TACOMA — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office says a 77-year-old woman who parked her pickup truck on train tracks in Puyallup Thursday killed herself.The News Tribune reported that the woman died after a northbound commuter train struck her vehicle.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest
The slide in oil prices over the last month will probably bring $2 gasoline back to filling stations across the United States later this year, AAA said Friday.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire
Automakers say they are building the best cars ever, and there's proof on the road. The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has climbed to a record 11.5 years, according to research firm IHS Automotive.The age continues to creep up even though new car sales are at near...
Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the...
WASHINGTON — The effort to reopen the Export-Import Bank, which has helped thousands of U.S. companies export their goods, lost significant ground as House lawmakers approved a short-term highway funding bill that did not include new authority for the bank.
WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
OLYMPIA — The state's gas tax will climb this week and by next summer will be the second-highest rate in the nation.It will rise 7 cents a gallon Saturday and another 4.9 cents July 1, 2016. The two-step increase will help pay for billions of dollars in improvements in...
Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — The Sound Transit board has decided the light-rail line from SeaTac to Federal Way should be built mostly along I-5.
Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest
RENO, Nev. — A Washington state truck driver caught with $500,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine while passing through White Pine County, Nevada in 2013 has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.They have no other choice.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire
The Herald Editorial Board's endorsements for the Aug. 4 primary conclude with city council races in Lake Stevens and Mukilteo. Voters' top two choices in the primary will move on to the Nov. 3 general election.For Lake Stevens City Council, Position No. 5,...
Date: 07/21/2015 | Editorials
BILLINGS, Mont. — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident’s cause.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — Jet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New York’s Kennedy Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that will handle the more than 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Off the Wire
Drug company ads on TV — ads European countries don't allow on television — are required to warn of possible dangerous side effects that could kill us. We'd be somewhat safer and more aware of urgent policy choices we face if rail, oil and gas companies were...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary
NEW YORK — Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. Current Model S...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire
CULBERTSON, Mont. — Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Seattle’s broken down tunnel boring machine is slated to start digging again by the end of November and should reach the north end of downtown in about a year, officials said Friday.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — After years of promises to find new cash for roads and transit systems, the House on Wednesday admitted failure once more, voting to use a hodgepodge of money to extend the current bill until just before Christmas.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World
The historic nuclear deal with Iran gives Boeing and Airbus Group a rare opportunity to reshape a civilian aviation industry.
Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire
If you covet the BMW i8 – and there’s every reason why a person would – its $136,650 price will be less of an issue than what kind of shape you’re in.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Cars and Me
BNSF treats employees' families to ride in vintage coaches
Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers have extended a sales tax break on electric vehicle purchases to 2019 with some changes.
Date: 07/13/2015 | Northwest
EDMONDS — The Edmonds fishing pier, one of city’s best known landmarks, draws thousands of visitors a year.
Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Parents may hesitate to hand teens the keys to the family car, but Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to get behind the wheel of big rigs on the nation’s interstates
Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World
Extra ferry sailings will be added on the Mukilteo-Clinton route to and from Whidbey Island to assist travelers while the Highway 20 Deception Pass bridges are closed for overnight paving.
Date: 07/10/2015 | Street Smarts
Wildlife WednesdaysSnohomish County Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Adopt A Stream Foundation to create July Wildlife Wednesdays. Each event is free and will showcase a film with a wildlife theme. To make a reservation (required), call...
Date: 07/10/2015 | Entertainment
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it’s drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.
Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire
MUKILTEO — The next step in construction of the new ferry terminal is now under way. Construction crews are beginning asbestos removal from the dilapidated tank farm pier as well as lights and other material from the top of the pier.
Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News
School breaks mean more kids are on the move. Often, solo flights become part of a family’s travel plans. Here are five tips to consider when putting your child on a plane:
Date: 07/04/2015 | Life
KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Local leaders are pleading with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, among others, for help ensuring Everett doesn’t get passed up for light rail in favor of places such as West Seattle and Ballard.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News
EDMONDS — A solution to the traffic bottleneck caused by the intersection of a state highway, a railroad crossing and the boarding lanes for the Edmonds-Kingston ferry has moved one step closer.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News
If you were in a focus group and the moderator asked what type of product you think "Dynamic Shield" is associated with, what would you say?
Date: 07/02/2015 | Cars and Me
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears...
Date: 07/01/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year state budget a few minutes before midnight Tuesday, ensuring no state agency is closed or state worker laid off when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News
SEATAC — A Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman says passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago were held on the plane for more than an hour after landing Monday night while a doctor assessed a sick passenger’s ailment.
Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest
Harman Hothi's camo Infiniti stands out on the street
Date: 06/30/2015 | Whats Up With That?
Granite Falls hoping to replace 81-year-old bridge
Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News
Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials
In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers could start voting as early as Monday night on a $16.1 billion transportation revenue package that includes an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that would be phased in over two years.
Date: 06/29/2015 | Northwest
There is no better place to be during the summer than the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Northwest Washington. The lure of the sunshine, water and mountains makes it an outdoor wonderland. Unfortunately, that lure can bring with it unfortunate consequences when people trespass on...
Date: 06/27/2015 | Commentary
SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown called an end Thursday to negotiations aimed at raising gas taxes to pay for highway and bridge construction, saying “there simply isn’t a path forward.”
Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The owner of Brien Ford in Everett has been named as the 2015-16 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association.Rock Peterson will head the association that aims to promote legislation that supports dealerships and eliminates regulation that...
Date: 06/25/2015 | Business
WASHINGTON — Auto parts giant Takata ignored deadly air-bag flaws and skipped global safety checks to save money in the years before the largest U.S. auto recall was launched, according to a congressional report cited during a hearing Tuesday into the defect that has left eight dead and more than...
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years.
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
GRANITE FALLS — The new Granite Falls Transportation Benefit District is holding a public hearing Wednesday evening to hear thoughts on a proposed $20 vehicle licensing fee.The hearing starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 206 S. Granite Ave.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News
The leader of the United Auto Workers said the union is looking at ways to reduce health-care costs at the three biggest U.S.-based automakers through a group that would include all of their hourly and salaried employees.
Date: 06/19/2015 | Business Wire
You probably won’t need to buy a smaller carry-on suitcase after all.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire
A state panel took the first step Tuesday to increase fares on Washington State Ferries this fall.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News
Well, we’re just about halfway through 2015 now. What better time to reflect on four outstanding German sedans I’ve driven in the past six months.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Cars and Me
OLYMPIA — Washington State Ferries officials are recommending a 2.5 percent fare increase for vehicles and a 1 percent fare increase for passengers in a continued effort to fully fund and employ the system.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Northwest
Those of us who've been around a bit can recall what the Snohomish County communities along the I-5 corridor looked like 15 to 35 years ago and how they've changed and grown since then. Our county...
Date: 06/17/2015 | Editorials
ISMAILIA, Egypt — Work on a parallel waterway to allow two-way traffic on Egypt’s Suez Canal will be finished in time to allow ships to transit for a gala inauguration ceremony at the key trade route on Aug. 6, officials said Saturday.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a new two-year transportation budget to keep state troopers on patrol, state ferries operating and help solve the problem of traffic back-ups on the Edmonds waterfront.
Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News
Some local legislators say that they remain optimistic about an end to the second special legislative session in Olympia. Many, however, say that they won’t know much until leaders finish negotiating.
Date: 06/11/2015 | South County Politics
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming.Using its authority under The Clean Air...
Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire
The Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District Board will meet Wednesday to discuss possible ways to pay for transportation improvements.
Date: 06/10/2015 | South County Politics
PULLMAN — The state Department of Transportation hasn’t received any interest in using the rail line from Colfax to Pullman, indicating there may no longer be any need for it.Agency rail manager Chris Herman says no one has expressed an interest in using the line for the past six years.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — King County Metro Transit got rid of its automated safety messages because they annoyed too many bus passengers.The Seattle Times reported that the agency apologized to its 400,000 customers in a blog post online and stated that the automated messages were to be removed by Monday.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Klein Honda owner Steve Klein was named the Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year in May at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association annual convention.
Date: 06/08/2015 | Business
It’s not every day a Washington State Ferry vessel squeezes through Seattle’s Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
Date: 06/07/2015 | Street Smarts
Oil has been Alaska’s lifeline. The collapse of crude prices could change everything.
Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The only road available for hauling supplies to Alaska's North Slope oil fields has reopened following unprecedented flooding that intermittently closed portions of it for more than two months.Traffic began moving Friday on the Dalton Highway, state...
