Northwest Now: July 17 episode examines traffic issues in the PNW

Posted: July 16, 2015

Many Western Washington commuters spend more time sitting in traffic than the average Los Angeles resident does. In fact, in some cases, commuters fritter away more than two weeks of their lives every year sitting around on local highways.

Can anything be done, or are we just stuck with it? In Friday’s edition of Northwest Now, we talk to the region’s largest mobile traffic information company about the results of their annual traffic study. We’ll also hear from House Transportation Committee Chairwoman Judy Clibborn, who says the problem stems from bad decision making.

“Go back and  look at the choices we made about not doing light rail, we had the money and voted it down. It isn’t just about bridges and roads that we decided on and I think there’s a disconnect in the minds of people that the choices they made so long ago are coming to root now,” Clibborn told Northwest Now host Tom Layson.

Plus, we’ll take a closer look at the traffic problem with a tour of the place where all those traffic cameras feed their data in hopes of helping you get out of your car and into the rest of your life.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that you can watch Friday’s at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC.

You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.

Find us on TV:


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)