Transportation

Boeing sought lithium-ion battery advice of GM, Ford

Boeing’s supplier of lithium-ion batteries for its 787 Dreamliners tightened quality checks after the planemaker sought advice from other companies that use the… Continue reading

Block cellphones in vehicles, experts urge

Thousands of people die in car crashes each year because drivers were too distracted by their cellphones to pay attention to the road. A pair… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee to make weld on new state ferry

The Washington Transportation Department says Gov. Jay Inslee will make the first arc welds Friday at the keel laying for the new ferry… Continue reading

School buses stolen, turned into scrap

A 40-year veteran of the school bus business, Greg Bonnett had never heard of anything like this: Eight of his full-size, 40-foot-long yellow… Continue reading

Passenger train service resumes between Seattle, Everett

Passenger train service is up and running again north of Seattle, following two mudslides that hit the tracks last week. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says… Continue reading

Boeing, airline industry down-play recent 787 woes

Qatar Airways, one of the biggest customers for the Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner, said heightened scrutiny of the model after a plane caught fire at the… Continue reading

Complete official statements on FAA review of Boeing 787

Here are the official statements issued Friday related to the Federal Aviation Administration review of the Boeing Co. 787’s design and manufacturing. Federal Aviation Administration:WASHINGTON… Continue reading

U.S. auto sales end 2012 on strong note

Strong U.S. sales in December capped a remarkable year for the auto industry — especially Japanese brands — and 2013 should be even… Continue reading

Mudslide north of Mukilteo stops passenger service

A mudslide Thursday afternoon just north of Mukilteo has halted passenger train service until at least Saturday afternoon between Seattle and Everett. BNSF… Continue reading

Fire, small explosion reported aboard parked 787

A fire Monday aboard a Boeing Co. 787 parked in Boston prompted an investigation by aviation officials and was followed by a 2 percent drop… Continue reading

Vanity license plates a driving force for nonprofits

State lawmakers may bemoan a proliferation of specialty license plates but they continue to be a popular way for car owners to support… Continue reading

11 seriously hurt in N.Y. ferry crash (video)

NEW YORK — A high-speed ferry loaded with hundreds of commuters from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan on Wednesday during the… Continue reading

Mudslides again plague trains north of Seattle

Mudslides continue to plague passenger rail traffic north of Seattle. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says tracks between Seattle and Everett… Continue reading

Police find stolen airport luggage in Vancouver

Police who searched a Vancouver home say they’ve recovered six suitcases and numerous other items believed stolen from Portland International Airport since… Continue reading

Should state motorists pay by the mile to drive?

Facing steep declines in gas-tax revenues that pay for road repairs, Washington state is exploring a creative solution: charging drivers by the mile… Continue reading

Human error causes $3M in damage on state ferry

Washington State Ferries says human error is to blame for an electrical problem that destroyed a drive motor on the Walla Walla, knocking… Continue reading

FAA OKs Boeing plan to prove battery redesign

Federal regulators on Tuesday approved the Boeing Co.’s plan to redesign 787 lithium-ion batteries, the first step in returning the grounded Dreamliner jet to passenger… Continue reading

New cop cars in Mukilteo

Black-and-white cop cars are coming back in fashion. “It’s a thing,” as the kids are saying these days. So far, both the Mukilteo and Snohomish… Continue reading

TSA stands by plan to allow small knives on planes

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says the agency will allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a backlash against… Continue reading

State delays permit for Oregon coal dock

The state of Oregon wants more information before deciding whether to let a special dock be built at the Columbia River… Continue reading