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CNNtech: How Seattle morphed from bikeshare failure to industry leader in five months

In Bicycles by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Cyclists riding on a cycletrack in Downtown Seattle. Photo Seattle Department of Transportation Fewer than five months ago, Seattle shut down its struggling municipal bikeshare system that had been propped up with taxpayer dollars. But in the last month, three innovative bikeshare companies have launched in the city, quickly eclipsing the past failure. There are more bikes available, and more …

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In Seattle, Amazon plans to buy a streetcar and fund shorter headways

In Like/Dislike, Other Cities, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Seattle Streetcar, image ericnvntr The Seattle Transit Blog reports that Amazon.com, which is building a shiny new headquarters complex in Downtown Seattle, plans to buy that city a new streetcar vehicle for service on an existing line and provide funding for shorter headway service. The overall proposal includes $5.5 million of support for the Seattle Streetcar. This funding will allow …

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Terrorist paranoia in Atlanta, new bus stop signs in Seattle, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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Apartments, stores planned on Loyola Avenue near Superdome [The Times-Picayune] Spurred by the future Loyola Avenue streetcar line, a local development firm plans to transform a sea of downtown [New Orleans] parking lots into 450 apartments and 125,000 square feet of shops and restaurants that it calls the South Market District. Jewelry District, this is your fuiture. In Quest for …

Seattle stole my snow!

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Seattle doesn’t get very much snow, but they had an early winter storm hit them this week. Drivers on John Street in the Capital Hill section of town were none to happy about it. Skip to the 2:43 mark to see a city bus try to go down the hill (well, it goes down, but not as intended). Via: Human …

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Rail Service Expansion Imperiled at State Level [The New York Times] “Any notion that somehow rail is subsidized, and other modes of transportation aren’t, is simply not factual,” said Mr. Smith, the president Reconnecting America, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, who noted that highways and airports were subsidized as well. “Honestly, transportation infrastructure should not be a partisan issue. When …

I want an ORCA Card

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson21 Comments

Photo (cc) Oran Viriyincy What the hell is an ORCA Card you ask? Only a wicked awesome tranist fare Smart Card. The ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is the Seattle area’s version of Smart Card transit fare technology which is taking root around the world. London has their Oyster card, Hong Kong Octopus, and the Chicago Card are among …