Alaska Way Viaduct
overpass off of the Alaska Way Viaduct in Seattle

Technology, Transportation, and the Tunnel

The work of Discovery Institute’s ACES Northwest Network was recently featured in this Seattle Times article, authored by project co-chairs Tom Alberg and Bryan Mistele.  The article highlights our efforts to advance autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) vehicle technologies in the Pacific Northwest—especially during the so-called ‘Period of Maximum Constraint’ following the impending closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The article also notes Discovery Institute’s crucial role in the selection of the deep-bore replacement option in 2008.

Long before that time, our founder and board chair Bruce Chapman advocated in favor of the Viaduct’s demolition during his time on the Seattle City Council in the early 1970s.  That part of the story is featured in the video component of this news segment on KOMO TV.

We are proud of our work to advance technology, transportation and the tunnel all of which will be of long-term benefit to the City of Seattle.

Cascadia Center

Founded in 1993, as the Cascadia Project, Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development is an important force in regional transportation and sustainable development issues. Cascadia is known for its involvement in transportation and development issues in the Cascadia Corridor, Puget Sound and in the U.S.-Canadian cross-border realm. We’ve recently added to that mix through a major program to promote U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil, including the earliest possible development and integration of flex-fuel, plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles.