- Sounder trains will serve both the Sounders’ playoff match Saturday and the Seahawks’ game Sunday.
- Relatedly, the Link Light Rail Red Line will also be open the full length of the line this weekend, before the bus bridge replaces Link service between SODO Station and Capitol Hill Station the following weekend and two weekends after that.
- Looking ahead, Sounder will also serve the next day of Global Climate Strikes, on a day most US students and workers won’t actually have to strike.
- Trailhead Direct season ends on October 27.
- Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surfacing parking closes for several years this Saturday for Link Red Line construction. Park-and-riders going to the U-District will have to park at a satellite lot.
- Mainstream Republicans of Washington has joined the long list or organizations opposing Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976. The list is far from comprehensive, since STB, which endorsed the No vote months ago, is not on that list.
- The Urbanist has published its 2019 general election endorsements. Long-time urbanista journalist Erica Barnett has also interviewed all city council candidates willing to talk with her. Ballots and slick ads abusing the popular term “accountability” hit mailboxes this week.
- In case you missed it, The Stranger endorsed Kshama Sawant, not Egan Orion, whose campaign paid for a wrap-around ad over the real cover designed to make it appear that The Stranger had endorsed him. Drama at The Stranger.
- Seattle Bike Blog is issuing City Council endorsements one by one.
- Oh, and since this is a transit blog, we should probably mention that the Transit Riders Union and Transportation for Washington have also issued endorsements.
- Higher fuel standards and more electrification could cut human carbon emissions substantially.
- Retrofitting housing to remove fossil-fuel-powered heating sources is part of Seattle’s recently-passed Green New Deal. However, Mayor Durkan will allow new buildings to continue to use methane as a heating source. Have we mentioned that methane is dangerous ($)?
- Proposed federal gas tax increase could fund transit (unlikely), or could be used to build more highways.
- Pay-per-mile instead of state gas tax? The target appears to be electric-car owners and the need to keep on building highways, so don’t expect the money can go to projects that actually reduce carbon emissions.
- Governor Jay Inslee was among the many not impressed that there were no questions about the climate crisis at Tuesday night’s debate. Perhaps he should re-examine his plan to keep building more highways and sock it to electric car drivers to pay for them.
- Cars on a surface parking lot will be displaced for a housing tower in the U-District. Maybe having an RV on the lot would reduce resistance to clearing it.
- Mercer Island car-priority advocates want bus riders off the island after the Blue Line opens.
- San Francisco to ban cars from Market Street.
- High Speed Rail between Vegas and
LAVictorville by end of 2023? Yeah, that’s the ticket.
- Car ownership is growing faster than population.
- Flying continues to grow, just more slowly because of “flygscam“.
- Slow self-driving shuttles are making in-roads on private property.
- Boeing wants to grade-separate car traffic. No fuel source has been mentioned.
- Transportation expert offers his free advice ($) on Seattle-area transit systems.
- King County Metro and the City of Renton are developing an unfunded wish list for ways to improve access to transit.
- Las Vegas’ monorail ($) is still alive, and has funding for a new station.
- Eugene approaches final decision on new transit lines.
- Harris County (Houston metropolitan area) voters to decide fate of $3.5 billion bond package for transit expansion.
- Mobility justice group calls for expansion of dockless scooter-share in Chicago.
- Proximity to transit raises property values, improves quality of life, and reduces transportation costs, per APTA study.
- New WheelOptions website encourages Pugetopolis commuters to be Commute Superheroes. You’ll love the incentives!