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Transit union agrees to give up raises in 2011

October 29, 2010 in In the News
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Transit union agrees to give up raises in 2011

October 28, 2010 in In the News
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tacoma's News Tribune: Fix congestion on I-5 by building trains that won't fix congestion on I-5

October 27, 2010 in Blog

In this editorial by the Tacoma News Tribune, traffic congestion on I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia is highlighted as a problem.

Anyone who travels between Olympia and communities to the north knows that traffic between Lakewood and the state capital has become routinely hellish.

They even identify one of the problems:

Defining the Role of Government

October 22, 2010 in Blog

From a recent column in Governing magazine written by the Stephen Goldsmith, who is a Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (on leave) and currently the deputy mayor of operations for New York City:

So what makes public transportation or public education "public"? Is it the fact that public tax dollars support them, the fact that public employees provide them or the fact that the public is served by them?

Closing the South Park Bridge: when government fails us

October 21, 2010 in Blog

The closure of the South Park Bridge in Seattle highlights a failure of government at all levels. Public officials only needed $130 million to repair the bridge but didn't make it a priority until after the bridge was closed. It's ironic that public officials now parade around and celebrate funding when they are the ones to blame for closing the bridge in the first place.

The people speak: Viaduct transit option will not force people out of their cars

October 15, 2010 in Blog

Earlier this week, the WSDOT released a survey on the Viaduct. Here are the complete topline results.

There were three questions that really stood out to me and demonstrate why the Mayor's proposal to remove the Viaduct and replace it with a surface option is dead on arrival. Seattle is the most congested city in America and its residents know it. 

King County's takeover of West Seattle Ferry has failed

October 8, 2010 in Blog

King County officials have had a rough first year since they took over the West Seattle Ferry from a private operator; ridership is down 40 percent, costs have tripled, and they crashed the boat.

Bus union waivers (slightly) on freezing pay

October 7, 2010 in Blog

The president of Metro's bus union, Paul Bachtel has been quite firm in recent reports on the union's opposition to freezing pay increases. Bachtel's attitude is summed up in this Seattle Times article:

Union Jobs Pad West Seattle Ferry Run Following Crash

October 7, 2010 in In the News
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