Transportation http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/poll-finds-idahoans-would-consider-higher-taxes-if-it-means-better-roads <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070814JR_Salant_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A new poll finds Idahoans might not be so tax-averse when it comes to funding improvements to the state's roads and bridges. About 54 percent say the economic benefit is a compelling reason to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48469 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads Tough Task Pulling Boeing 737 Fuselages From Montana River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tough-task-pulling-boeing-737-fuselages-montana-river <p>A Montana Rail Link spokeswoman says it took about 12 hours to remove the first of three commercial airplane bodies that fell into the Clark Fork River after a train derailed.</p><p>Spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Monday that specialized machines are pulling the 20-ton fuselages attached to 50-ton flatbed cars from the embankment one at a time at a rate of 20 feet per hour.</p><p>Frost says the most difficult fuselage to retrieve was removed safely Sunday. Crews are working on the second fuselage Monday and plan to remove the third by Tuesday.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:15:47 +0000 Associated Press 48359 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tough Task Pulling Boeing 737 Fuselages From Montana River Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-warn-states-possible-highway-cash-holdback <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314TB_DOTfund_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Idaho Transportation Department has suspended advertising for bids for future highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same.<p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48228 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback Don't Expect Much Happiness In The Pursuit Of Cheap Gas This Weekend http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dont-expect-much-happiness-pursuit-cheap-gas-weekend <a href="/failed%20Akamai" class="asset-audio"></a><p>According to AAA, Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48221 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Don't Expect Much Happiness In The Pursuit Of Cheap Gas This Weekend Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-interstate-speed-limits-wont-increase-july-1 <p></p><p>The Idaho Department of Transportation is delaying increased interstate speed limits that were originally scheduled to take effect July 1 as it looks over public comments.</p><p>Sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 were supposed to see speed limits increased to 80 miles per hour.</p><p>The department has finished a review of increasing speed limits and will present its findings in mid-July.</p><p>ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter says holding off on the increases will "allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47858 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/deltas-new-seattle-hub-could-lead-lower-airfares <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614TB_DeltaHub_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are <a href="http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=122465">long-term contractual allies</a>. But now the relationship is being tested.<p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47227 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/despite-confidentiality-concerns-bnsf-will-report-oil-shipments-states <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060614AJ_OilTrains_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>BNSF Railway said Friday it will comply with Saturday's federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.<p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 46681 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States No Reprieve: Boise's Buffered Bike Lanes Will Disappear http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/no-reprieve-boises-buffered-bike-lanes-will-disappear <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This post was updated June 6 at 4:00 p.m.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The temporary bike lanes in downtown Boise are going away. &nbsp;That's according to the <em>Boise Weekly</em>. &nbsp;The Ada County Highway District met again this afternoon to reconsider a Wednesday vote that killed the bike lane project.</span></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ACHD commissioners decided against reconsidering the motion, despite Maryanne Jordan's testimony asking to keep bike lanes in place longer.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 46534 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org No Reprieve: Boise's Buffered Bike Lanes Will Disappear Fan Of Boise's Greenbelt? Survey Says You Probably Have A College Degree http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fan-boises-greenbelt-survey-says-you-probably-have-college-degree <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the people who use the Boise Greenbelt have a college degree. And last year, more people used it on weekdays. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those are two big conclusions from two years’ worth of </span><a href="http://sspa.boisestate.edu/publications/files/2013/12/Urban-Research_May-2014_final.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">surveys</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on the 45-year-old trail system.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:38:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 46238 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fan Of Boise's Greenbelt? Survey Says You Probably Have A College Degree Stopped By A Trooper? Don't Reach For Your Registration http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/stopped-trooper-dont-reach-your-registration <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/052814AJ_TrooperPSA_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>With the summer driving season fast approaching, the Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.