housing developments reveals that the practice of providing abundant “cheap” parking actually makes rental housing more expensive—particularly for tenants with modest incomes and who don’t own cars.

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San Diego Investing $200 Million in Regional Bike Network

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
The San Diego region is investing $200 million in bicycle facilities. Image: oyonabike!

Our hometown Seattle will soon be eclipsed by another city (a more conservative one!) when it comes to bicycle infrastructure. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently approved a $200 million, ten-year plan to build out 77 miles of new bikeways. Many of the 42 projects are focused on completing two bike corridors that have been on the drawing board for years, the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail and the 21-mile Inland Rail Trail…It’s another example of a region taking charge of its transportation future, and not waiting for Congress to fund its needs.

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Seattle: Broadway Protected Cycle Track

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Seattle: Broadway Protected Cycle Track

Just a few snippets and photos of Seattle’s newest cycle track. -Streetfilms on Vimeo

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Martin H. Duke, Editor-in-Chief, Seattle Transit Blog

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Martin H. Duke, Seattle Transit Blog

Martin H. Duke on the state of Seattle, what Seattle needs to fix, getting in touch with local politicians and the vision and promise of Seattle Transit Blog

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Seattle, WA: Local Waterfront Transit

Monday, July 8th, 2013
Seattle Streecar

This study evaluates and compares historic streetcars, modern streetcars, and rubber tire transit for operating characteristics, effects on the environment, and cost. These transit options will focus on moving people along the waterfront; characteristics include high frequency operations, ease of passenger boarding, and connections to other major transit modes.

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Seattle, WA: Building State Route 99

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, has arrived in Seattle. This short video provides an overview of Bertha’s journey and the work WSDOT is doing to replace the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct. – wsdot on YouTube

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