The phrase,'Unsound Transit', was coined by the Wall Street Journal to describe Seattle where,"Light Rail Madness eats billions that could otherwise be devoted to truly efficient transportation technologies." The Puget Sound's traffic congestion is a growing cancer on the region's prosperity. This website, captures news and expert opinion about ways to address the crisis. This is not a blog, but a knowledge base, which collects the best articles and presents them in a searchable format. My goal is to arm residents with knowledge so they can champion fact-based, rather than emotional, solutions.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

WS DOT's FAQ on I 405 Congestion Relief and BRT projects

I-405 Congestion Relief and Bus Rapid Transit Projects- Project FAQs

I-405 Corridor Program Benfits



I-405 Frequently Asked Questions

Why does I-405 need to be improved in the first place?

What is the Master Plan for I-405?

What are the benefits of the Master Plan?

How long will it take to complete the Master Plan?

How much will it cost to fix I-405?

What are the Nickel Improvement Projects?

Three projects on I-405 are funded by a five-cent increase in the state gas tax approved by the Legislature in 2003. These have budgets totaling $485 million and are located in Kirkland, Bellevue and Renton/Tukwila. The three Nickel Projects will add a total of 19.5 new lane miles on the mainline freeway, ramps and local roads. Here are brief descriptions of each:

Ending the Kirkland Crawl

Unclogging Renton to Tukwila

How much new capacity is being added with these Nickel Projects?

The Nickel Projects will add 18 new lane miles of roadway on the mainline freeway, one new lane mile of ramps and one-half mile of new local roadway, for a total of 19.5 new lane miles.

How much new capacity is being added with these 2005 gas tax projects?

The TPA (2005 gas tax projects) added 15.3 new lane miles of roadway on the mainline freeway, six new lane miles of ramps and two miles of new local roadway, for a total of 23.3 new lane miles.

On time and within budget

Are I-405 projects on time? On budget?

A multimodal program

Isn’t I-405 just a big roads project?

No. The I-405 Program provides a variety number of improvements that benefit users of carpools, vanpools and transit in addition to single-occupant vehicles and freight users. For example:

What is BRT? Environmental improvements

What are the environmental aspects of the I-405 Project?

What environmental process has the I-405 Project followed?

Coping during construction

What can I expect during construction?

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