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President Nixon said: "If we can send three men to the moon 200,000 miles away, we should be able to move 200,000 people to work three miles away." (Richard Nixon, 1972)

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More congestion? It depends on who's talking Seattle Times, May 12, 2002 By Eric Pryne

In a report last July, transportation consultants John Niles, Jim McIsaac and Dick Nelson concluded that, even with 120 afternoon peak-hour buses back in the tunnel in 2010, the number of surface buses downtown during that hour would top 600

Skip light rail on fall ballot; Seattle PI, Sunday, May 12, 2002

There are three transportation decisions that Puget Sound voters need to make this November -- and one they need not make. The statewide funding proposal will be on the fall ballot, as will the Seattle monorail proposal. A regional funding package should join them. A proposal to give Sound Transit another $1 billion for light rail should not.

T-Ops: Use technology to combat congestion; Seattle Times, December 19, 2001; By John S. Niles Guest columnist

Most people are simply oblivious to the proven potential for technology improvement in the daily management of car, truck and bus traffic... sufficient political awareness to seriously consider and install these advances is lacking. The cost would be millions, not the billions we need for new freeway lanes and mass-transit systems. Technology does not replace the larger solutions, but it does provide some needed temporary relief.

Contributors to "No on 695" [List; Seattle PI (1999)]

Forces of nature tug at traffic Seattle Times, September 6, 1999, by Eric Sorensen

Each morning and evening, a handful of people sit in a windowless room in Shoreline and take on the task of moving as many cars and trucks as the local freeways can handle. Looking a lot like air traffic controllers, they sit at a bank of computer terminals showing the speed and volume of thousands of cars and trucks as they pass across thousands of pavement detectors between Everett and Auburn. Two dozen television screens throb with traffic in all its forms: hurtling, weaving, bolting, creeping, crawling, bumping, crashing and sometimes burning.

Remedies for road rage (Congestion Remedies) Seattle Times, Sunday, October 4, 1998; by David Brewster and Neil Peterson Special to The Seattle Times

... "Our region's congestion, as is obvious, has become among the worst in the country. According to a new Sierra Club report, the average Seattle-area driver spends 59 hours a year stuck in traffic, which is the sixth-worst figure in the nation and more than twice as bad as a dozen years ago.... To stimulate thought, here are ten preliminary planks in the platform.... "

Rickshaws on German Streets: A Trans- Portation Revolution? Nasser Nouri is set to save the environment, reduce Germany's high unemployment, and help Germany and China patch up relations in the process. The Frankfurt-based rug dealer plans to import more than 5,000 bicycle rickshaws from a Chinese manufacturer. A handful of rickshaws already ply the streets of a half dozen German cities catering largely to tourists and couples looking for unconventional ways to manifest their love, but Nouri believes the demand is much greater. Since early May, he and his son have presided over a fleet of 35 rickshaws in Frankfurt, offering half hour tours of Germany's financial capital. Frankfurt, though, is only the beginning. Nouri talks of soon having 3,500 pedalers in his employ throughout Germany. [Week in Germany, July 5, 1996]


Berk & Associates, Economic analysis for the intercity passenger rail program for Washington State 1998-2000 / prepared for the Washington State Department of Transportation by Berk & Associates in association with HDR Engineering, Inc, The Resource Group [Olympia?] : Washington State Dept. of Transportation, [1998] [Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HE2583 .E288 1998 1 volume (various pagings) : ill. ; 28 cm "September 1998." Bibliography Includes bibliographical references LC SUBJECTS: Railroads -- Passenger traffic -- Economic aspects -- Washington (State) - Pacific Northwest rail corridor]

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Lawless, P. and G.Dabinett, "Urban Regeneration and Transport Investment: A Research Agenda," Environment & Planning A, Vol.27, 1995, 1029-48.

Richards, Brian. Future Transport in Cities. Spon Press (Routledge), 2001.

Wheeler, James O., The Urban Circulation Noose. North Scituate, Mass.: Duxbury Press, 1974.

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