Date: 06/06/2015 | Business Wire
Couple serve as docents for restored trolley at Heritage Park
Date: 06/05/2015 | Local News
HAVANA - As U.S.-Cuban relations emerge from a deep freeze, U.S. port cities desiring to become gateways to the island are jostling for advantage.Leading the pack is Tampa, Florida, home to the second-largest Cuban-American population in the U.S. But port cities like New...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
TECH students are working to develop cleaner diesel exhaust
Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News
DETROIT — Honda will gain market share, Nissan and the Korean automakers could slip, and the rest, including the Detroit Three (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), should hold their own over the next four years, according to the most recent edition of the influential Car Wars...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
LYNNWOOD — This is a big year for Lynnwood.Coming soon, the community of 36,000 will see its first large-scale construction crane and get its first roundabout. A trail from the heart of Lynnwood stretching to the Puget Sound waterfront is on the drawing table.
Date: 06/03/2015 | Local News
Community Transit is moving forward with improvements to public transportation in Snohomish County, including a plan to add a second rapid-transit bus route from Bothell to Paine Field as soon as 2018.It also will
Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News
In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, Amazon.com is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas.
Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are ready to help the city of Edmonds curb the frequent traffic back-ups on the waterfront caused by all the trains traveling through town.
Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News
BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway Co. says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network.The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.”
Date: 05/27/2015 | Business Wire
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — An old wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota’s northern border burned and collapsed early Wednesday, shutting a busy train route that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago.
Date: 05/27/2015 | Nation & World
The news last week that the state could expect about $415 million more in revenue than was initially projected should have brought the Legislature, divided over the next two year budget, closer to a deal.While it may have closed some of the $1 billion gap between what House...
Date: 05/27/2015 | Editorials
High heels aren’t the preferred footwear for putting the pedal to the metal, but they do work well in a logo for an all-women’s automotive event.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Cars and Me
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is pulling its institutional support for an on-board solar panel vehicle program that they say is losing industry interest.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Some San Juan County residents have expressed frustration by the Washington State Ferries reservation system to manage congestion on vessels between Anacortes and the San Juan islands — a popular tourist destination.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
In the public eye, the disaster on the rails last week in Philadelphia was not only tragic but also shocking. As a crowded Amtrak train approached a bend in the track, it was barreling along at more than 100 miles an hour — twice the mandated speed for that section. The resulting...
Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
LOS ANGELES — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World
The image of Congress kicking the can down the road again comes to mind, except this time lawmakers are running out of good road.Earlier this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-month extension of the federal Highway Trust Fund. With the trust fund set to...
Date: 05/22/2015 | Editorials
PHILADELPHIA — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials...
Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World
ANACORTES — The Washington Department of Transportation launched a new 144-car ferry at its Anacortes ferry terminal Wednesday.
Date: 05/20/2015 | Northwest
Motorcycle sales for the first quarter were up 8.2 percent, according to the industry trade group Motorcycle Industry Council.That number reflects sales data from 20 leading brands and covers sales of road bikes, off-road bikes, dual sport bikes and scooters.
Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire
A month ago, I prefaced a swooning review of the 2015 Volvo V6 wagon with a mention of Volvo’s unfortunate inability to make major headway in the U.S. luxury car...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Cars and Me
PHILADELPHIA — Federal officials announced Saturday that Amtrak must immediately expand its use of a speed restriction system on Philadelphia's northbound rails where a speeding train reached 106 mph, flew off the tracks and crashed, killing eight people.The Federal...
Date: 05/16/2015 | Nation & World
Leaders of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidies.
Date: 05/16/2015 | Business Wire
PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation’s busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident.
Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World
PHILADELPHIA - The Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday sped up from 70 mph to more than 100 mph about a minute before derailing at a curve, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.There was no explanation for that acceleration, but the train's engineer has...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News
Traffic at Bellingham International Airport dropped for the first time in more than a decade last year and could fall even further this summer. An airport consultant expects a 35 percent year-over-year decline in traffic this June.In 2012 and 2013, the Bellingham...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Business
Dear Legislature:It's been a couple of weeks since you went into your special session, and, well, you're halfway through and we haven't heard much. Just wondering: How's it going?Don't misunderstand us; we know there's a lot to resolve and you've got that...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Editorials
BELLINGHAM — A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman says a man hit by a freight train in Bellingham has died.
Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Howarth Park pedestrian bridge, one of the last public beach access points in Everett, will be closed Thursday for emergency repairs.The bridge work will take five or six months to complete. Because the bridge and beach were scheduled to be closed in the...
Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News
Noble Discoverer moors in Everett before journey to Arctic
Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News
BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years.
Date: 05/12/2015 | Northwest
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant — its first in the U.S. — in South Carolina and eventually employ up to 4,000 people there, the company announced Monday.
Date: 05/12/2015 | Business Wire