- Report from the Tacoma Link expansion open house.
- Additional staff work suggests Tacoma Link “hybrid” option won’t happen. Tacoma Council will pick its alternative April 23rd, ST Board perhaps May 23rd.
- HB 1045 (the safe streets bill) passes Senate 45-2, headed to the governor’s desk.
- New House Transportation Budget proposal includes taxing authority for transit: smaller overall, but still new-road-heavy. Free summary here, more complete summary in companion Times pieces (roads, transit) ($).
- Some industry watchers concerned about an apartment “bubble.” ($) Of course, this would be great news for anyone who cares about housing affordability, except to the extent that a crash would discourage further building.
- PubliCola describes the three Seattle Council proposals on development taxes. Clark and Burgess are friendliest to development (but still less than McGinn), O’Brien is in the middle, and Licata would do the most to discourage it.
- A look at the big new development in Columbia City.
- 369 new units in “Old Bellevue”, too — and 625 parking spaces (ugh).
- Kitsap Transit planning for passenger ferries.
- The overkill of train safety regulations.
- AAA says it costs $7,000-$11,600 to own an operate a car for 15,000 miles a year.
- Paying people to not drive is cheaper than building parking for them.
- Man strangled by University Street escalator.
- C-Tran figuring out what to do about the CRC.
- Governor’s new transportation “principles” not a “war on cars” document by any means.
- Building a better subway car.
- The case for Amtrak’s money-losing long-distance trains.
- Photos of Hong Kong’s density.
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News Roundup: Won’t Happen
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