transportation

Car Tab Hikes
5:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Anti-Tax Activist Tim Eyman Blasts Car Tab Proposals In Olympia

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, in a $30 car tabs shirt, listens after testifying in the Washington House Transportation committee against proposed vehicle fee increases.
Credit Northwest News Network

 He is synonymous with keeping Washington car tabs at $30. Now anti-tax initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is fired up again. He testified in Olympia Monday against a series of proposals to allow local transportation districts to impose higher vehicle fees. Eyman says even Seattle voters have demonstrated a scorn for car tab hikes.

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Self-Driving Cars
7:33 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Self-Driving Cars Can't Be Driverless Under Proposed State Laws

Google

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:34 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - What if you could just start your car, tell it where you want to go and then sit back and relax until you get there? Well, Google and many automobile manufacturers are hard at work on self-driving "robocars." Now lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are trying to figure out how to update the rules-of-the-road to keep pace with the cars of the future. But automakers are flashing a stop sign, saying it's too soon for new regulation.

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Mileage-Based Tax
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Washington, Oregon Consider Mileage-Based Road Tax

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:06 pm

PORTLAND - Washington and Oregon are getting serious about finding a replacement for the gas tax. Steadily improving fuel efficiency in cars is eroding the primary source of road funding in the Northwest. A new report to the 2013 Washington Legislature finds it "feasible" to have drivers pay by the mile instead. In Oregon, lawmakers have actually drafted legislation to do just that.

Suburban Portland SUV owner Mary Olson has possibly glimpsed the future of how we'll pay for roads, although it's tricky to spot.

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Bridge Toll
6:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Oregon, Washington Consider I-5 Bridge Toll

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

One of the biggest traffic choke-points in the Northwest is the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Replacing it will be one of the region’s most expensive construction projects in a generation. Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are considering funding packages to replace the bridge. A key question is whether enough drivers will pay the tolls planners say are needed to finance the project. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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I-5 Bridge Funding
4:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Oregon Governor Urges Legislature To Act Quickly To Fund I-5 Bridge

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks to the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on state lawmakers to make funding a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River a top priority. The Democrat made his case for a new span between Portland and Vancouver at a gathering of business leaders Monday.

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Electric Buses
6:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Federal Grant Money Pays For Battery Electric Transit Buses

Link Transit has deployed this battery-electric trolley bus on downtown circulator routes.
Credit Photo courtesy Link Transit

In the last couple years, you've seen mass-produced, 100 percent electric cars take to the streets in the Northwest. In the same vein, now come the first battery powered buses. And we're not talking about trolley buses that get juice from overhead wires, as correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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Highway Closure
5:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

North Cascades Highway Closed

The North Cascades Highway is closed. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway at noon Monday because of a danger of heavy snow and avalanche.

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Local Bridge Toll
5:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One Washington City Considers Local Bridge Toll

Some drivers will go miles out of their way to avoid the toll on the 520 floating bridge.
WSDOT Flickr

There’s a lot of talk these days about tolls to pay for new state highway projects and bridges. Most drivers reluctantly pay up. But some will go miles out of their way to avoid a toll. That can clog local roads. Now one small Washington city is considering a toll of its own.

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Columbia River Crossing Project
4:18 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

President Obama Expedites Columbia River Crossing

President Obama has announced that the Columbia River Crossing -- and three other infrastructure projects around the nation -- will be expedited.

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Higher Gas Prices Predicted
6:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

California Refinery Fire Could Cause West Coast Gas Price Hike

Northwest drivers could be paying more at the pump.   That’s because this week’s refinery fire in California is likely to affect gas prices.  Ruby de Luna has more.

Analysts say get ready to pay as much as four dollars or more per gallon. You can blame the refinery fire in California for the spike. But what does that have to do with fuel prices here?

Overstreet: “We’re locked together at the hip by refinery system on the West Coast.”

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