- Grace Crunican, the director Seattle’s transportation department, is looking for a job in Oregon since she might be forced out by the McGinn over last winter’s snowstorm. Many smart people argue the Mayor-elect should keep her on. We agree: McGinn should consider keeping her.
- The First Hill Streetcar will break ground in 2011 and open by 2013. The City has three public meetings this month about it to discuss the possible alignments. And a minimalist web page.
- The feds announce some more funding for streetcars and trolley buses.
- SDOT begins work this week on Aurora bus platforms. RapidRide buses will eventually run along the corridor.
- Seattle Metro area transit usage up 13.4% between 2006 and 2008, well behind several sun belt cities — and Detroit. Traffic congestion down, mostly due to the economy.
- King County Council backs SR520 A+ option. That pits them against Richard Conlin, Frank Chopp, and others, but with the legislative working group.
- The Stranger art critic looks at the public art piece — above — temporarily occupying the future home of Link’s Capitol Hill stop.
More after the jump…
- The Internet tells McGinn that his top priority should be light rail expansion. His third priority, too.
- Wine tours by Metro bus.
- The first story that associates a serious crime with light rail.
- Problems with the Canada Line in Vancouver. More public-private partnership troubles in Virginia.
- As Congress considers front-loading more infrastructure spending, highways might win out.
- Father on MAX separated from his three-year old. The operator is later suspended fired.
- Free West Seattle shuttle for the 55+ and disabled sets.
- An iPhone app for ferry riders.
- Columbia River Crossing hits a major snag. Decision delayed till January.