<p> Wed, 28 May 2014 23:16:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 46133 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Stopped By A Trooper? Don't Reach For Your Registration Survey: A Majority Of Respondents Don't Like Boise's New Bike Lanes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/survey-majority-respondents-dont-boises-new-bike-lanes <p>The results are neck-and-neck, but a slim majority of people who've responded to an Ada County Highway District survey want downtown Boise's temporary bike lanes gone. &nbsp;</p><p>Those commuting downtown either love or hate the new lanes on&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capitol, Main, and Idaho streets in Boise. Since</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Ada County Highway District started the pilot project earlier in May, they’ve been collecting feedback from bikers and drivers. </span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:38:14 +0000 Samantha Wright 45553 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Survey: A Majority Of Respondents Don't Like Boise's New Bike Lanes Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/partial-derailment-empire-builder-sends-one-hospital <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042814JR_Train_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle "partially derailed" in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.<p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:03:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 44327 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital Boise National Forest Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Snow-Covered Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-national-forest-officials-ask-drivers-stay-snow-covered-roads <p>Boise National Forest officials are warning drivers to stay off snow-covered forest roads.</p><p>Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson says drivers are finding lower elevations are clear, until they start climbing higher into the forest.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:37:58 +0000 Samantha Wright 43271 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise National Forest Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Snow-Covered Roads Pullman-Moscow Airport Considers $66 Million Improvement Project http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/pullman-moscow-airport-considers-66-million-improvement-project <p>Officials say the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport needs improvements to keep up with more demand and bigger aircraft.</p><p>Airport Executive Director Tony Bean says the airport has fallen behind the times due to aircraft increasing in size.</p><p>Bean says there isn't the space and capacity to land current-size aircraft safely, and as the trend doesn't seem likely to change, the problem will only worsen.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:34:52 +0000 Associated Press 43054 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/megaloads-opponents-seek-more-public-input <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/040414CL_megaloads_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.<p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:11:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 42968 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/incredible-post-avalanche-photo-shows-what-it-will-take-clear-idahos-highway-21 <p></p><p>Underneath all that snow, ice, and tree debris is Idaho's Highway 21. Somewhere. This dramatic image from the Idaho Department of Transportation shows just how much work is ahead for road crews in clearing off a 12-mile section of the scenic road south of Stanley. That orange dot near the middle of the image is an ITD crew member.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:15:11 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41591 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/passengers-wait-hours-empire-builder-americas-least-reliable-train <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030614JR_WorstTrain_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.<p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:04:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41284 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-stoplights-hate-idaho-fog-and-why-you-might-hate-stoplights <p></p><p>Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike Boydstun, the Ada County Highway Department’s traffic operations engineer, estimates between 30 and 60 people called the department to report problems between 7 and 9 a.m.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Scott Graf 40022 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) Idaho Republican Wants To Shift Slice Of Sales Tax To Fund Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-republican-wants-shift-slice-sales-tax-fund-roads <p></p><p>A Republican lawmaker proposes digging into Idaho's sales tax revenue to fund highway and bridge projects.</p><p>Rep. Joe Palmer, House Transportation Committee chairman, pitched the idea Monday.</p><p>Typically, Idaho pays for roads from fees assessed on gas or vehicle registrations.</p><p>Palmer's measure would depart that tradition, but only after Idaho's revenue reaches certain thresholds.</p><p>Once general fund income hits $2.91 billion and education funding exceeds $1.4 billion — both pre-recession records — he'd begin taking a slice of the growing sales tax for roads.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Associated Press 39968 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Republican Wants To Shift Slice Of Sales Tax To Fund Roads Highway 21, Idaho's 'Avalanche Alley' Closes Due To Slide Danger http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/highway-21-idahos-avalanche-alley-closes-due-slide-danger <p>“Avalanche Alley” will close at 6:00 p.m. Friday as a safety precaution. That’s the 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) reports the area received eight inches of snow Friday morning and more snowfall is expected Friday night and Saturday.</p><p>The area averages more than 250 inches of snow which brings 45-50 slides each year. About 90 percent of avalanches that affect Idaho highways happen on "Avalanche Alley."</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:41:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 39810 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Highway 21, Idaho's 'Avalanche Alley' Closes Due To Slide Danger