Traffic congestion is a serious problem in major cities across the country. INRIX, an international traffic data firm in Seattle produces a National Traffic Scorecard that ranks the top 100 metro cities based on hours wasted in traffic congestion. In 2011, drivers in these cities wasted an average of 16.0 hours per year in traffic congestion.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently endorsed unanimously its Private Sector Energy Task Force's recommendations as to how Fairfax County can become a leader in the area energy sufficiency, sustainability and "green" technology.
Voters in the Clark County area are soundly rejecting (56.3%) a proposal to fund light rail across a new Columbia River Crossing (CRC) on I-5. The measure, Proposition 1, was placed on the ballot by the Clark County Area Transit Authority, C-TRAN. Yet, even though this is the second time voters have rejected light rail in Clark County, local officials have made it clear they want to move ahead with extending light rail from Portland to Vancouver.
In light of the recent performance audit on Sound Transit by the State Auditor's Office, its a good time to review WPC's recommendation of making Sound Transit board of directors an elected body.
Do you know who runs Sound Transit?
Sound Transit officials spend about $1 million per day in public money, yet their leadership is not accountable to the public because they are not directly elected to their positions. They are appointed.
In January, the State Auditor's Office agreed to conduct a performance on a number of items related to Sound Transit. Part of the audit was based on a WPC request to reconcile some of the agency's ridership and financial forecasting issues.
The SAO just released the results of that audit. Here are the key findings:
The proposed express toll lanes on I-405 will produce less revenue and lead to more traffic congestion than first thought, according to a state study. But WSDOT officials are moving forward despite the negative findings and before the study has even been published.
Earlier this year, the legislature authorized WSDOT officials to deviate from the original I-405 Master Plan and create an express toll corridor between Bellevue and Lynnwood. However, opponents were able to convince lawmakers to include a revenue study before construction could begin.
In a new state study, the proposed express toll lanes on I-405 will produce less revenue and lead to more traffic congestion than first thought by WSDOT officials.
Earlier this year, the legislature authorized WSDOT officials to deviate from the original I-405 Master Plan and create an express toll corridor between Bellevue and Lynnwood. However, opponents were able to convince lawmakers to include a third-party feasibility study before construction.
In November, the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN) board of directors will ask all voters living within the agency’s taxing district to raise the sales tax rate to expand public transit in the Clark County region.
In a blow to state Indian tribes, the Washington State Supreme Court just issued their decision in the tribal gas tax case, siding with the plaintiff and sending the case back to the trial court to proceed without the tribes as a party.
In this recent article, even liberal PI columnist Joel Connelly shares his frustration with Seattle's War on Cars:
An Eastside buddy, noting a birthday this scribe studiously sought to overlook, wanted to give me a good-natured bad time over dinner. He proposed to do it in Bellevue. Two words melted my hesitation: Wild Ginger.
The dinner has since inspired several across-the-lake get-togethers for business and enjoyment.
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently awarded over $250,000 in public money to 24 local advocacy groups to organize, influence and promote public transit and transit oriented development around the region.
The money is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and it is part of a program called Growing Transit Communities. According to the PSRC, “The goal of Growing Transit Communities is putting jobs and opportunity closer to where people live.”
Government officials “protecting” a business from legitimate competition by allowing it to operate as a monopoly is a scary thought but it is exactly what is happening to a private ferry company on Lake Chelan right here in Washington. Fox News has the full story.
From the scenic waters of Lake Chelan in Washington state, comes a battle over big government that could sail all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.