Crews painting cables will close a lane this
week on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge. OK, it’s not that new
anymore, but it seems like it. It opened more than two years ago,
on July 16, 2007. And bridges are as bad as ships. You never get
through painting before you have to start over
Anyway, drivers can expect the HOV lane to be
closed from from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday,
unless it rains. Looking at the forecast, they might not get any
painting done before Saturday.
There will be three new advertising campaigns on
Central Sound ferry routes during October
Hawaii Tourism will advertise on the
Seattle-Bainbridge route with morning coffee sampling and afternoon
entertainment. Keurig Coffee will advertise on both the
Seattle-Bremerton and Seattle-Bainbridge routes with coffee
samplings. And the Economist will advertise on the ferry Wenatchee
and at the Bainbridge terminal.
The Jefferson County Historical Society wants the state’s next
new ferry to be named the Chetzemoka, according to a
letter in today’s Port Townsend Leader. The ferry, which is
being built at Todd Pacific Shipyards, will be assigned to the Port
Townsend-Keystone route next summer.
Chief Chetzemoka of the S’Klallam tribe was an important person
in the early history of the area. The name was used on a ferry that
served the Port Townsend-Edmonds route from 1938 to 1947 and
elsewhere in the Puget Sound until 1973, according to the
The letter asks people to support the name by writing or
e-mailing Reema Griffith, executive director of the Washington
State Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA
98504-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Associated Press story came across saying that deadly crashes
on Washington roads are at their lowest level in more than 50
Preliminary statistics from the state’s Traffic Safety Commission
show 522 traffic-related deaths last year. That’s the lowest since
1955, when 461 people died in crashes.
That’s when I was born, which is a long, long time ago. It’s
pretty amazing considering how much more traffic there is
State Patrol Chief John Batiste says strict enforcement of seat
belt laws appears to be paying off. Washington’s seat belt use rate
is 96.5 percent, third-highest in the nation.
I think divided highways also make a big difference. I remember
when Highway 16 wasn’t divided and had a bunch of crossings and
there were always serious wrecks.
Ed told me to raid his blog more often. I obliged.
What, you ask, does this video of the new Ferrari 458 Italia
have to do with your commute? Nothing. Again, sorry. Nothing. Well,
it IS a car. And some of you commute by car. There, it all makes
But we all need a Friday evening diversion, right? Yes, I did
the whole enviro/wallet-friendly hypermiling exercise. But I really
like cars. Fast cars. Non enviro/wallet-friendly cars. Someday I’ll
still never have owned one of these. But hey, at least when you
don’t own a Ferrari, you can afford the insurance.
No, they sure don’t make cars like they used to. In a few
respects, we can be thankful for that. What does this have to do
with your commute? Hopefully, nothing. But I thought it was a cool
video. I haven’t posted on this blog in ages (since the hypermiling
thing, really.) but I thought this was too cool not to share. The
IIHS showed posted this video that pretty clearly illustrates the
difference between new cars and old cars. It’s a 1959 Chevrolet Bel
Air versus a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.
There was a bunch of stuff I wanted to get in the story that ran
in today’s paper about Tuesday’s Kitsap Transit board meeting, but
there just wasn’t room for it. So here you have it.
There seems to be some misunderstanding or misinformation out
there about what exactly would be cut. Several people have
expressed concern about losing service, only to find out they
won’t. Particularly Access service.
Access changes are “really minor and don’t affect 99 percent of
the riders,” said executive director Dick Hayes. A lot of questions
were raised Tuesday, he said, “most of which we have excellent
Outlying areas from which ridership is moderately good might go
from three trips per two per day, he said. And places like Lofall,
where’s there’s nearly no ridership, could be knocked back to
service three days a week.
“We’re not proposing to cut everything out, but some people were
told we were cutting everything out,” Hayes said.
There is only one route that would be completely cut and not at
least partially picked up by another bus. That would be the No. 23
Kariotis route that goes down Sylvan to Pine, drops into Tracyton
and back to McWilliams and John Carlson roads. It carries a modest
11 passengers per hour, but runs just every other hour. Riders
claim there are a lot more people on the hill that could be picked
up, especially with many former Westpark residents moving there.
That’s one that the board will probably be taking a good look
Suzanne Chinick, a bus driver and union steward, presented
petitions with about 2,000 signatures to the board that urge it not
to cut service. They were gathered at the county fair and a couple
Although it’s been available on a limited basis since last
spring, the ORCA card will be introduced with a “Big Splash” event
Tuesday in Seattle. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at the southern end of
Amtrak’s Holgate Street yard.
ORCA stands for One Regional Card for All. The limited rollout
period for the new electronic fare system has ended, and partner
agencies will be phasing out their other transit passes and
launching a major promotional campaign. There are seven partner
agencies, including Kitsap Transit and Washington State
ORCA will replace about 300 various passes, tickets and
transfers with a single card that works by tapping it on a reader
Over the past four months, more riders have been added to the
system so that there are now more than 100,000 cards in
Tomorrow, and Wednesday, representatives from Washington State
Ferries and the King County Ferry District will be on board the
4:45 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. sailings out of Seattle’s Pier 50 to talk
with and hand out information to customers regarding service and
fare changes resulting from the county taking over the ferry route
from the state on Sept. 28.
There will be a smaller (149 passengers vs. 250), faster
(22-minute crossing vs. 30) , newer, nicer boat in the Melissa Ann,
which once sailed between Bremerton and Seattle.
Ticket prices will go up from $8.70 per round trip to $4.50 each
way. Seniors get 50 percent off and youths 20 percent with a
Well, not quite everybody. And this is not quite breaking news,
either, but a combination of lousy weather, lousy economy and lousy
school schedule led to a decline in cars on the road over the Labor
According to the DOT, 9 percent fewer vehicles crossed
Snoqualmie Pass, 22 percent less went over Stevens Pass and traffic
was down 6 percent on I-5 between Olympia and Chehalis. Of the four
places the DOT keeps an eye one during holidays, only I-5 from
Bellingham to Canada had an increase (2 percent) over last
There were three highway fatalities, according to the State