June 8, 1994 |
Jay Costa points to a corner of his cubicle. "I used to have two huge cabinets, four drawers each," he says. "Now I just have this one little white one." The cabinets--crammed with paperwork essential to managing bus building contracts for Costa's employer, the King County Department of Metropolitan Services in Seattle--and four others that occupied his boss's office once formed an information traffic jam.
June 3, 1991 |
It is the state's No. 1 tourist attraction and a vital highway link for 33,000 commuters a day--but the fanciful ferry boats of Washington are rolling under the crush-weight of their popularity. One hour? Three hours? Five hours? Those are the unpleasant waits that some visitors will have to endure this summer just to drive onto a ferry for a 20-minute, seven-mile crossing of Puget Sound and for the longer journey to the San Juan Islands northwest of Seattle.
December 6, 1990 |
The sinking of a landmark floating bridge served as a costly and unsettling reminder that the ever-proud, water-loving city of Seattle exists at the end of a thin and perilous ribbon of transportation. The Thanksgiving weekend loss of great chunks of the 1.5-mile-long Mercer Island Floating Bridge also delivered an embarrassing black eye.
December 11, 2000 |
Not long ago I tried to exercise my civic responsibility by leaving my car at home and taking the bus from suburbia to the Times building in downtown Los Angeles. But I eventually gave it up, primarily because I hated standing on a street corner waiting for a late bus while I could have been doing something constructive, like drinking another cup of coffee. Now, high tech--with a little help from low tech--may be coming to the rescue.
November 13, 1997 |
Dick Falkenbury wasn't alone when sitting up in the driver's seat of his big tour bus, cursing the long lines of traffic. Seattle hates traffic--hates it, most surveys show, worse than every other urban ill combined. Falkenbury, in the 45-minute drive from the airport to the hotel on the other end of his route, had plenty of time to mull it over. And when he did, he came up with a monorail.