commuter rail

Forum seeks options for increasing commuter rail service in county

This article, published by HeraldNet, mentions Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center: The Cascadia Center and TMJ Group are studying the feasibility augmenting Amtrak service between Everett and Bellingham with two trips daily using self-propelled diesel multiple unit cars. The rest of the article can be found here.

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Aerial of Auston Texas from the Congress Avenue Bridge next to the Statesmans Bat Observation Center
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What Austin Can Teach Seattle About Civic Planning

In Austin, Texas, people take their government seriously. That may be the most important lesson the Seattle Chamber learned from a recent three-day Seattle-Austin meeting in the Texas capital, where transportation, technology, culture and music, energy and governance were all on the agenda. Austin isn’t your typical Texas town. Its own mayor, with a made-for-politics name, Will Wynn, described his Read More ›

Make Eastside A Proving Ground for Innovative Transportation Ideas

By some measures, traffic congestion is worse on the east side of Lake Washington than in Seattle itself, with hourlong commutes to Bellevue from Everett and Auburn becoming common. Striking growth, led by some of the world’s most innovative companies, has transformed Eastside suburbs into a dynamic new metropolitan core, apart from Seattle and with its own transportation challenges. Harnessing Read More ›

Radio Interview: Preserving Eastside Rail Line

MP3 audio link of second hour, Dave Ross Show, 12/3/07, KIRO-AM 710. Interview with Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia Center, on Eastside rail corridor preservation, runs from 10:26 to 10:30. It is preceeded in this same audio file by Ross’ interview on the same topic with Kurt Triplett, Chief of Staff to King County Executive Ron Sims.

Regional Transport: Much Can Be Done Right Now

All around Puget Sound — in corporate boardrooms, environmental caucuses, labor halls and neighborhood coffeehouses — people are wondering about the future of transportation following the resounding thumping the Proposition 1 roads-and-transit ballot measure took on Nov. 6. As an independent transportation think tank, we’ve spent the year bringing new ideas on regional transportation to Puget Sound Business Journal readers Read More ›

Rails-To-Trail Deal Hits Bump

This article, published by Seattle PI, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: It is possible to have passenger trains and pedestrians both use the corridor at a much lower cost, said Bruce Agnew, the director of the Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute … The rest of the article can be found here.

Report: $37 Million Option For Eastside Train

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: Rather than rip out the tracks, an investment of about $37 million could make the 42-mile corridor ready for commuter trains to serve Eastside communities, said Read Fay, a retired BNSF regional manager who wrote the report for the Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute. The rest Read More ›