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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Seattle city council just doesn't get it

September 14, 2010 in Blog

Discouraging news out of Seattle today as the city council decided to move forward with a plan to raise parking taxes in the city from 10 percent to 12.5 percent and create a "transportation benefit district," which will increase taxes on Seattle-ites up to $20 a year when they renew their car tabs.

Seattle is not alone in bike dustups

September 13, 2010 in In the News
Puget Sound Business Journal
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Puget Sound Business Journal
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Monday, September 13, 2010

King County Metro union rejects future pay freezes, suggests cutting bus service, management

September 9, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bus union: give drivers more money and cut service to pay for it

September 8, 2010 in Blog

The Seattle Times covered our research on bus driver salaries today and it included comments from the leader of the bus union, which caught my eye:

Cash-strapped Metro targets drivers' pay

September 8, 2010 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Trading roads for bike lanes increases traffic congestion

August 30, 2010 in Blog

Seattle’s blind infatuation with Road Diets will make traffic congestion worse.

Seattle officials are quick to say Road Diets maintain the car carrying capacity on the roads in which they are applied. However, Seattle officials are much slower to admit that Road Diets also do not improve the car carrying capacity either.

This means Road Diets are essentially exchanging the future capacity needs of the roadway for other uses today; in this case, bicycle traffic.

Data shows “Road Diets” cause congestion on high-traffic streets

August 30, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Monday, August 30, 2010