Vimeo Video: Placemaking & Seattle

I love videos like this one.  It’s so interesting to find little nuggets like this video on the Internet.  This video talks about “placemaking” in the South Lake Union area of Seattle.  This is the neighbourhood in which Amazon’s headquarters are now located.  It’s urban and just on the northern edge of the Seattle’s downtown. The video also includes James Howard Kunstler, whose hyperbole about … Continue reading Vimeo Video: Placemaking & Seattle

Kinokuniya – My Favourite Japanese Bookstore in Seattle

Living in Vancouver, BC, we are in easy driving range of Seattle. One could easily make a day trip down to the Emerald City. Or as the recent “2 Days in Seattle” ad campaign suggests, you should spend two days in Seattle. For the past few trips into the US, I’ve made it a point to visit one particular bookstore in Seattle. It’s Kinokuniya. What’s … Continue reading Kinokuniya – My Favourite Japanese Bookstore in Seattle

Seattle’s Car Tab – springboard for Vancouver’s Vehicle Levy?

Our Cascadian neighbours in the Emerald City have been dealing recently with some major transportation issues.  In question is the funding of transit and road costs through a car tab.  A car tab sounds similar to the idea of a vehicle levy put forth by TransLink and the Metro Vancouver mayors.  Each car in Seattle basically has to pay an annual amount that goes towards … Continue reading Seattle’s Car Tab – springboard for Vancouver’s Vehicle Levy?

The second train is back on track

Second Vancouver-Washington Amtrak train gets a reprieve – The Globe and Mail. How is exciting is this?  For once, the feds get it right.  Unfortunately, it looks like the waiver on the fees is still temporary.  It’s only going to be a 1-year thing at this point.  Doesn’t matter for now. I may still get my chance to ride the rails if things go okay.  … Continue reading The second train is back on track

Select Smart Cards from around the world

TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation just started a Fare Card Naming Contest recently.  So I thought it would be great to take a look at some of the Smart Cards already in operation out there.  Ours won’t be available until 2013, but we can take a look at what other cities have to offer in their smart cards. Seattle – ORCA Card   … Continue reading Select Smart Cards from around the world

RapidRide – bus rapid transit for Seattle area

RapidRide promises better bus service >> Seattle PI. Bus Rapid Transit seems to making it’s way into the Seattle area.  The new A-Line service pictured above will run limited-stop service from Federal Way in the south along Pac Highway and International Boulevard South to the Tukwila Light Rail Station.  It will provide more frequent service during rush hour with limited stops.  It will be similar … Continue reading RapidRide – bus rapid transit for Seattle area

Canadian border fees endangers 2nd Amtrak train

Canadian fee imperils popular Vancouver-Seattle rail service | Vancouver Sun Travel | 2nd daily Amtrak train to B.C. about to be canceled | Seattle Times Newspaper. It looks like the Canada Border Service Agency insists on additional fees for this great rail service between Vancouver and the rest of Cascadia – including Seattle and Portland. A $1,500 daily inspection fee by Canada’s border services agency … Continue reading Canadian border fees endangers 2nd Amtrak train

Much ado about “Sharrows”

Sharrows are a sham solution for bike lanes — Crosscut (Seattle) The word “sharrow” is derived from the words “share” and “arrow.”  It’s task is to remind drivers that cyclists may share the road with automobiles. Vancouver has a few examples of sharrows, as well.  Main Street is full of them.  I saw a lot on some of my photo walks along Main. and so … Continue reading Much ado about “Sharrows”

Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. started service August 19

WSDOT – 2009 News – Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. begins service August 19. CBC – 2nd Seattle-Vancouver train ready to roll These articles are a week or two old, but the additional train service finally started a week ago.  I went onto the Amtrak Cascades site and calculated the cost of a round trip on the train from Vancouver, BC to Seattle. … Continue reading Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. started service August 19

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper. Here’s a good story on Seattle’s new light rail line.  I’m actually reading more positive stuff about Seattle’s light rail than I am about anything on the Canada Line here in Vancouver.  Art inside a deep underground tunnel does make a difference to the transit experience.  I doubt the Canada … Continue reading Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper