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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

Roadwork lies ahead to keep jobs in county, state

More voices are joining the chorus seeking not just action but results from the Washington Legislature when it starts work in January.Keep Washington Competitive is a coalition of business, labor, ports, agriculture and...

Date: 11/14/2014 | Editorials

Spend. Yes, spend to rebuild transportation

When lawmakers return to Olympia next January, they'll have a chance to demonstrate that they can make progress on the state's two biggest challenges: improving a failing transportation system and funding the public schools. If the agenda sounds familiar, it is. These are the same...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Traffic jams explain why millennials aren’t driving

Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age. They are less likely to own cars or use cars. The drives they do are shorter. Meanwhile, the bus is looking good to them.A new report confirms this trend and offers reasons that...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Opinion Columnists

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