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- The SR 520 eastbound off-ramp to 124th Ave NE is closed due to roadwork.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
Light rail tunnel boring machines arrive from Germany
Two giant German machines that will bore light rail tunnels from the University of Washington to Capitol Hill have made the trip overseas to the Pacific Northwest.

King Co. Metro to increase fares on Jan. 1
Riding a Metro bus will cost 25 cents more on Jan. 1.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
State Patrol, WSDOT announce new plan to tackle icy freeways
Photo by Joshua Trujillo With every snowstorm, Seattle learns and adapts.

McGinn: 'I'm not the best politician' but tunnel still a bad idea
After declaring a month ago that Seattle shouldn't trust Gov. Chris Gregoire on the Alaskan Way Viaduct project, Mayor Mike McGinn acknowledged Wednesday that he could be more diplomatic.

Would tolls keep SR 520 traffic out of the Arboretum?
People looking for a shortcut to neighborhoods south of the new 520 bridge could someday be in for a surprise: Tolls on the scenic drive through Washington Park Arboretum.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Report: Amtrak to allow guns on most trains
Hey outlaw, you might want to think twice about robbing this train.

Getting There: Are all yellow lights the same?
Is the timing for a yellow traffic light set the same at all of the city's intersections?

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Feds get tough on Cyber Monday, seize domain names
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said says authorities have seized the domain names of four websites suspected of selling counterfeit Nike and timberland shoes, NFL jerseys and illegal downloads of movies.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
PHOTOS: Seattle after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is gone
How will the views change along Seattle's waterfront when the Alaskan Way Viaduct is torn down in five years and replaced with a tunnel? Check out this gallery of images, compiled by the state Transportation Department, that compare existing views along the viaduct to simulated views of the future after the double-decker structure is demolished.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010
More bad news for transit funding
In his first State of the City speech back in February, Seattle's transit-friendly Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed the era of the big highway was over.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Wash. drivers spent less time stuck in traffic in '09
It may not seem like it this week, but the state Transportation Department says Washington drivers spent less time in congestion in 2009.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
See a map of additional road closures Sunday
A quick reminder that in addition to unplanned road closures for snow and ice, there are additional planned road closures in Seattle Sunday morning and early afternoon as part of the Seattle Marathon and Seattle Half Marathon.

Getting There: Why did SDOT remove parking spaces near Cornish?
Why did the city narrow Terry Avenue between Lenora and Virgina Streets and remove about 20 badly needed street parking spaces near the Cornish College of the Arts?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010
King Co. Metro Transit to run snow routes Monday AM
Metro says buses will run snow routes Monday morning. For more information, check here.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Former DOT worker sentenced to jail for false overtime hours
A former state Transportation Department employee who billed the state for $74,000 in overtime hours she never earned has been sentenced to nine months in jail, the agency reports.

How Tim Eyman may block the deep-bore tunnel
Eric de Place at Sightline raises a good point about I-1053 and how it could affect the state's plan to pay for the $3.1 billion deep-bore tunnel replacement plan for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Taking the all-electric Leaf for a drive
Seattlepi.com takes the all-electric Nissan Leaf for a test drive.

Artist housing planned near light rail station
Artspace USA, a nonprofit developer of housing for artists, is planning to build a 51-unit building near the Mount Baker light rail station for tenants who depend on transit.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Light rail ridership dips in October
Ridership on the Link light rail dipped in October for the third straight month, which indicates Sound Transit may not hit its ridership target by the end of the year.

UPDATE: One-way 520 tolls could be $3.50
UPDATE: The state Transportation Commission recommended Tuesday that one-way tolls on the State Route 520 bridge be set at $3.50 during peak hours. My story Tuesday on seattlepi.com didn't report the commission had chosen to recommend one of two tolling scenarios. (The other was a maximum of $3.80 during peak hours.)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010
SR 520 gets new electronic 'Smarter Highways' signs
State Route 520 will be part of the state's new "Smarter Highways" system Tuesday, meaning new overhead signs will alert drivers to speed changes and lane closures ahead.

One-way tolls on 520 bridge could be $3.50
Drivers could pay $3.50 one-way to cross the State Route 520 bridge next June when tolls go into effect to help pay for the aging span''s replacement.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Why does the new state ferry list?
Should they call it the Chetzemoka or the "I-Lean"?

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
State ferry 'Chetzemoka' about to set sail: Was it too pricey?
Washington state's first new state ferry in more than a decade will sail into service Monday between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Metro buses on reduced service during Veterans Day
King County Metro Transit will run reduced service Thursday during the Veterans Day holiday. Some routes are canceled and others have designated stops canceled. For more information, click here.

Report: High-speed rail could help conserve energy, reduce congestion
Investing in high-speed rail in the U.S. could help conserve energy and relieve traffic congestion as travelers switch from cars and short inter-city flights to more efficient trains, according to a new report released Wednesday from the Washington Public Interest Research Group.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
Getting There: Does Ballard road need more stop signs?
Does the city need to install stops signs at intersections along 17th Avenue Northwest in Ballard?

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