Category: Transportation

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Seattle Traffic

Danny Westneat has noticed that traffic in Seattle appears to be getting worse: People who study the psychology of commuting theorize that once daily travel times reach an upper limit, people start to break. Other than a few hardy super-commuters, most people will move, change jobs or begin loudly agitating for political change rather than keep up with the self-torture. Is Seattle about to break? Feels like it. If so, would we finally try to do something about the traffic? Surely no one is surprised. The good news will be if, yes, people are about to break and start moving...

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Thieves in Eugene?

The Lane Transit Authority thinks it has a problem with riders who do not pay full fare: Drivers have estimated that 2 percent to 5 percent of riders get away with an invalid fare, although one said recently that the number can be 15 percent to 20 percent on a busy day. Really, though, even 20% greatly understates the problem: After a recent review of operations, Lane Transit District has decided it will look into the problem of “fare evasion” — riders who don’t pay enough in fare, unknowingly or on purpose. ….. A payroll tax on local businesses provides...

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Washington’s New Cell Phone Law

Washington’s new cell phone law makes it illegal to use a hand-held phone. Right-Mind says: Yesterday, #1 son was hit on his bicycle in Moscow by a driver who was talking on his cell phone (#1 son is fine; but the bike needed to go into the shop). Personally, I think this is great news. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a near-accident because of people talking-and-driving. Unfortunately, the new law does nothing to stop people from talking-and-driving. It will, though, make it harder for you to determine whether someone’s poor driving is due to talking on...

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Good Riddance to Thieves

There is a whiny blurb in today’s King County Journal that laments the idea that people can purchase gasoline at reservation based service stations and avoid paying the state tax levy: Would you drive to a tribal reservation if you could save $5 to fill up your gas tank? If you live close enough to one, of course you would, and that scares state officials assessing the impact of a court ruling that bars Washington from collecting state tax on gas sold on reservations. – The impact of that decision, made last November by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly...

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Southwest May Move Headquarters

Southwest Airlines may move its headquarters from Dallas: Southwest has hinted that Dallas is a less-than-ideal city for its administrative offices because it’s inconvenient to move its people there for meetings. Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly has previously said that if the carrier were picking a new headquarters from scratch, Dallas wouldn’t make the first cut because of the Wright restrictions. Southwest is Dallas’ fifth-largest taxpayer, contributing $15 million last year. It provides 5,000 jobs and its activities at Love Field create $2 billion to $3 billion in economic activity, said Ron Ricks, the carrier’s top lobbyist. If they do...

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The Right Approach to Using Extorted Money

Some King County council members have finally figured out that money taken from citizens should not be used to support commercial endeavors: County Councilmen David Irons and Dwight Pelz on Monday formally presented a pair of proposed bills that would prevent the use of county funds or state or federal grants to support efforts to allow commercial airlines to operate at Boeing Field. Sadly, I doubt they’ve learned that this approach should apply across the board. For instance, airlines and their passengers should pay all the costs related to Sea-Tac; the stadiums should be payed for entirely by the teams...