More than 30,000 students, elderly and disabled citizens in over a dozen municipalities in Nuevo León state can now receive up to 300 Mexican pesos ($15.57) on the state government’s dime each month to pay for public transportation.
(Photo by Itzel Hervert, GPJ Mexico.)

Mexican program offers bus money for public service

High school students, older residents and the disabled can exchange four hours of service a month for bus rides in some Nuevo León cities.
Oct 5, 2016
A passenger boards a King Country Metro bus in 2014, at a stop adorned with an image of Jimi Hendrix. (Photo by King County via Flickr.)

Interactive graphics reveal commuter challenges in King County

The Seattle Globalist and KBCS look at King County Metro by region and by route to see if all areas are getting an equitable share of service.
Aug 15, 2016
A driver displays sample passport cards and Washington state enhanced IDs, which are acceptable at the 'Ready Lane' at the border crossing between Washington and British Columbia. (Photo by U.S. Embassy in Canada, via Flickr.)

Feds set 2018 deadline for REAL ID at airport security

Proof of citizenship or U.S. residency isn't required for a standard Washington driver's license. The airport security rules will be enforced in 2018.
Jan 11, 2016
Taxi drivers Getachew Mersha (left) and Dawit Tesfaye lead a group of drivers and community members on their way to deliver a petition to Mayor Ed Murray's Office requesting rideshare drivers be allowed to unionize. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers rally for better wages

Uber and Lyft drivers are keeping up the pressure on Seattle elected officials to allow union representation for ride-share services.
Nov 18, 2015
A driver displays sample passport cards and Washington state enhanced IDs, which are acceptable at the 'Ready Lane' at the border crossing between Washington and British Columbia. (Photo by U.S. Embassy in Canada, via Flickr.)

Feds say WA drivers licenses won’t be good enough for airport security

U.S. residency or citizenship isn't required for standard Washington drivers licenses, meaning they soon won't be accepted at airports or federal buildings.
Oct 29, 2015
Students in the North Seattle College International Program were involved in a fatal crash on the Aurora Bridge Thursday morning. (Photo via Seattle Fire Department Twitter.)

North Seattle International Students in fatal bus crash

Four North Seattle College students who were part of an International Student orientation were killed in a collision Thursday morning.
Sep 24, 2015
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South Seattle transportation plan sparks hope and skepticism

South Seattle residents weigh pros and cons of the city's new "road diet" transportation plan for high-fatality Rainier Avenue.
Aug 4, 2015
discount ORCA card Don't miss the bus just because you can't afford rising fares. (Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives)

Can’t hack fare hikes? Metro now offers a discount ORCA card

Bus fares are going up again March 1st, but low-income riders may qualify for a new discount ORCA card program.
Feb 24, 2015
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School bus cuts continue, despite southend shooting incident

An attempted kidnapping of students who’d been booted off their bus didn’t stop the Seattle School District from approving a new round of route cuts.
Jan 8, 2015
(Photo from Flickr by Alan Cleaver)

Ten tips for foreign drivers in Seattle

Seattle’s notoriously polite driving culture can pose a real challenge for drivers from other countries. Here are some tips to help.
Jul 31, 2014
Maija Riekstins leads choir practice at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Seattle. (Photo by Walker Orenstein)

The little Latvian church that survived light rail expansion

What happens when you mess with Seattle's Latvian community?
Jun 23, 2014
The author, Sanda Htyte, with her mustached-Lyft car. (Photo courtesy of Sanda Htyte)

New Lyft driver sees potential in spite of rideshare caps

Seattle is now the first city in the nation to place driver limits on rideshares. A new Lyft driver weighs in on her experience with the company.
Mar 18, 2014
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Metro’s last-ditch effort to save bus routes

Think your bus route is a pain? Try having no bus at all. Proposition 1 offers a last-ditch effort to save Metro bus routes, a threat to the livelihoods of low-income communities of color traveling from South Seattle.
Mar 14, 2014
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Immigrant drivers switch sides in the taxi vs ride-share debate

Has the explosion of new ride-share services in Seattle hurt immigrant taxi operators? It depends on who they’re driving for.
Oct 30, 2013
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Metro’s new foreign language plan off to a bumpy start

An ambitious plan to help non-English speaking residents better access bus services has already been tarnished by translation mistakes on Summer schedules.
Jul 29, 2013
Public transportation in South Waziristan, in the lawless Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by Gohar Masud)

A long commute through Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter, getting tossed in the air when the driver crests the hills. It was another one of those days when I would travel between my home in Dera Ismail Khan and […]
Jan 17, 2013
Chandni Gautam is one of the few women drivers on the road as she navigates her cab through the streets of New Delhi, India. Gautam is one a select few female cab drivers at Sakha, a company for and by women offering safe, 24-hour transportation. (Photo by Bhamati Sivapalan)

Female cab drivers break into India’s hostile male profession

Chandni Gautam, above, is one of the first of her kind; a female cab driver in India. Gautam works for a company employing and training women to become cab drivers and chauffeurs. But the job is about more than getting a license. It means going to work in openly hostile field, where road rage, physical threats […]
Aug 21, 2012
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South Seattle immigrant communities fight uphill battle for transportation

Getting from point A to point B isn’t easy for 68-year-old Tuyet Mhi Mai. Especially when those points are her daughter’s crowded Lake City home and service classes or work in South Seattle. Since the King County Metro reduced bus route 42 because it runs parallel to the Light Rail, Mai’s commute is a little more […]
May 14, 2012