What Seattle should learn from Toronto

What Seattle should learn from Toronto. An interesting comparison of Seattle to Toronto is given by native Seattlelite, Mr. Robinson.  He describes the urban neighbourhoods of Toronto pretty well.  After a year in Toronto myself, I would say that Toronto has a lot of things going for it. On a recent trip to Toronto, I also spent a great Friday evening with a friend just … Continue reading What Seattle should learn from Toronto

Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times

Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times Newspaper. I definitely know this until reading this article.  Seattle’s bus tunnel will now be a train and bus tunnel.  That just sort of blows my mind.  Buses and trains will have to line up for the same station platforms.  This will be very interesting to see work. The idea is not totally new for light rail … Continue reading Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times

Seattle Light Rail set to open this year

July 18, 2009 is the big day for a new era of transit in Seattle.  All right.  New era is probably a bit much, but things will definitely be changing.  The Link, Seattle’s new light rail line will run from Seattle’s downtown to Tukwila in the south. In Cascadia, that brings the big three metro areas all up to rapid transit status.  Vancouver has two SkyTrain lines … Continue reading Seattle Light Rail set to open this year

High Speed Rail in Cascadia

Time for Vancouver to get aboard Obama’s Cascadia Express << Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2009 As a part of President Obama’s new infrastructure plans, he has targeted high speed rail corridors across the United States.  The only one in North America right now is the Boston-New York-Washington, D.C. Acela train.  The Pacific Northwest is an important region in North America and it make senses for … Continue reading High Speed Rail in Cascadia

Streetfilms » Take a Ride on the Seattle Streetcar

Streetfilms » Take a Ride on the Seattle Streetcar. I must say that I didn’t realize that Seattle has had a streetcar running since December 2007. It’s only 1.3 miles long, so it’s not very long.  However, it seems like Seattle is finally coming over towards the side of transit and has been developing their light rail transit system.  These are Skoda trains which look … Continue reading Streetfilms » Take a Ride on the Seattle Streetcar

Streetfilms » Seattle Crosswalk: Tap foot, Lights blink, Cross street

Streetfilms » Seattle Crosswalk: Tap foot, Lights blink, Cross street. I must say that this looks like a lot of fun and looks worth trying out if you happen to be in Seattle.  By putting the flashing lights into the road itself, you eliminate the overhead clutter of the big dangling crossing signals you some times see.  Check out the video. Also, you don’t even … Continue reading Streetfilms » Seattle Crosswalk: Tap foot, Lights blink, Cross street

Local News | Sound Transit to vote on mileage-based light-rail fares | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Sound Transit to vote on mileage-based light-rail fares | Seattle Times Newspaper. Our friends in Seattle look like they will adopt a mileage-based fare system rather than a zone system.  I know TransLink is looking into possibly implementing a similar system here.  There has been talk at different levels of government about it.  However, nothing has truly come to fruition. I know … Continue reading Local News | Sound Transit to vote on mileage-based light-rail fares | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seattle In Line for More Light Rail

Seattle Times, November 5, 2008 Source: Sound Transit via Seattle Times I’m very happy with my new email subscription to the Sightline Institutes daily newsletter.  It provides some interesting stories that I wouldn’t have to time look for otherwise.  I picked this one up about Seattle’s Proposition 1 for road, bridges, and transit. It looks like Seattle is in line for some large expansions to their … Continue reading Seattle In Line for More Light Rail

Great Pacific Northwest Walking Tour

What a great idea! The folks from Walkable Communities, Inc. in Orlando, Florida have organized this wonderful walking tour from Seattle to Vancouver.  Well, they’re not exactly walking the whole distance.  They’re going to be taking the train up from Seattle to bridge the distance. Dan Burden, the director of Walkable Communities, wrote a special article to the Vancouver Sun about the benefits and virtures … Continue reading Great Pacific Northwest Walking Tour

Second Amtrak Train was supposed to be in service by now

I have never had the good fortune to ride the Amtrak Cascades train from Vancouver to Seattle and back, but I would love to one day. I have looked at prices and times before and the worst is the times. Get up at an ungodly hour to reach Seattle at a decent time.  Then to return to Vancouver, you do not arrive until midnight.  Eeks. … Continue reading Second Amtrak Train was supposed to be in service by now