HOT Lanes Expansion Urged

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Tunnel Returns To Debate Over Viaduct Options

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions Discovery Institute: That hasn’t stopped the Cascadia Center, a branch of the Discovery Institute think tank, from promoting a tunnel. The rest of the article can be found here.

How To Fund Transportation Without Raising Taxes

This article, published by Crosscut, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Some concepts avoid total privatization and settle for semi-privatization with their financing, such as partially funding projects with building trades or union pension funds. That’s been floated as how to fund a new downtown tunnel concept by Cascadia’s Bruce Agnew … The rest of the article can be found Read More ›

Warning Signs For The Fall: A Sneaky Tax

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: The always-creative Cascadia Center in Seattle has leaped on the aging problems of Interstate 5 by proposing an entirely different approach to both the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement and a reconfigured I-5. The rest of the article can be found here.

Viaduct Bypass, I-5 Expansion Should Be Linked

The shocking collapse of the Minneapolis Interstate 35W bridge will no doubt aid the campaign for the multibillion-dollar roads-and-transit package facing central Puget Sound voters in November. Yet two crucial transportation projects relevant to the Minnesota tragedy are partially on hold — replacement of the central waterfront section of Alaska Way Viaduct on State Route 99, and full funding for Read More ›

They Want To Build A Private Toll Bridge To The 21st Century

This article, published Crosscut, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: An ad-hoc group, including Bruce Agnew of the Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center and economist Glenn Pascall, are talking about a tolled bypass tunnel under downtown that would obviate the need for replacing the earthquake-vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct. The rest of the article can be found here.

North Commuter Trains Sought

This article, published by HeraldNet, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: “We think that, with community support, we can do this,” said Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center for Transportation and a former Snohomish County Councilman. The rest of the article can be found here.

Sticker Shock? Get Over It

That collective shudder across Puget Sound this month had nothing to do with terrorism or tectonics. It was big-league sticker shock. Mired in traffic, our region learned from state transportation planners that expanding the 405, 167, 520 and 509 corridors and undergrounding the Alaskan Way Viaduct could cost taxpayers as much as $30 billion. That’s $30 billion with a “B,” Read More ›

Tunnels suggested as I-5 fix

If you can't widen Interstate 5 through Seattle, or add another highway above it, why not dig down and put in an underground level or two? That's one of Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman's 15 ideas for improving the flow of people and goods between British Columbia and Oregon. Chapman was looking long range - well into the next century -- during a talk yesterday at a luncheon for national and Pacific Northwest transportation officials as well as members of Congress at the Edgewater Hotel.....Among the suggestions: Extending Sound Transit's commuter rail lines to Olympia and Bellingham; Developing a "Cascadia inland (transportation) corridor" from central British Columbia through Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon to California, taking the pressure off of I-5; Building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River; Replacing Seattle's "seismically challenged" Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. Chapman said later that the overpass is likely to come down in a strong earthquake. Budgets weren't discussed, but Chapman and his institute suggest tolls and a regional development bank to cover some of the costs. Read More ›