Travelers on Washington highways now can check road conditions and get travel information on their computers at 28 state rest stops.
The Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said it's established wireless Internet service at 28 of the state's 42 rest areas by partnering with Road Connect Inc. of Austin, Texas.
Motorists can stop at one of the wireless-enabled rest stops, fire up their computer and check travel information, such as road conditions, for free through the WSDOT's Web site. If they want to check e-mail or visit other Web sites, they must subscribe to Road Connect, which costs $1.99 for 20 minutes, or $3.99 a day.
Road Connect currently provides a similar service at rest stops in Texas and Oregon.
"We believe tourists, travelers and truckers will find this information invaluable," said Doug Pierce, the Transportation Department's maintenance and operations manager, in a statement.
Rest areas in the state with the new wireless service can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/biz/restareas/restaream
$1.99 for 20 minutes? Still beats AOL.
My sig. other and his brother and I were thinking about taking the ferry over from West Seattle to Vashon Island tonight, just for a relaxing evening out. I live in West Seattle, so I was thinking about parking at Lincoln Park and just being a walk-on passenger, and then walking around Vashon.
But is this a good idea? Is there anything of interest, even just a beach or something within say 20 min. of the ferry docks on Vashon? Any restaurants? Worth the $4 just for a pretty ferry ride at sunset?
Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!
I'm looking to acquire an African pygmy hedgehog, but am having a bit of a hard time finding information about a reputable local source, and I'd rather not put one through the experience of being shipped! I know at one point some Petcos in the area carried them, but (a) they don't seem to anymore, and (b) I'd prefer a hedgie that came from an environment that was a little more personal and involved than the big chain pet stores can be.
SEATTLE -- The chief of the city's monorail line, shut down since Aug. 20 after two train stalls following a nine-month shutdown to repair damage from a collision, says it needs a $4.5 million overhaul.
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Original story here.
Newsflash! Want to VOTE ON IT? Seattle Times lets you!
Or, can anyone direct me to an equestrian network/website having to do with Washington that's actually active or informative?
2) I know that tipping baristas has been discussed, but I was curious about your opinions regarding tipping other services, particularly facials (hehe) and hair cutting/coloring. I have always tipped 20% in other cities where I lived, but when it comes up in discussions here in Seattle, that seems to be on the higher end.
Much thanks in advance. Good evening.
Extended personal opinions are welcome too!