Transportation

Tunnel Option Extends Life of Elevated Highway Despite Known Risk of Earthquake

Recent events in Japan have added yet another twist to the ongoing saga of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct. Before the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the Mayor and City Council duked it out over whether or not the City of Seattle would commit to replacing the damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep... read more »

Mayor McGinn Vetoes Big Dig West

Great news in the fight against the tunnel due to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, aka "Big Dig West" - Mayor Mike McGinn, bravely going against nearly all of the Seattle City Council, has vetoed the contract to construct the tunnel, citing a variety of legitimate reasons.  ... read more »

CEOs for Cities Critiques Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report

Driven Apart, an excellent analysis by Joe Cortright and CEOs for Cities takes a fresh look at the annual Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas Transportation Institute. ... read more »

Obama seeking to spend $53 Billion on High-Speed Rail

Joe Biden announced yesterday that the Obama administration is going to request $53 billion for high-speed rail over the next six years. Check out Time's article. ... read more »

War on Cars? Or War on the Carless?

Seattle's Publicola, in anticipation of an upcoming panel discussion on the War on Cars, invited two of their panelists to guest editorials. David Roberts, from Grist, wrote The War on the Carless. ... read more »

Big Dig West May Be Stuck in the Muck

It is time for WSDOT to reconsider the $3.1 billion bored hole tunnel that is slated to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.   ... read more »

Madison High-Speed Rail

Here is another excellent article in the Capitol Times about what Madison loses by having Wisconsin send back its $800 million for a rail link between Madison and Milwaukee. ... read more »

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Check out this excellent article in Grist about the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, featuring an article with Cary Moon, spokesperson forthe People's Waterfront Coalition. ... read more »

LEED-ND Bicycle Network and Storage Credit: A Few Recommendations

With LEED-ND and other LEED rating systems open for public comment until January 14, 2011, CNU asked me to evaluate the current Bicycle Network and Storage credit (Smart Location and Linkage Credit 4), and to recommend improvements to the existing language.   ... read more »

Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

Check out this terrific and very creative video at the StrongTowns website called Conversation with an Engineer. ... read more »