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Some changes, more waiting for new I-405 bottleneck

The state is making some changes to the troublesome north end of its I-405 tolling project. But it's waiting on any big changes, meaning drivers...

Date: 11/23/2015 | Street Smarts

A roadmap for better transit

Sitting in traffic must have some persuasive effect.Even in an election year when Tim Eyman's latest tax-limiting initiative garnered nearly 56 percent approval in Snohomish County, about 51 percent of voters served by Community Transit approved a .3 percent sales tax...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Editorials

How to have your say in the future of public transportation

Planes, trains and — well, not very many automobiles.The state is working on a long-term plan for public transportation and wants your input.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Street Smarts

Affordable homes require planning, good transportation

The question of how to create more affordable housing has been a hotly debated topic this year, especially in the city of Seattle with the release last summer of the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee's recommendations.This is a critical discussion and I...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Growth not helping our commute

I read on that the I-5 and I-405 commutes to Seattle and Bellevue have become untenable: More than an hour and a half for one and over an hour for the other. That means for an eight-hour workday in...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Commentary

Vote for a better Washington

Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials

I-405 evening commute around Bothell is worse after tolling

Many Snohomish County commuters have reported longer commutes post-tolling on I-405, and now the state confirms that is true, at least for the evening drive...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Street Smarts

Vote to expand bus service for your health, that of others

When we think of public transportation, we often think of the positive impact it has on easing congestion, supporting the local economy and providing an environmentally responsible alternative to driving alone.But how many of us think about the role public transit plays in...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Commentary

Commutes get longer (again) in latest state traffic report

As measured by brake lights, the Great Recession is officially over.Congestion in the central Puget Sound region is up 19 percent over pre-recession levels, according to the 2015 Corridor Capacity...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Street Smarts

Added bus service would aid our economy, quality of life

United Way of Snohomish County is proud to urge a “Yes” vote on Proposition 1 this November. The measure provides much needed transit investments to ensure our residents can access jobs, education and vital services.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Commentary

Buses add time-saving shortcuts for I-5 Seattle commute

Community Transit and Sound Transit buses this week start using two transit-only shortcuts to bypass heavy traffic on I-5.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Street Smarts

No relief for Highway 9 commuters

Street Smarts has received a lot of questions over the past several months from drivers frustrated with the commute on Highway 9. Many of them wondered if traffic signals are not as carefully timed as they could be.In general, traffic on Highway 9 is a bad-and-getting-worse headache.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Street Smarts

Direct bus route from Stanwood to Everett still in limbo

Stanwood is nearly twice the size of Granite Falls and three times as big as

Date: 10/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Support expansion of Community Transit service

During the eight years I have served in the Washington state Senate, I have been on the Senate Transportation Committee, serving as co-chairman or chairman during the last four. I have traveled all around our state meeting with city and county officials and numerous agencies. I've...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Commentary

Toll bills start to roll in for I-405 drivers

Bills are in the mail.If you have traveled the new restricted lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue and haven’t received your toll bill yet, expect to see it soon.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Street Smarts

Vote yes for more bus service

You might assume that the additional gas tax you started paying in July — 7 cents a gallon now, 4.9 cents a gallon next summer — is helping to support bus service in your community.It's a...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Editorials

How-to deal with collisions in the I-405 toll lanes

The number of collisions in the first week of tolling on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue was significantly higher than the same time last year.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Street Smarts

How one man maximized Good To Go for I-405 toll lanes

Toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue have marked a big shift in the commute.But they may mark an even bigger shift for non-commuters who puzzle over what to do.Paul Tarr of Everett has yet to use the toll lanes but did a "test run" of the...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Street Smarts

State to wait and see on I-405 toll lanes at difficult merge (updated)

(Updated since original post on Thursday, Oct. 8.)

Date: 10/08/2015 | Street Smarts

A mostly smooth transition to express-lane tolling on I-405

The first full week of tolling is under the seat belt.Overall, express toll lane drivers saved from 15 to 25 minutes on the Lynnwood-to-Bellevue commute for average toll rates of $1 to $1.50. At the same time, travel times in the general purpose lanes the whole length stayed...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Street Smarts

Could Flex Pass limit gas tax?

