transportation

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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Rent Your Car
3:49 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Company To Offer Person-to-Person Car Rentals Regionwide

You will soon be able to rent-out your own car.
Photo Credit: Andres Engels Wikimedia commons

Competition in the nascent market for person-to-person car rentals is heating up. The latest entrant regionally says it can help any car owner in the Northwest temporarily rent their wheels to a friend or stranger.

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Washington Car Sharing
4:51 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. Legislature Paves Road For Personal Car Rental

Ride share companies are already prevalent in California and Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Evolstephanieberkeley Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is opening the door to a new flavor of car rental, as Oregon and California have already done. The Washington Legislature just voted to tweak the auto insurance rules so you can rent your wheels to friends or strangers when you're not using your car yourself.

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Federal Transportation Grant
5:09 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Federal Grant Money Supports Critical Transportation Studies in Northwest

Seal of the U.S. Department of Transportation
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation

Grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help fund ongoing studies looking at critical transportation issues in the Northwest.
Transportation issues affect all of us, whether it’s simply wondering why that red traffic light is blinking, or wondering why the commuter traffic is jammed up again.

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Northwest Regional News
8:08 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Tolling Overcharges On Highway 520

Washington State transportation officials say they'll issue refunds after a glitch in the tolling system on the Highway 520 bridge caused drivers to be overcharged twenty-five cents.

Motorists who made the trip between Seattle and Bellevue from January seventeenth to twenty-fifth will get a refund, even those who were billed correctly. The twenty-five-cent transaction fee is charged for those who travel the bridge infrequently and pay by the license plate.

State officials say the billing problem was related to the toll equipment's internal clock.

Our Northwest Economy
10:20 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Tesoro And State Investigating Oil Refinery Explosion

Oil refiner Tesoro is investigating the deadly Friday morning explosion in Anacortes. But the company does not yet have an explanation for the incident. The blast at the oil refinery killed four Tesoro workers and gravely injured three others. Senior Vice President Lynn Westfall said in a press conference Friday that the explosion occurred near a heating and cooling area. 

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