Arizona Republic Published 8:43 AM EST Dec 20, 2018 A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history. ADOT has tweeted five photos from freeway cameras aimed at the night sky — apparently to aim attention at some unusual sightings, like red lights and gas clouds. Phoenix Suns defeat Boston Celtics 111-103, getting first four-game win streak in almost four years during the five-game road trip. A state lawmaker wants to send teachers a message: If they bring politics into the classroom, they're risking their jobs. The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that the team has hired Joe Garagiola Jr. as Special Advisor to Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall. Hungry for something new? A pair of neighborhood pizza joints in Avondale and Laveen and a slick sushi lounge in central Phoenix round out December's edition of Eat Here First. ICYMI: Justin James Rector pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of an … [Read more...] about AZ Memo: What is the future of the light rail?
Seattle light rail
Anne Fennessy, part of the political team to rescue beleaguered Sound Transit back in the early 2000s, has been hired by Mayor Jenny Durkan in a four-year $720,000 consulting contract to represent Seattle, as local politicians hash out the multibillion dollar light-rail alignment for future Ballard, downtown and West Seattle corridors. Fennessy will work under a sole-source, no-bid agreement signed with the mayor’s office. Four other candidates, all local, were interviewed, a mayor’s spokesman said. Durkan and Fennessy have known each other since the 1990s when both worked for then-Gov. Mike Lowry. Fennessy is married to David Moseley, one of Durkan’s deputy mayors and the former head of Washington State Ferries. At present, the city and giant agency are slogging through a five-step process to decide where to put train tracks through neighborhoods in the ST3 plan voters passed two years ago. The Seattle corridors, estimated at $6 billion in 2014 dollars, include a … [Read more...] about Durkan grants longtime associate a $720,000 no-bid contract to steer Seattle’s light-rail planning
Sound Transit has secured a long sought-after agreement with the Trump administration for $1.2 billion in federal money for the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line. The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still must undergo a 30-day congressional review period, but it is highly likely that it will be finalized next month. Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, who previously ran the FTA for five years during the Obama administration, said that in nearly 30 years of monitoring such grants, he’s only once seen an agreement sent to Congress and not get signed. Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around. It is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., NHL Seattle, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, Sabey Corp., Seattle … [Read more...] about Feds agree to $1.2 billion in funding for Sound Transit’s Lynnwood light-rail line
Even before the light-rail station opened at Husky Stadium in 2016, Cory Crocker worried about the distance passengers would have to walk between the bus stops and the trains. Bus riders get off on Northeast Pacific Street and then cross busy Montlake Boulevard or take a four-minute walk on a pedestrian overpass before descending 90 feet to the station platform. Crocker wanted better transit access when a new light-rail station opens in 2021 in the University District, where he has lived for nearly 30 years. Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around. It is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., NHL Seattle, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, Sabey Corp., Seattle Children’s hospital and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Seattle Times editors and reporters operate … [Read more...] about With light rail coming in 2021, U District is planning for more people moving around the neighborhood
Sound Transit’s northbound trains have been abruptly slowing to almost a walking pace at the south end of Seattle after inspectors noticed cracks in the 9-year-old rails there. Southbound trains continue to go a normal speed near 30 mph, where the trackway bends from Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and continues over I-5 and a freight-rail yard into Tukwila. But northbound, train operators have been under a 10 mph slow order since Sept. 20, the agency said. The 5-mile segment between Rainier Beach Station and Tukwila International Boulevard Station will be shut down completely on Saturday for track repairs. On Friday after 9 p.m. and all day Sunday, trains will alternate on a single track in that area, said agency spokeswoman Kimberly Reason. Buses will be provided Saturday and labeled Route 97, to ferry people between those two stations during the two-way closure, she said. The Sunday single-tracking will add minor delays, and 10 mph travel both ways, which will affect some … [Read more...] about Cracks in light-rail tracks slow trains in South Seattle; expect closures for repairs over weekend