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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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Broadband in Washington State

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
wa broadband thumb

For the broadband ecosystem of Washington State, 2013 was a year of getting up to speed. Most of the major infrastructure projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were completed during the year. The largest of these projects was construction of more than 1,300 miles of “middle mile” fiber optic cable.

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Five Predictions for Federal Transportation Issues in 2014

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
As we, like Congress, begin our “recess,” we decided to offer some early predictions about 2014 federal transportation issues. It’s not an exhaustive list, and these may not be the most important five issues, but it’s a place to start.

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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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Lake Washington, WA: Coffer Cell Launch

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Lake Washington, WA: Coffer Cell Launch

On Nov. 26, 2013, SR 520 bridge construction crews launched a 660-ton coffer cell onto Lake Washington. This coffer cell will be used to create a dry work space so that crews can complete repairs to the end walls of Pontoon U and Pontoon V on Lake Washington.

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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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State of Washington: Mudslide on SR 20

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

On August 11, 2013 a severe rainstorm swept through the Cascades causing eight different mudslides to cover the roadway. This particular slide, on milepost 154, is the smallest of the eight. Crews up there said one minute a lane was open and within minutes the roadway was impassible.

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