The ever-widening range of TV offerings can sometimes seem to leave no stone unturned. There are transgender prisoners and Southern U.S. zombies in scripted television; there are all manner of competing professionals — and, if you’re inclined to presidential-election coverage, undead of a different...
Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World
The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
It was too close to call whether voters in much of Snohomish County approve of another 0.3 percent sales-tax hike to support Community Transit on election night.Community Transit hasn't lost a countywide ballot measure since it was established almost 40 years ago. Voters...
Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News
The Community Transit Blog has compiled a list of its most unusual lost and found items.
Date: 11/03/2015 | Street Smarts
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
Man, we’ve given bus riders a sweet deal. They reduce the number of cars on the road and the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. In exchange they get a host of perks, including:
Date: 10/30/2015 | Web Monkey
SEATTLE — King County authorities say a 26-year-old man was stabbed in White Center south of Seattle after an argument on a Metro bus.Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West says the man was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Sunday evening with life-threatening injuries.
Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Everett City Council passed its 10-year comprehensive plan update Wednesday, laying down the ground rules for growth and development for the next 20 years.
Date: 10/24/2015 | Local News
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
EVERETT — Leaders at Community Transit say they’re offering modest service improvements in their 2016 budget.
Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News
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
Stanwood is nearly twice the size of Granite Falls and three times as big as
Date: 10/20/2015 | Street Smarts
Voters in much of Snohomish County are being asked to approve a sales-tax hike to support Community Transit.The 0.3 percent increase is the equivalent of adding 3 cents to the price of a $10 purchase.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News
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
BELLEVUE — Dozens of bus commuters were standing along northbound I-405 in Bellevue early Wednesday as a Metro bus burned.KIRO-TV reports that the burning bus was blocking the right lane.
Date: 10/14/2015 | Northwest
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
Voters will need to look to the bottom of the Nov. 3 ballot to find the proposition to raise the sales-tax rate by 0.3 cents per dollar in much of Snohomish County to pay for improvements to Community Transit.
Date: 10/01/2015 | South County Politics
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
Transit rider Michael Chadek of Everett writes: “I saw a person scrambling around this morning at the Everett train station looking for a power outlet. He could not find one to charge his phone. Remembering my recent trip through an airport — and finding plenty of electrical outlets available, and...
Date: 09/23/2015 | Street Smarts
On Sept. 27, the state Department of Transportation will begin the implementation of the new I-405 tolling.
Date: 09/18/2015 | Commentary
Increased congestion on I-5 isn’t just making the commute take longer for those driving to Seattle each day.
Date: 09/15/2015 | Local News
Here's how great our concern for the condition of our roads, bridges and the other parts of our transportation infrastructure has grown in recent years: At least at the state level, Republicans were the ones to step forward with a gas tax increase to fund a $16 billion transportation...
Date: 09/13/2015 | Editorials
Sound Transit has beefed up the list of Snohomish County projects it may pursue in its next phase of expansion.Delivering light-rail service to Everett continues to be agency leaders' top priority for Snohomish County in the $15 billion expansion known as Sound Transit 3, or...
Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News
The Evergreen State Fair runs Aug. 27 to Labor Day, Sept. 7, and Community Transit will again offer special Fair Days bus service — for less than the cost of a funnel cake.
Date: 08/27/2015 | Street Smarts
SEATTLE — In hopes of keeping frequent riders from having to arrive at parking lots at dawn just to commute to work, Sound Transit is considering a permit system for parking lots.
Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest
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
A newly formed political committee led by Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is leading the effort to pass Community Transit’s sales tax hike measure this fall.
Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News
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
EVERETT — Work has started to shore up the worst of the slipping, sliding coastal bluffs above the railroad tracks between Everett and Mukilteo.Mudslides pose a seasonal nuisance — and danger — for Sounder commuters, Amtrak passengers and freight trains.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News
Foreign coins turn up as bus fares in Everett
Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — Railways in Tacoma will see improvements as Sound Transit plans to replace a wooden trestle with a concrete-and-steel bridge.The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that Sound Transit will host a public meeting to present the design of the bridge Tuesday.
Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest
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
OLYMPIA — The state's gas tax will climb this week and by next summer will be the second-highest rate in the nation.It will rise 7 cents a gallon Saturday and another 4.9 cents July 1, 2016. The two-step increase will help pay for billions of dollars in improvements in...
Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — A new survey has convinced Sound Transit officials they’re on the right track with ideas for adding light-rail and bus service in years to come.That includes stretching Link light rail north to Everett and adding rapid bus service to Lynnwood from the I-405 corridor.
Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News
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
Major renovations are underway at the cramped Ash Way Park and Ride and Swamp Creek Park and Ride lots that will result in more parking.
Date: 07/23/2015 | Street Smarts
It took 176 days, with two special sessions, including a few extra days tacked on at the end. And with so much riding on a number of outcomes, it was often frustrating to watch as deals were made, dashed and made...
Date: 07/23/2015 | Editorials
It's not that Dorothé Reijnders didn't bike before. "I'm from the Netherlands. Over there, we bike because we need to go from A to B," she said.But it wasn't until she bought a road bike and then started training two years ago for a 200-plus...
Date: 07/20/2015 | Street Smarts
EVERETT — Community Transit will ask voters Nov. 3 to approve a sales tax increase that will allow it to expand services across Snohomish County.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — After years of promises to find new cash for roads and transit systems, the House on Wednesday admitted failure once more, voting to use a hodgepodge of money to extend the current bill until just before Christmas.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A BNSF Railway spokesman says a northbound commuter train has struck and killed a female pedestrian in the north Seattle area.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Sound Transit’s Board of Directors pledged Wednesday to move forward with a November 2016 ballot measure to extend light rail to Everett and other destinations.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News
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
In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary
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
Security at the South Everett Freeway Station on I-5 at 112th Street have been cracking down lately on those looking to park and ride — in their own vehicles, that is.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Street Smarts
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
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
A rising toll lifts all chassis — at least for a little while.One of the selling points of express toll lanes is that general purpose lanes also will benefit from a quicker commute.Single drivers and others are enticed to pay a toll to go faster, which in...
Date: 06/08/2015 | Street Smarts
EVERETT — Anyone who loathes I-5 traffic — and we all do — has a few chances this month to talk to Sound Transit staff about long-term improvements.
Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News
My grandmother tells this fantastical tale that's almost tempting to believe. The story goes that, as a girl, she could hop on a trolley in Seattle and ride around the Puget Sound region on an efficient commuter rail system.
Date: 06/05/2015 | Web Monkey
Bus rider Joe Kunzler wonders why Community Transit doesn’t have a route to the popular Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field.
Date: 06/04/2015 | Street Smarts
Community Transit is moving forward with improvements to public transportation in Snohomish County, including a plan to add a second rapid-transit bus route from Bothell to Paine Field as soon as 2018.It also will
Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News
Mariner High School art students' work spruces things up
Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News
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
Officials want Sound Transit to make good on promise
Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News
Retired bus driver Pamela Compton of Everett wonders why the on- and off-ramps from I-5 to the South Everett Freeway Station Park and Ride are for carpools only. She feels it would make more sense if all vehicles that are taking the ramp in order to use the Park and Ride lot —...
Date: 05/27/2015 | Street Smarts
The image of Congress kicking the can down the road again comes to mind, except this time lawmakers are running out of good road.Earlier this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-month extension of the federal Highway Trust Fund. With the trust fund set to...
Date: 05/22/2015 | Editorials
Community Transit given ‘Above and Beyond Award'The Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization has presented Community Transit of Snohomish County with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their...
Date: 05/19/2015 | Business
BELLINGHAM — Residents of Bellingham will not see hybrid buses replacing older vehicles in the next two years since the Whatcom Transportation Authority says the fuel-efficient buses already in the fleet have equipment problems and that they will not order more.
Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest
Commuters who stand in the aisle of a Community Transit bus for as long as 80 minutes to get to their jobs in Seattle are proof enough that buses are not immune to the region's traffic woes.Travel times in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-5 between Everett and Seattle...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Street Smarts
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
SEATTLE — The Sound Transit Board of Directors is preparing to hire a new chief executive officer as Joni Earl readies for retirement next year.
Date: 05/09/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — The Sound Transit board of directors unanimously approved a route Thursday to take Link light rail to Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace by 2023.The 8.5-mile addition would extend...
Date: 04/24/2015 | Local News
And so it goes.Democrats in the state House and Republicans in the Senate encountered their latest impasse Wednesday when neither could agree to a starting point for budget negotiations.Republicans, who have proposed operating and capital budgets that impose no...
Date: 04/17/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, budget negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans hit a snag Wednesday.
Date: 04/16/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers might give cash-strapped Island Transit money to restart a popular bus route from Camano Island to Stanwood and downtown Everett.
Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News
Snohomish County and Community Transit officials have announced they want more tax authority from the Legislature to pay for more passenger train and bus service. The new taxes they have in mind would increase the tax burden on working families and hit most Snohomish County...
Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary
Viewpoints: County's mayors on transportation needs
Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin work the week of April 13 to improve traffic flow through Highway 99 and Airport Road in Everett, where...
Date: 04/09/2015 | Street Smarts
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
DETROIT — From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright.From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Business Wire
LYNNWOOD — Leaders at Sound Transit are preparing later this month to chart their preferred route for a light rail line to Lynnwood, following the release of environmental studies.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News
The transit agencies that participate in the ORCA smart card fare system — including Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit — are propose a new...
Date: 04/01/2015 | Street Smarts
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
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
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
Bus rider Cynthia Wheaton often uses the stop at 34th Street and Broadway in Everett. Crossing Broadway to use the bus stop, however, can be stressful."I wear a bright yellow jacket for visibility and carefully wait for a big gap in traffic both ways, but I have been...
Date: 03/19/2015 | Street Smarts
SEATTLE — Heavy rain over the weekend caused mudslides around western Washington, including one that has stopped passenger train service between Seattle and the city of Everett, about 25 miles north.
Date: 03/16/2015 | Northwest
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
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
EVERETT — Community Transit on Thursday announced four finalists under consideration to be the agency’s CEO.
Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News
CATHCART — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday authorized buying a church property in the Cathcart area for a future Community Transit park-and-ride lot.
Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News
This was an interesting one.“Several times recently I have noticed buses ... stopped at a red light and then proceed through the intersection while the light is still red,” writes Chester Swanson of Everett.
Date: 02/16/2015 | Street Smarts
It still faces committee hearings and votes in the state Senate and House, but a transportation package announced Thursday by a bipartisan group of...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Editorials
MUKILTEO — For years, the city’s waterfront has been has been an area of sharp contrasts, offering both stunning views and something of an eyesore.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A mudslide has temporarily canceled passenger train service between Everett and Seattle.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says a mudslide at about 3 p.m. Tuesday covered the main line with 20 feet of mud, trees and debris.
Date: 02/10/2015 | Local News
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
EVERETT — A new mudslide on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks south of Everett has shut down Amtrak passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett. A different mudslide had covered the tracks on Friday. Amtrak officials say the tracks are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire...
Date: 02/07/2015 | Northwest
SMOKEY POINT — A complete overhaul of the transit center here is nearing completion after more than a year of work.
Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News
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
CAMANO ISLAND — Statements from the most recent Island Transit Board of Directors meeting sparked outrage here as people worried their bus service would be cut.
Date: 02/01/2015 | Local News
As director of operations the Arlington School District I wanted to respond to questions recently raised by Herald readers on the use of the district's Transportation Vehicle Fund (TVF) and the cost of school buses. When a school district purchases a new bus and places it in service,...
Date: 01/24/2015 | Commentary
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