With only a couple of days under our seat belts for the new High-Occupancy Toll lanes on I-405, it may be a little soon to judge the lanes' effects on traffic.The reviews from drivers on Monday were mixed,

Date: 09/30/2015 | Editorials

First weekday of I-405 tolls: Great in toll lanes, a nightmare elsewhere

Local drivers chalked up both their best and worst commutes ever on I-405 on Monday, the first weekday of tolling.“Today was amazing for the carpoolers and terrible for the normals,” said Ryan Bowering of Lynnwood.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Street Smarts

I-405 tolls are here

What you need to know to drive the express lanes

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

I-405 express-lanes tolling Q&A

What are we talking about again?The I-405 express toll lanes are set to open today, replacing the carpool lane from the junction with I-5 in Lynnwood to NE Sixth Street in Bellevue, a distance of about 17 miles. South of Highway 522, the state also added an...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

Jobs, diplomacy and waiting in traffic

Just in case it doesn't get said in the next couple of days during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Everett, Seattle, Redmond and Tacoma: Thank you for your patience and for being good hosts.And special thanks to those who had to wait in traffic during the visit.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Editorials

Before I-405 tolling begins, double line rules are in effect

Double white lines continue to be painted this week along the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue in preparation for the switch to tolling, scheduled for Sept. 27.Crossing double-white lines is illegal and can get you a $136 ticket.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Street Smarts

A procrastinator’s guide to getting Good To Go

Count me among those waiting until the last minute to get set up for tolling on I-405.Tolling starts Sept. 27 on what are now HOV lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Street Smarts

Toll-lane cheating, explained

A commentary by Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Merrill that was published in Friday's Herald claimed enforcement of the new toll lanes on I-405 is doomed before it...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Tolls on I-405 won't address state's deep budget problems

An open letter to The Washington state Legislature and the people of Washington:On Jan. 5, 2012, The Washington state Supreme Court ruled that state Legislature had not met its constitutional duty to amply fund state basic education. On Aug. 13, 2015, The state Supreme Court...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Commentary

Problems ahead for I-405 HOV/toll lanes

On Sept. 27, the state Department of Transportation will begin the implementation of the new I-405 tolling.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Commentary

Coming signs will foretell of I-405 tolling

Signs, signs, everywhere signs of tolling coming to I-405 on Sept. 27.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Street Smarts

Letting in cars is courteous, but not required

Melissa George of Lake Stevens writes: “Are drivers heading west toward the trestle on Highway 204 required to let in drivers turning right off of

Date: 09/01/2015 | Street Smarts

With express tolls set to start on I-405, state still big on carpools

Will we still carpool when the carpool lane as we know it is gone?Express toll lanes will replace the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-405 from Lynnwood to Bellevue starting Sept. 27. Trends in other states show...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Street Smarts

Tolling could push carpool rate down

Carpooling is not the most popular idea among Snohomish County commuters. If the experience of other states is any indication, tolling on I-405 this fall could draw down that rate...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Street Smarts

Submit 10-second video showing ‘moves’ to Community Transit

Community Transit is sponsoring a Moves Moment video contest on Facebook as part of its Nobody Moves Like Transit advertising campaign. Through Aug. 20, members of the public may submit their own 10-second video showing...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Street Smarts

Swallowing this 'pill' is too costly

Gov. Jay Inslee is said to be weighing whether to take the dare and swallow what's been dubbed the "poison pill" that Republicans inserted into the $16.2 billion transportation package to dissuade him from moving forward with one of his key environmental proposals.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Editorials

Bicycling becoming more popular

It’s not just a hunch. There really is more spandex on the road.And I’m not just talking about the recent Group Health STP (Seattle to Portland) Bicycle Classic, in which my husband was one of 10,000 cyclists. (I drove a car. I was very comfortable.)

Date: 07/14/2015 | Street Smarts

What would make you trade your car for transit?

What would make you commute more by carpool, vanpool or transit?A recent Puget Sound Regional Council travel study asked participants a string of hypotheticals, and it found that most people...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Street Smarts

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

A united call to pass transportation budget

An open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Mark Schoesler, Sharon Nelson and Curtios King; House Speaker Frank Chopp and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Dan Kristiansen; and all members of the Washington state Legislature:We are writing in a united, bipartisan spirit as leaders,...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Commentary

Failure on budget can't be allowed

There's still more brinkmanship at play than bipartisanship as Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature negotiate a state budget deal, but Gov. Jay Inslee continued his mediator role Friday and provided some insight into where the two sides are at.One of the larger...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Editorials

How will we get around in 2035?

