Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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Washington state’s highway performance ranks 42nd best in United States

October 17, 2014 in Blog

A report released last month by the Reason Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the 42nd best highway performance out of the 50 U.S. states. Just three years ago, the state ranked 24th among other states. Washington received poor marks because “mileage in poor condition (on urban and rural Interstates and rural arterials) increased considerably, despite increased spending (relative to the U.S. average).”

Some findings from the study:

Seattle and Tacoma port alliance reflects WPC recommendation

October 8, 2014 in Blog

After years of debate on whether the ports of Seattle and Tacoma should merge, port officials announced today they have formed a single Seaport Alliance. According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, “The Seaport Alliance will manage marine cargo terminal investments plus marketing, planning and operations, while existing government structures, taxing authority and ownership of assets remain in place.”

King County Council votes to preserve Metro bus service without raising regressive taxes

September 30, 2014 in Blog

After months of doubt, threats and controversy, bus riders and taxpayers finally have some good news: the King County Councilmembers unanimously voted to stop the bus service cuts they had planned for 2015. County officials now say they will limit their cut to a total of 151,000 hours of bus service, instead of the 600,000 bus hours they threatened earlier this year, citing windfall sales tax revenues and better management practices at Metro.

Editorial: King County Metro Transit heeds the voters' call on efficiencies

September 22, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000 hours of bus service

September 18, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

City Inside/Out: Bus Vote Battle

September 16, 2014 in In the News
Seattle Channel
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Metro Transit workers reject wage freeze

September 16, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Metro Transit workers spurn offer with 2-year wage freeze

September 16, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

King County Metro update: Highest-paid unionized workers reject pay raise offer

September 12, 2014 in Blog

Members of Metro Transit’s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 voted to turn down a fair contract that would have provided them with a 2% pay raise over three years, The Seattle Times reports today.

The contract offer would have provided a fair pay raise, while allowing King County leaders to preserve more bus service for the public without raising regressive taxes.  Still, 66% of union members rejected the offer, saying it was not generous enough.