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June 14, 2021, 10am PDT
State Sen. Scott Wiener authored legislation dubbed the Gas Tax Alternative Pilot to extend the California Road Charge Program that completed its pilot in 2017. The program takes on more significance with the 2035 sales ban of gas-powered vehicles.
Office of California State Senator Scott Wiener
June 13, 2021, 11am PDT
Want to know which streets are most likely to produce a negative emotional response among Seattle transportation safety advocates? Read on.
The Stanger
June 4, 2021, 6am PDT
The Census Bureau released new data on May 27 that includes the first four months of the pandemic. Seattle tops the growth rate at 2.2% from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020, while Baltimore and San Francisco land at the bottom with -1.4%.
The Seattle Times
May 28, 2021, 8am PDT
Zoning and land use changes proposed in the Home in Tacoma plan, an element of the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, was approved this month by the Tacoma Planning Commission.
The Urbanist
May 19, 2021, 11am PDT
Washington Gov. Jay Insee distinguished himself in the 2020 presidential Democratic primary as the "climate candidate," yet he vetoed a section of a transportation electrification bill that set a goal of ending sales of gas-powered cars by 2030.
Electrek
May 18, 2021, 11am PDT
Congestion relief is promised as the Washington Department of Transportation begins to rework the existing I-5 roadway in Downtown Seattle to mitigate a stretch of freeway with a reputation as the state's worst bottleneck.
The Seattle Times
May 16, 2021, 7am PDT
Cities and counties have been slow to take advantage of the promise of full and retroactive FEMA reimbursement to expand emergency housing programs, frustrating housing advocates. What’s getting in the way?
Shelterforce Magazine
May 12, 2021, 11am PDT
Billed as a "bridge replacement," the latest iteration of the Columbia River Crossing project is a costly expansion that will impose new tolls and cost upwards of $5 billion, according to an article by Joe Cortright.
City Observatory City Commentary
May 10, 2021, 10am PDT
The fortunes of commercial real estate in Seattle have completely reversed since February, according to a new analysis.
The Seattle Times
May 3, 2021, 9am PDT
The last round of capital investment made possible by a 2008 parks levy offers a chance to look further into the future in Bellevue, Washington.
The Urbanist
May 2, 2021, 9am PDT
Bloomberg News' 'Evening Briefing' on April 29 looked at the global pandemic, noting the horrific scenes in India, Brazil's rising death toll, and added, "Coronavirus mutations are also wreaking havoc in America." Oregon is their focus.
Bloomberg News
April 26, 2021, 10am PDT
Data from cities across the country show that bike helmet laws are enforced more aggressively in communities of color.
The Guardian
April 19, 2021, 12pm PDT
The annual list of endangered rivers created by American Rivers has always documented pollution and other threats like dam construction, but this year, the confluence of water and systemic racism warrants extra attention.
American Rivers
April 2, 2021, 7am PDT
The new formulas for calculating the length of walk signals are designed to give people more time to safely cross the street.
The Seattle Times
March 30, 2021, 8am PDT
The Urbanist's editorial board calls for an end to highway widening and an increased focus on walking, biking, and transit.
The Urbanist
March 25, 2021, 9am PDT
The city's new transportation plan focuses on eliminating carbon emissions in its transportation sector, reducing congestion, and boosting public transit.
The Seattle Times
March 21, 2021, 9am PDT
If implemented, Home in Tacoma would create new housing categories to encourage more multi-family buildings.
MyNorthwest
March 18, 2021, 9am PDT
Pierce Transit, which serves Pierce County in Washington State, is undertaking a bus stop balancing project intended to speed up bus service. They're also doing the work of explaining why a reduction of bus stops is desirable, or even necessary.
The Urbanist
March 17, 2021, 9am PDT
With dwindling revenue and a narrow scope for funding projects, it may be time for Washington State to re-evaluate its gas tax in favor of more sustainable revenue sources.
Publicola
March 8, 2021, 10am PST
Seattle's city council considers reducing 'arbitrary' and 'exclusionary' limits on home-based businesses.
The Urbanist