Those of us who've been around a bit can recall what the Snohomish County communities along the I-5 corridor looked like 15 to 35 years ago and how they've changed and grown since then. Our county...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Editorials

More toll lane food for thought

If you want a big improvement to the commute from hell, you need a lot more than tolls — you need more pavement.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Street Smarts

Is it a Lexus lane? Who uses express toll lanes

It's not a Lexus lane — not literally, anyway.Express toll lanes are replacing the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue this fall. They join similar toll lanes on Highway 167 south of...

Date: 06/01/2015 | Street Smarts

More 'Double Tall' buses coming to Community Transit routes

Community Transit is nearly doubling its fleet of double-decker buses in one $22.2 million swoop. The high-capacity buses could be in service by the end of summer, in time for the heavy fall commuting season.Community Transit has one new "

Date: 05/28/2015 | Street Smarts

I-405 toll-lane equipment test under way

LYNNWOOD — A new round of equipment testing is under way in preparation for the fall opening of the I-405 express toll lanes.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

Hey Legislature, how ya' doin'?

Dear Legislature:It's been a couple of weeks since you went into your special session, and, well, you're halfway through and we haven't heard much. Just wondering: How's it going?Don't misunderstand us; we know there's a lot to resolve and you've got that...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Editorials

Our way out of this jam

Viewpoints: County's mayors on transportation needs

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

Transit agencies need state, federal support

Transit agencies and others have declared today Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, a time to recognize the importance of transportation funding. In Everett and throughout Snohomish County, transportation is key to job growth and our stronger-than-national economic recovery.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Commentary

Travelers feel unsafe at Everett Station, report finds

EVERETT — A review of Everett Transit's operations and facilities concluded that, while the agency's services are largely successful, it suffers from inadequate facilities and a lack of clear communication among staff and the public.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Local News

Let Sound Transit seek $15 billion

Supporters of the third phase of Sound Transit's plan to extend its Link light rail into Everett, Tacoma and Redmond, dubbed ST3, know that the project's $15 billion price tag may not be an easy sell to voters...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Editorials

HOT lanes may not be so hot

The Most Interesting Man in the World doesn't always use the carpool lanes on I-405, but when he does later this fall, he's going to want to have a Good to Go Flex Pass.You might have read the account earlier in the week...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Editorials

Ride Community Transit Sundays and holidays, pay a little more

Everett’s Donovan Keith works at Jiffy Lube in Lake Stevens. On Friday, he stood in the cold at Everett Station waiting to catch his Community Transit bus.“I work some Sundays, and I have to get rides,” said Keith, 18.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Work ahead yet for legislators

Nobody said the road to compromise was going to be straight and smooth.The state Senate on Monday indeed passed a $15 billion transportation...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Editorials

Bus service expansion applauded in Monroe

MONROE — Senior citizens here are among those who are counting as a success this week’s Community Transit Board decision to expand bus service, despite an upcoming fare increase.

Date: 02/08/2015 | Local News

Community Transit announces Presidents Day schedule, other changes

Community Transit is reducing its service on Presidents Day, Feb. 16, and making some other minor changes.On Feb. 16, Community Transit service to downtown Seattle will be limited to Routes 402, 413 and 421. University District service will be limited to Route 855.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Pass Arlington school bus levy

We can appreciate a school district that takes care of its equipment, and in the case of school buses, gets every mile possible out of its fleet, but there is such a thing as the end of the road for a vehicle, especially those that went into service during the Bush administration, the...

Date: 01/15/2015 | Editorials

Extend light rail to Paine Field and Everett

While legislators hash out a transportation package this winter to address more immediate needs and projects to improve our highways and bridges, one decision they'll make could determine how future generations, specifically those now in elementary school and younger, could commute...

Date: 12/31/2014 | Editorials

Governor's transportation budget gives Snohomish County short shrift

Looking at the various projects outlined by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month in his proposed transportation budget, you can understand why officials in Snohomish County are holding the box upside-down and thumping on the bottom in disbelief to see if anything more might fall out.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Editorials

Keep toll system streamlined

For future trips to the Eastside, we may contact Marty McFly to see if his buddy, Doc Brown, can retro-fit our ‘08 Honda with a "cloak of invisibility."If that doesn't work, we may be forced to settle for the plan concocted by the Washington state...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Editorials

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