Transportation

Polling
4:40 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads

A road in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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.

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Train Derailment
9:15 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Tough Task Pulling Boeing 737 Fuselages From Montana River

Three Boeing 737 fuselages landed in the Clark Fork River west of Missoula after a train derailed.
Credit Kagan Yochim @TripwithKagan / Twitter

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.

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.

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.

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Transportation
7:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback

File photo of construction along I-90 near Roslyn, Washington, in summer 2012.

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:54 pm

The Idaho Transportation Department has suspended advertising for bids for future highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same.

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Economy
4:02 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Don't Expect Much Happiness In The Pursuit Of Cheap Gas This Weekend

According to AAA, Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years.

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Transportation
12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1

This is a portion of I-15, which runs through part of Idaho.
Credit Garrett / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

Sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 were supposed to see speed limits increased to 80 miles per hour.

The department has finished a review of increasing speed limits and will present its findings in mid-July.

ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter says holding off on the increases will "allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety.”

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Economy
9:48 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.

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Transportation
5:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

File photo of a BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil

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.

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Transportation
11:45 am
Fri June 6, 2014

No Reprieve: Boise's Buffered Bike Lanes Will Disappear

Credit Ada County Highway District

This post was updated June 6 at 4:00 p.m.

The temporary bike lanes in downtown Boise are going away.  That's according to the Boise Weekly.  The Ada County Highway District met again this afternoon to reconsider a Wednesday vote that killed the bike lane project.

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Recreation
6:38 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Fan Of Boise's Greenbelt? Survey Says You Probably Have A College Degree

Hundreds of people use the Boise Greenbelt everyday. Surveys found there's no average user of the trail system.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Most of the people who use the Boise Greenbelt have a college degree. And last year, more people used it on weekdays. Those are two big conclusions from two years’ worth of surveys on the 45-year-old trail system.

Jaap Vos is director of the Community and Regional Planning Program at Boise State University. BSU has done surveys on the Greenbelt two years in 2012 and 2013.

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Safety
5:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Stopped By A Trooper? Don't Reach For Your Registration

File photo of a new Washington State Patrol cruiser

With the summer driving season fast approaching, the Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.

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Transportation
3:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Survey: A Majority Of Respondents Don't Like Boise's New Bike Lanes

Credit Ada County Highway District

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.  

Those commuting downtown either love or hate the new lanes on Capitol, Main, and Idaho streets in Boise. Since the Ada County Highway District started the pilot project earlier in May, they’ve been collecting feedback from bikers and drivers.

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Transportation
7:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital

File photo of Amtrak's Empire Builder in eastern Minnesota.

An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle "partially derailed" in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

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Recreation
1:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Boise National Forest Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Snow-Covered Roads

Boise National Forest
Credit Jeff Myers / Flickr

Boise National Forest officials are warning drivers to stay off snow-covered forest roads.

Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson says drivers are finding lower elevations are clear, until they start climbing higher into the forest.

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Economy
9:34 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Pullman-Moscow Airport Considers $66 Million Improvement Project

Officials say the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport needs improvements to keep up with more demand and bigger aircraft.

Airport Executive Director Tony Bean says the airport has fallen behind the times due to aircraft increasing in size.

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.

Transportation
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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Avalanche
3:15 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21

The Idaho Dept. of Transportation took this photo March 11, 2014. You can see an ITD employee in orange standing in the middle of the frame, on what should be the road.
Credit Credit Courtesy Idaho Department of Transportation

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.

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Transportation
7:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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Who Knew?
1:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights)

Treasure Valley drivers made their way to work Monday morning in dense fog. This photo was taken on Amity in SE Boise.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights. 

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.

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Idaho Legislature
2:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Idaho Republican Wants To Shift Slice Of Sales Tax To Fund Roads

A view from U.S. 20 in central Idaho.
Credit TelstarLogistics / Flickr Creative Commons

A Republican lawmaker proposes digging into Idaho's sales tax revenue to fund highway and bridge projects.

Rep. Joe Palmer, House Transportation Committee chairman, pitched the idea Monday.

Typically, Idaho pays for roads from fees assessed on gas or vehicle registrations.

Palmer's measure would depart that tradition, but only after Idaho's revenue reaches certain thresholds.

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.

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Weather
11:41 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Highway 21, Idaho's 'Avalanche Alley' Closes Due To Slide Danger

Here's a look at Idaho 21 between I-84 and Robie Creek Road Friday morning from the ITD webcam.
Credit Idaho Transportation Department

“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.  

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) reports the area received eight inches of snow Friday morning and more snowfall is expected Friday night and Saturday.

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."

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