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Gas tax rising 7 cents to fund transportation projects

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

25,000 respond to Sound Transit’s light-rail survey

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

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

More parking coming to Ash Way, Swamp Creek P&Rs

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

Cities pleased with outcomes

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

Inaugural Snohomish County Bike Bash is July 25

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

Community Transit wants sales tax increase for improved bus service

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

House admits defeat, OKs road bill extension

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

Everett-bound Sound Transit train strikes, kills pedestrian

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

Sound Transit light rail measure to move forward

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

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

State’s economy depends on federal transportation bill

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

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

Not all park and ride lots allow carpools

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

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

A look at Link

Everett gets an update on light-rail plans

Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News

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

Expect small changes with new I-405 toll

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

Public invited to sound off about Sound Transit’s bus, light rail plans

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

Decades later, we're still waiting for the next Interurban

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

No bus stop at Future of Flight

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

CT plans a new rapid-transit bus route between Canyon Park and Paine Field

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

Beauty and the bus stop

Mariner High School art students' work spruces things up

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

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

Everett leaders push for rail

Officials want Sound Transit to make good on promise

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

Park-and-ride ramps to remain HOV-only

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

Federal gas tax increase is long overdue

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

Briefs: Community Transit given 'Above and Beyond Award'

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

Whatcom Transportation Authority cuts hybrids from budget

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

Short-term fixes could get buses moving faster

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

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

Sound Transit board seeking new CEO

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

Sound Transit approves light rail route to Lynnwood, Terrace

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

Start negotiations with transportation

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

Budget negotiations hit snag in state Legislature

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

Island Transit's free bus service may end

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

Community Transit should lower costs, not increase tax

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

Our way out of this jam

Viewpoints: County's mayors on transportation needs

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

New bus lane to ease flow on Highway 99 at Airport Road

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 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

Autonomous cars could leave you queasy

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

Seattle-Lynnwood light rail still on track

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

New regional ORCA pass geared at tourists

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

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

Is a crosswalk needed at Broadway and 34th?

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

S. Transit provides service to mud-halted train commuters

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

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

Community Transit lists 4 CEO finalists

EVERETT — Community Transit on Thursday announced four finalists under consideration to be the agency’s CEO.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

Long-term transit plans include Cathcart park-and-ride

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

Buses can get a jump-start on green lights

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

Roads paved by compromise

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

New look on the horizon for Mukilteo eyesore

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

Mudslide halts Everett-to-Seattle passenger rail service

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

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

Two mudslides halt passenger train service

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 transit center nears opening day

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 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

No cuts to Camano Island bus service, agency says

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

Arlington School District explains bus-buying practices

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

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

Blind couple says driver barred them from Seattle bus

SEATTLE — A blind man and woman say a transit driver barred them from a Seattle bus by insisting the seats for disabled people were full.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest

Mudslide halts Sounder trains until Wednesday

SEATTLE — Sound Transit did not run Sounder train service on Sunday for Seahawks fans because of the weather forecast calling for heavy rains.Their precaution turned out to be warranted after another mudslide fell Sunday morning on the tracks about a mile south of Mukilteo.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Northwest

Sound Transit hopes to resume train for Seahawks

SEATTLE — Sound Transit hopes to resume Sounder train service north of Seattle in time for Sunday’s Seahawks game.Passenger train service was halted between Everett and Seattle’s King Street station for 48 hours because of a mudslide on Wednesday.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest

Mudslide halts Everett-Seattle passenger train service

SEATTLE — Passenger train service between Everett and Seattle's King Street station will be halted for 48 hours because of a mudslide.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the slide happened west of Everett about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. He said debris was covering the...

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Sound Transit board picks Paine Field route to Everett

EVERETT — If light rail ever reaches here, trains will travel through the bustling manufacturing area at Paine Field to downtown and possibly up to Everett Community College.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Commuter train hits vehicle near Seattle; all OK

KENT — Police in the south Seattle suburb of Kent say the driver of a vehicle that was hit by a Sound Transit commuter train was able to escape safely Tuesday evening.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Northwest

Mudslide hits Everett-Seattle rail corridor

EVERETT — A BNSF Railway spokesman says a Wednesday evening mudslide from a slope adjacent to the main rail line between Seattle and Everett has halted passenger train traffic in the corridor until Friday evening.

Date: 12/10/2014 | Northwest

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

Main rail line open between Seattle-Everett

SEATTLE — The main rail line between Seattle and Everett has reopened for passenger traffic after crews cleaned up trees and debris from a weekend mudslide.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said a 48-hour passenger rail traffic moratorium on the rail segment ended Monday evening.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Northwest

Second Swift bus line being considered

It's the most popular route that Community Transit offers.Every month, 125,000 people board Swift buses — about one in six Community Transit passengers — along the route that runs between Everett Station and Aurora Village in Shoreline, mostly on Highway 99.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Business

Roads remain icy; slide blocks passenger rail service to Seattle

EVERETT — Wintry weather continued to cause problems for Snohomish County on Sunday.Below-freezing temperatures kept some roads slick and icy well into the day, according to local police.In addition, a debris slide Saturday night caused a 48-hour closure of...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Local News

Search for new transit leader goes nationwide

EVERETT — Community Transit’s search for a new chief executive officer is going national with the help of a head-hunting firm based in Kirkland.

Date: 11/28/2014 | Local News

Sound Transit lays groundwork for $15 billion expansion vote

OLYMPIA — Sound Transit leaders have set out on another journey to raise billions of dollars from taxpayers so they can bring light rail to Everett, Tacoma and Redmond.If all goes as planned, it will make the ballot in November 2016 and ask voters to approve a hike of...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Local News

Community Transit will bring back Sunday and holiday service

EVERETT — Community Transit announced Nov. 6 that it will seek to restore Sunday and holiday service starting June 7, 2015.Citing an improved financial outlook, the measures would be part of 27,000 hours of new bus service throughout Snohomish County.

Date: 11/08/2014 | Local News

Federal funds flow to local projects

Three dozen transportation projects in Snohomish County, including the new Mukilteo ferry terminal and the

Date: 11/05/2014 | Street Smarts

Expanded Community Transit service is planned

EVERETT — Community Transit plans to add bus service and hire 34 new bus drivers next year, the agency announced Monday.The service expansion, less than a fifth what was lost in recent years, is part of the agency's...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Local News

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

Interactive map shows roads projects

The Puget Sound Regional Council has come out with a cool new map.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Street Smarts

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

A simple but crucial to-do list for the state

Less than a month away from Election Day and three months out from the start of the legislative session, it's not too early to start jotting down the to-do list for state senators and representatives. You can do this on a post-it note:No. 1. Fully fund education.

Date: 10/12/2014 | Editorials

Different approaches to jobs, transportation, education

Democratic state Rep. Derek Stanford was coasting toward re-election to another two-year term. He had no opponent. Then Republican challenger Mark Davies lodged a write-in campaign in the August primary...

Date: 10/10/2014 | Local News

CT dropping South County route

Community Transit is changing its bus service in a variety of ways starting Sept. 29. The underused Route 110 from Edmonds to Mountlake Terrace will be dropped. Routes 119 and 116 still serve the area. On the flip side, a Mukilteo connection on...

Date: 09/22/2014 | Street Smarts

Van collides with light rail trail train in Seattle; 5 hurt

SEATTLE — A van has collided with a Link light rail train in Seattle, injuring five people.Authorities say the crash happened along Martin Luther King Way South at the South Brandon Street intersection in the Columbia City neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Date: 08/01/2014 | Northwest

Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

WASHINGTON — Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal Highway Trust...

Date: 07/31/2014 | Nation & World

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