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A ‘Week Without Driving’ Is a Year-Round Experience for Some King County Residents

by Lizz Giordano


For Kris Colcock, a 20-minute appointment may take all day to complete — and several buses. Colcock, who is blind and lives on Bainbridge Island, relies mainly on public transportation to get around. 

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Duwamish Valley Hopes for Quieter Streets as the West Seattle Bridge Reopens

by Lizz Giordano


With the opening of the West Seattle Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 18, the Duwamish Valley is counting down the days to fewer vehicles passing through the neighborhood and regaining its streets for slower uses. 

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Funding ‘Solutions Not Studies’ to End Seattle Traffic Deaths

by Lizz Giordano


In the seven years Seattle has worked toward achieving Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic deaths has never been so out of reach for the city. Especially in the South End, which absorbed more than half of the fatalities on the city’s streets last year

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Sound Transit Board Passes a More Lenient Policy Toward Non-Paying Riders

by Lizz Giordano


Sound Transit is bringing back fines for non-payment on its trains and buses this fall after the agency paused fare enforcement during the pandemic, but it has also instituted a more lenient and accommodating system for riders who don’t pay their fare.

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Delridge Traffic Barrier Causes Hardship for Community Preschool

by Lizz Giordano


Luz Casio spends many of her mornings directing traffic outside the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center Bilingual Preschool (RIFC) in West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood. As director of the preschool, she’s trying to help make drop-off a little less chaotic for families.

Casio says this extra duty wasn’t needed before Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed a yellow concrete median in the middle of Delridge Way that cut off left-turn access to the preschool. The road redesign was done in anticipation of the RapidRide H Line, a new King County Metro bus route set to start running frequent service between Downtown Seattle and Burien along Delridge in late 2022.

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Lake to Sound Trail: Linking Trails, Communities, and Nature

by Lizz Giordano


On Wednesday, March 30, King County Parks broke ground on the third segment of the Lake to Sound Trail. Once fully completed, the 16-mile multiuse path will link the southern tip of Lake Washington to the Puget Sound — from Renton to Des Moines — connecting several south King County cities and trails along the way. 

The latest 2.2-mile segment will start in southern Burien, then run along SeaTac’s western edge, ending about a half-mile west of the Angle Lake light rail station. The segment is set to open late next year.

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New Light Rail Threatens Chinatown Historic District, Community Pushes Back

by Lizz Giordano


As Sound Transit plans the next Seattle light rail line, a group of leaders in the Chinatown-International District (CID) say the project could force out more business, further uprooting the community and threatening historic buildings.

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Sound Transit Eliminates Design That Made South End Light Rail Most Dangerous Stretch

by Lizz Giordano


Sound Transit plans to elevate or bury future light rail routes rather than run them along the street. This design choice comes 20 years after the transit agency laid down track in the middle of 4.5 miles of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, making that segment the most dangerous in the system.

“In general, future projects are to be designed as aerial or tunnel guideways,” said John Gallagher, a spokesperson for Sound Transit, in an email. “For projects not currently under construction or in planning, Link light rail crossings will be grade separated moving forward.”

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Sound Transit Searching for Equitable Fare Enforcement Solutions

by Lizz Giordano


Two years after Sound Transit acknowledged that internal data showed Black and low-income riders were more likely to be cited and punished for failing to pay on trains, the agency is still searching for a solution for fare enforcement equity.

According to 2018–2019 rider surveys and enforcement data, 9% of light rail and Sounder train riders were Black but accounted for 21% of the people cited or fined by officers. And nearly 60% of the riders cited had a household income of less than $50,000.

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