Transportation

It's election time again as city officials and their challengers face the voters.

Transportation is a perennial issue in every municipal campaign. Candidates talk about all of the streets that need repaving, the bridges that need strengthening and the sidewalks that have never been poured, much less deteriorated to the point of needing replacement.

08/10/2005

Thank you for the very good article on my work on the City Council in your July 27 edition. Unfortunately, the headline "Conlin supports monorail here" does not accurately represent my position on the monorail. I have always been skeptical of the monorail as a technology (because of its impacts on the pedestrian environment) and as a solution to our transportation problems (because of its high cost and probably low ridership).

The headline could lead readers to believe that I have changed my position.

08/10/2005

Special To The Times/News

A King County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Burien Aug.

08/10/2005

Former Highline School Board member Ed Pina distanced himself from political labels as he announced last week that he is a candidate for the Des Moines City Council.

"I'm neither ultra conservative nor ultra liberal," Pina declared.

08/10/2005

Times/News

Just like many other times since the project was revived in the early 1990s, the State Route 509 extension program is again partially on hold.

The reason is Initiative 912 - the ballot measure that would roll back the nine and half-cent gas tax approved by state legislators earlier this year.

The Legislature earmarked $30 million for the extension project through the gas tax, but Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) staffers are waiting to see what voters will do in November concerning I-912.

As they wait, design work

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ERIC MATHISON

Highline residents closely study with the help of a state transportation department staffer a map of the State Route 519 extension project at a SeaTac open house.

Former Highline School Board member Ed Pina distanced himself from political labels as he announced last week that he is a candidate for the Des Moines City Council.

"I'm neither ultra conservative nor ultra liberal," Pina declared.

08/10/2005

The world's three main monorail builders are all expressing interest in designing, building, operating and maintaining Seattle's new monorail.

MTrans is a monorail company from Malaysia that calls itself "an urban transit system provider." It wants to compete with the other two monorail builders, Hitachi, which is part of Cascadia Monorail Co., and Bombardier, part of Team Monorail.

MTrans has 700 employees and is based in Kuala Lumpur.

08/10/2005

Orin Wells, a Republican from Kent, announced last week he will oppose King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson, D-SeaTac, in the November general election.

Wells and Patterson are running in the new King County Council District 5, which was created earlier this year after voters approved a ballot measure to reduce the number of council members from 13 to nine.

District 5 includes part of the Highline community.

Wells, a small business owner and independent consultant in Kent for the past 13 years, said as a King County councilman he will "make sure the Electio

08/10/2005

and Tim St. Clair

There is $500 million worth of city street and bridge repairs that have been ignored too long and Seattle City Council President Jan Drago says it is time to get to work on that.

"The next four years, the focus needs not to be on big capital development, but on maintenance, both major and routine," she says. "The era of big capital budgets is over for a while as far as I am concerned. We need to focus on the smaller things that are more realistic for us to deal with.

08/10/2005

Exhibiting the no nonsense attitude she has displayed for the past nearly two decades on the Port of Seattle commission, Paige Miller was blunt and direct when she said she not only wants to end the Richard Conlin's time on the Seattle City Council but openly covets his job as chairman of the council's transportation committee.

"I've accomplished what I set out to do with the port and I want to take my skill, experience, tenacity, and persistence to the city where they really need some help, particularly on transportation issues which I know a lot about," Miller says.

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08/04/2005
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