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Can a five-hour Alaskan train ride be compelling Thanksgiving viewing?

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

Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

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

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

Community Transit sales-tax measure too close to call

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

Community Transit lost and found racks up the unusual

The Community Transit Blog has compiled a list of its most unusual lost and found items.

Date: 11/03/2015 | 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

Bus riders get all the breaks

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

Man stabbed in White Center after fight on bus

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 passes comprehensive plan update

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

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

Community Transit officials outline 2016 budget

EVERETT — Leaders at Community Transit say they’re offering modest service improvements in their 2016 budget.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News

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

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

Ballot measure would raise $25M for more CT bus service

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

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

Bus fire forces commuters to wait on side of I-405

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

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

Look to bottom of ballot to find Community Transit measure

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

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

'Double Talls' set to go

More double-decker buses coming to CT routes

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News

Everett Station closes off electrical outlets

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

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

CT seeks better on-time performance for Everett-to-Seattle bus routes on I-5

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

Make way for walkers and cyclists

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’s wish list of Snohomish County projects grows

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

Ride the bus to the Fair

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

Sound Transit weighs permits for park-and-ride customers

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

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

Mukilteo mayor pushes for Community Transit tax hike

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

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

Crews work to ensure trains will keep rolling when rains hit

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

Loonies, pesos and kronas

Foreign coins turn up as bus fares in Everett

Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News

Tacoma railway to get makeover with new bridge

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

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

No fare

Bus freeloaders cost $1 million last year

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

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

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