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Transportation

It’s Never Too Soon To Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable. "It's no fun when you give up driving," she says. "I just have to say that." Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she was in her 80s when she noticed her eyesight declining. She got anxious driving on the highway, so decided to stop before her kids made the move for her. "I just told them I'd stop driving on my birthday — my 90th birthday — and I did. And

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TriMet chief: Need for new I-5 Bridge remains He says I-5 corridor still congested, may have gotten worse

It’s been 16 months since the Columbia River Crossing project office closed its doors for good. Is it time to revisit the failed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement effort? At least one leader in Portland thinks so. TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane told the Portland Tribune in an article published Thursday that he believes Washington and Oregon need to address a problem that didn’t go away when the CRC did. The I-5 corridor remains chronically

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Projects across Mid-Columbia funded in transportation package

More than $100 million in Mid-Columbia projects are in the $16 billion transportation bill passed by the state House and Senate.  The package includes an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that would be phased in over two years. Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/07/01/3633720_lewis-street-bridge-gets-state.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy  

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Can Canada ease our transportation mess?

Canada builds many of its projects with an eye toward long-term performance and maintenance. Washington state has talked about the idea, but tied itself in knots. America’s infrastructure is in disrepair. Decades of deferred maintenance, complex and sometimes contradictory regulations across various agencies and levels of government, and a combination of wasteful spending and a refusal to raise taxes have all lead us to where we are now. http://crosscut.com/2015/01/02/transportation/123262/leveraging-private-equity-public-good-canadian-way/?page=single

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WSDOT: Freight congestion could cost Washington $3.3 billion, tens of thousands of jobs

The just-released Washington State Freight Plan, the most comprehensive Washington state has ever attempted, is an effort to prioritize where dollars should be spent to best help the state's freight transportation system.   http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2014/12/02/wsdot-freight-congestion-could-cost-washington-3-3.html

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West Coast port slowdown continues as holiday period reduces activities further

The long lines of trucks queuing up on Port of Tacoma Road, a familiar sight since a labor-related slowdown of ship loading activities began Oct. 31, were absent Wednesday as the maritime community prepared for a nearly complete shutdown of activity on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of 13 yearly holidays observed by the International Longshore Workers Union, which is in thus far unsuccessful negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association for

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Inslee seeks out key lawmakers on roads package

Gov. Jay Inslee is inviting leaders of the House and Senate transportation committees to weigh in on the multi-billion dollar transportation package he's drafting before its public release. “The governor is going to build on the work that’s been done the past two years in order to promote a solution that sparks action within the next legislative session,” read an email sent today by Miguel Perez-Gibson, the governor’s executive director of

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Congestion at ports rattles growers, importers and truckers

ressure is mounting for terminal operators and West Coast unions to reach an agreement so container shipping in Seattle, Tacoma and other ports can return to normal. Meanwhile, food containers are at risk of rotting, trucks are idle, and goods destined for holiday shoppers are stuck. http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2025004702_portslowdownsxml.html

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The “McCleary” of state’s transportation system

Imagine you are driving on the freeway, returning from a long trip, longing with all your heart just to be home. Suddenly you are forced to a complete stop because the freeway is broken and you are facing a 10-foot cliff. There’s no way forward, and as cars pile up behind you, no way back. Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/2014/08/20/3275061_the-mccleary-of-states-transportation.html?sp=/99/109/207/&rh=1

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