Inside Seattle - June 25th, 2019

Inside Seattle (Jun 25th, 2019)

4,500 Expedia employees to Seattle / Bike limit on water taxis / Inslee's presidential debate

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Thank you for subscribing to the Inside Seattle newsletter, which brings you the top news stories from around the Emerald City and throughout the Pacific Northwest. I will be taking the rest of this week off, and I will be back with my next edition of Inside Seattle on Tuesday, July 2nd. Thank you for your continued patronage and patience while I'm away. I look forward to adding exciting local news to your inbox upon my return next week! — Nick Shekeryk

  We can expect rain on Wednesday and Thursday, with a 2-day a high/low of  69/52 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. Seattle traffic may become greatly impacted once Expedia’s new headquarters opens in Interbay this coming fall. The large travel company currently headquartered in Bellevue, is expected to bring 4,500 employees to its new location between Ballard and Queen Anne. Expedia has announced its intentions to offer incentives to employees who carpool and use public transportation, but also has plans to build a massive parking garage on site. – SEATTLE TIMES

2. Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to be among the field of more than 20 presidential hopefuls to participate in Wednesday night’s Democratic debate ahead of the 2020 election. Inslee’s campaign heavily emphasizing climate change has drawn admiration from fellow politicians and news outlets alike, but early voting polls indicate that his support from Democrats is currently less than one percent. – POLITICO

3. By the numbers: Seattle traffic
Analytics company INRIX conducted a poll on traffic around the nation earlier this year and found that the average Seattle driver spent 138 hours in traffic during 2018 — that’s nearly six full days of your life idling in your vehicle. Below is an assortment of local traffic metrics complied by navigation company TomTom, so you can have an idea of what you’re getting to yourself into every time you drive through Seattle.

National traffic rank: 6 (Boston is No. 1)
World traffic rank: 95 (Mumbai is No. 1)
Average congestion level: 31%
Average highway congestion level: 29%
Average non-highway congestion level: 31% 
Peak congestion AM: 54%
Peak congestion PM: 68%
Extra travel time expected during peak hours AM: +32 minutes per hour
Extra travel time expected during peak hours PM: +40 minutes per hour
Best day to drive (2018): Dec. 25 (2% congestion)
Worst day to drive (2018): June 8 (51% congestion)

Every week, we will offer tidbits of information to help you increase your statistical knowledge of all things related to the Pacific Northwest. If you have any interesting stats you'd like to see posted in an upcoming issue of Inside Seattle, reply to this email!

4. Apple will add over 2,000 employees to its new South lake Union offices over the course of the next five years, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday. Durkan said “pressures” such as affordable housing and increasing public transit are top of mind for city officials with the growth of the local tech community. – KIRO NEWS 7

5. A Comcast power outage resulted in the shutdown of Sound Transit’s ticketing system for several hours on Monday morning. The outage impacted many cities throughout the Greater Seattle Area until power was restored later in the morning.  -SEATTLE TIMES

6. King County Metro has begun enforcing a strict 26 bicycle limit on water taxis, which started earlier this week. According to a report from King 5 News, too many bicycles aboard water taxis have been creating numerous safety issues for passengers and crew. – MY NORTHWEST

7. Legendary Seattle SuperSonics player and coach Lenny Wilkens announced he will be leaving the Lenny Wilkens Foundation. The 81-year-old NBA Hall of Famer best known for coaching the Sonics to the franchise's lone NBA championship in 1979, has been running his philanthropic foundation since 1971. – KING 5 NEWS

8. The Seattle Housing Authority is beginning a pilot program that gives free orca cards to low income residents in Seattle. The $1 million budget for the program will start by giving 1,500 people public transit passes. – MASS TRANSIT MAGAZINE

9. As the summer season heats up, so are the grills at some of the city’s best burger joints. Eater Seattle compiled a list of the 22 best burgers in Seattle. Get your appetite ready! – EATER SEATTLE

10. Inside Seattle Sounds: Jeff Lynne’s ELO
The Electric Light Orchestra is a psych-pop band from the 70’s that was known for popular songs such as ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ and ‘Living Thing.’ The band’s mastermind, Jeff Lynne, is bringing his out-of-this-world show to the Tacoma Dome this coming Friday, June 28th. The show will definitely be worth the traffic-laden drive to Tacoma.

Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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