transportation

New Oregon Trains Behind Schedule
5:40 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Delivery Of Oregon's New Trains Running Months Behind Schedule

Oregon's two new train sets are months away from completion at a Wisconsin factory.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Two passenger trains commissioned by the state of Oregon are months behind schedule. The trains were due to arrive nearly two months ago and enter service this fall at a cost of $36 million. But they haven't even left the factory in Wisconsin yet.

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Tired Truck Drivers
6:38 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Oregon, Wash. Truck Inspections Turn Up Weary Drivers

An Oregon Department of Transportation motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a weigh station.
ODOT Flickr

A joint effort in Oregon and Washington to make sure truckers are following safety rules turned up a higher than expected number of weary drivers. More than a quarter of drivers inspected in Oregon were found to be on the road when they shouldn't have been.

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Coal Train Spill
5:59 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Recent Eastern Washington Coal Spill Raises Questions About Proposed Increased Exports

A train accident in Eastern Washington has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Scott Granneman Flickr

This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa, in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Timber Payments
6:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

County Payments Included In Transportation Bill

Congressman Greg Walden says a one-year extension of federal payments for timber-dependent counties is included in the Transportation bill. Walden predicts the bill could come to a floor vote by Friday.

The proposal would secure $100 million dollars for places like Josephine, Curry, and Lane Counties. All three counties have struggled to raise revenue as timber harvests have dwindled. Walden acknowledged the revenue problems in timber country have dragged out over the years with extension after extension.  But he sees the issue coming to a head with this last payment.

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Moscow Intermodal Transportation
6:45 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Moscow's New Intermodal Transit Center Part of Sustainable Development Trend

University of Idaho and City of Moscow officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new $2 million Intermodal Transit Center on the Palouse. The facility will be located on the east end of the university campus and serve as a hub for regional buses, taxis, and other transportation services. This is UI President Duane Nellis.

Nellis: “This type of facility is something that I think is important for our community, that is a community that we are looking to grow in a quality way, toward sustainable development.”

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520 Bridge
5:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

520 Bridge Workers Caught Drinking On The Job

Wednesday morning KOMO 4 Television broadcast a story showing workers on the 520 Bridge construction project drinking on the job.
Photo credit: Jelson25 Wikimedia Commons

KOMO 4 Television broadcast a story showing workers on the 520 Bridge construction project drinking on the job. Washington State Department of Transportation is launching an investigation looking into the details.

KOMO’s story caught employees walking into work carrying two twelve packs of beer on a Friday afternoon. Hidden cameras also showed several workers swigging back bottles of beer at their desks, allegedly during work hours.

The workers are employees of KGM, a joint venture firm of Kiewit, General and Manson. The company won the bid to design and build the 520 floating bridge. The contract is worth $586 million.

WSDOT Communications Director Steve Pierce says the company is highly regarded. He isn’t worried about the quality of their work.

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New Bus Service
7:25 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Low Fares Won’t Lure Some Train Riders To New Bus Service

Passengers board a Boltbus headed to Seattle outside a parking garage in downtown Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

A new bus service in the Northwest makes some eye-catching promises: Extra legroom, non-stop service between major cities, and fares starting at just a dollar. Boltbus could change the way people travel between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Correspondent Chris Lehman wanted to see which is better: Boltbus or an Amtrak train.

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North Spokane Corridor
4:44 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Cantwell Says Grant Would Give Needed Boost For North Spokane Corridor

Senator Maria Cantwell and Spokane’s Mayor Condon implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer a grant for the North Spokane Corridor.
United States Senate

Senator Maria Cantwell and Spokane’s Mayor Condon implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer a grant for the North Spokane Corridor.

US Senator Cantwell says the corridor is the missing link in the Eastern Washington transportation system.

“In fact the North Spokane Corridor is my top project priority and so that’s why we are here today, to say that we want to see this funding.”

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Mountain Passes
4:37 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Snowy Wash. Mountain Pass Hwys To Open For Season Soon

spring snowstorm on Cayuse Pass (SR 123) dumped more than a half-foot of snow on the highway. Crews hoped to open the pass on Friday (May 4), but with snow predicted through the weekend, they've had to push it back.
Photo courtesy WSDOT

Fresh snow in the mountains has slightly delayed the reopening of one high mountain pass in the Washington Cascades. Highway crews are on track to reopen two other scenic cross state routes before Memorial Day. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the snowpack is deeper than average for this time of year in Washington, north Idaho and the northern Oregon Cascades.

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kantor.JH Wikimedia Commons

Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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