transportation

Oregon House Passes Landmark Transportation Bill

Jul 5, 2017
Don Ryan / Associated Press

A landmark transportation bill for Oregon looks like it will soon become reality. The state House passed a measure today that raises taxes and fees by $5.3 billion over the next decade. That money will be used to relieve highway bottlenecks, boost transit and improve safety.

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The total solar eclipse is two months away. Scientists shared their excitement at a NASA briefing Wednesday, but transportation officials in Oregon, and other states the eclipse will pass over, are bracing for cosmic traffic jams.

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Drivers and professional lobbyists for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are urging state lawmakers to replace what they call a "patchwork" of city regulations with uniform statewide rules for their industry. They testified Wednesday that this would expand the availability of the smartphone-based ride-booking services.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took the oath of office and delivered an inaugural address before a joint session of the Oregon Legislature Monday. In her speech, she signaled that she'll make a strong push toward getting a transportation funding package through the state legislature.

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This weekend Sandpoint, Idaho, celebrated the debut of a local start-up company's idea for "solar roadways." Ultimately, the entrepreneurs envision roads, sidewalks and parking lots doing double duty as power plants.

Idaho Inventor Unveils Solar Roadways

Sep 30, 2016
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Imagine driving on a busy road...without any traffic lines or caution signs. Could it be safe?

An Anchorage-based commuter airline is opening a new hub in Portland. Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, is a well-established Alaska carrier that only recently branched out to the Lower 48.

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Washington’s governor made a trip to rail-lines in Eastern Washington Thursday to sign legislation that funds transportation projects. Outside Cheney, Governor Jay Inslee also drove a small train on tracks that will benefit from the new bill.

Prom season means many high school students will be dancing on their way to prom aboard party buses.

Idaho Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase, Adjourn Session

Apr 13, 2015

Idaho’s gas tax is set to go up 7 cents per gallon under a bill now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

Idaho Legislature Nears Gas Tax Deal, Adjournment

Apr 10, 2015

Idaho’s gas tax could go up 7 cents per gallon under a proposed deal between the House and Senate.

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.

A proposal to make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving has died in the Washington House. The measure failed to get a vote before a key deadline Tuesday.

Bill To Require Rideshare Companies To Carry Insurance

Mar 31, 2015
Gero Breloer / Associated Press

Drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday in the Washington state House.

It’s the latest compromise in a months-long negotiation between state leaders, rideshare services and taxi companies.

State Senator Cyrus Habib first sponsored a bill to create an entire framework to regulate the companies – but that proved hard to move past other lawmakers. The Kirkland Democrat said the new version of his bill focuses on requiring insurance, which he said is the most important issue.

The Washington legislature convenes next Monday for a 105-day session. Transportation funding is one of the top agenda items.

Gas Prices Dip Below $2 At Some Northwest Stations

Dec 23, 2014

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

Govenor Jay Inslee unveiled his transportation plan Tuesday. His $12 billion proposal calls for a list of safety fixes. The fixes include old bridges that are at risk of becoming structurally deficient. The package also includes nearly $6 billion for new construction projects. To help pay for them, Inslee is proposing to charge the state’s major polluters.

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City of Eugene officials have ordered Uber ridesharing service to cease operating in the area or face a fine.

Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. This rideshare service allows people to get rides from private vehicle owners through a smartphone app. 

Laura Hammond with the City of Eugene said the purpose of requiring a license is to make sure vehicles, drivers and passengers are safe.

More Delays for Washington State Ferries

Aug 5, 2014
Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

It was another bumpy morning for Washington State Ferries today.

Capacci Says Ferries Back to Normal Saturday

Jul 31, 2014
Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

It's been a rough week for ferry users, but Washington State Ferries hopes to restore its Puget Sound service to normal by Saturday.

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This year Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years. That's according to AAA . And as bad as it sounds, for Northwest drivers it even gets a little worse.

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Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Only the person who got the check isn’t an employee. And she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. Who are these road warriors? Austin Jenkins finds out.

The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation funding package on his desk by the end of November. Key lawmakers met with the Democratic governor Wednesday on this topic.

John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday he wants to call a special session of the state legislature this fall. But he stopped short of actually doing so.

Tom Banse

Traffic is set to start rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning. That completes a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. It started just three and a half weeks ago when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. Correspondent Tom Banse reports that Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Is State’s Top Priority

May 27, 2013
Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week. That’s according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement by mid June. And a permanent fix in September. Reporter Derek Wang has more.

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A massive landslide that pushed 200,000 cubic yards of earth down the west side of Whidbey Island grabbed national headlines in March. Landslides have also caused numerous delays in passenger and freight rail along Puget Sound.

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