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Proposal to fill Sound Transit seats deemed ‘Seattle-centric’

A column in two takes.Take 1: Sound Transit power playIt’s been tough enough for Sound Transit board members to cobble together ST3, a ballot measure seeking $15 billion for the next phase of expansion.

Date: 02/04/2016 | The Petri Dish

I-405 tolls are shaving several minutes off bus riders’ commutes

Tolls have helped buses traveling I-405 shave some time off their routes, a key goal to help make what transit is available more reliable and attractive to commuters.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Street Smarts

County executive, Edmonds mayor join Sound Transit board

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has been named to the Sound Transit board of directors, one of the regional responsibilities he'll shoulder in his new role.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Local News

Almost there

Sounder station in Mukilteo, beset with delays, set to open soon

Date: 01/12/2016 | Local News

Next stretch of Seattle light rail set to open in new year

SEATTLE — Light rail will go a lot further in Seattle in the New Year.KING-TV reported two new rail stations are near completion and commuters will soon be able to go from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington in about eight minutes.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Northwest

Will Sound Transit make it a trilogy? The plot thickens

"The Godfather," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Hangover." There’s nothing like a good trilogy.

Date: 12/25/2015 | Web Monkey

Too soon to cut I-405 express toll lanes

Skepticism and grumbling about the new high-occupancy toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue that were opened in late September are understandable.Previously, we've criticized the toll...

Date: 12/17/2015 | Editorials

Solstice dreams of getting back to where we were

Sunset today will be at 4:16 p.m. Sunset tomorrow is at 4:17 p.m. Each afternoon after the solstice, Dec. 22, the sun sets a little later, and gradually light returns to our state.Ancient Rome celebrated the winter solstice with the pagan festival called Saturnalia, meaning...

Date: 12/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Parking garage across from McCollum Park? Rumor is 1 mile off

Michael Scherping of Mill Creek writes: “What is to become of that section across from McCollum Park on 128th where there...

Date: 12/15/2015 | Street Smarts

Light rail options for North Puget Sound far from settled

EVERETT — There's a lot riding on decisions about building a light-rail system from Lynnwood to Everett. And beyond that, there's a long journey ahead.New designs released this month show how Sound Transit's Link trains might reach the heart of Snohomish County, in 15...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Local News

Light rail must connect with Paine Field

By any measurement, $15 billion is a lot of money, especially when we're talking about taxpayer money.Earlier this year, the Legislature authorized Sound Transit to seek voter approval to collect about $15 billion over a 15-year...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Editorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everett leaders push for rail

Officials want Sound Transit to make good on promise

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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