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Sound Transit

Revised plan brings light rail to Everett 5 years sooner

EVERETT — Snohomish County leaders are backing a new plan that would bring light rail to Everett at least five years sooner than promised earlier.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Local News

Officials working to speed up light rail service to Everett

EVERETT — Snohomish County's elected leaders are trying to hasten light rail's arrival in Everett from the current quarter-century time line.The County Council passed two...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Local News

Everett Station area seen as ripe for redevelopment

EVERETT — About 100 city and county leaders gathered Thursday to grapple with the redevelopment and revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding Everett Station.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Local News

Deadline to comment on ST3 measure has been extended

Sound Transit has extended the deadline for commenting on the draft Sound Transit 3 ballot measure until 5 p.m. Monday.See an online map of the proposed $50 billion expansion plan for light rail at

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Light rail sooner

Crowd presses for earlier light-rail service to Everett

Date: 04/26/2016 | Local News

Steering rail expansion

Earlier service to Everett to be pushed at Sound Transit meeting

Date: 04/25/2016 | Local News

Alternative plan would bring light rail to Everett by 2033

EVERETT — Sound Transit board members from Snohomish County floated a plan Monday to get light rail to Everett by 2033 — eight years sooner than what the agency proposed last month.The...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Local News

Light rail in the long run: Are buses a better choice?

There's a chip on our shoulder. We've been overlooked for decades. It's time we get ours.But is light rail worth the fight?Under the Sound Transit "ST3" draft plan, light rail wouldn't reach manufacturing...

Date: 04/18/2016 | Street Smarts

About that 25-year wait for light rail …

Did you hear about Breakthrough Starshot?

Date: 04/15/2016 | Web Monkey

Bellevue firm hired for final design of light rail line to Lynnwood

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Sound Transit announced Monday that's it's moving ahead with a contract for the final design of the 8.5-mile Link light rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood.A Bellevue firm, HNTB Jacobs Trusted Design Partners, is to receive $73.7 million for...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Local News

Best chance at a regional Link

It's not like we haven't had to do this before, but those who live and work in Snohomish County, along with local officials and lawmakers, will need to make the case that our county is a major cog in the state's economy and must be served by a transportation system that meets the needs...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Editorials

Walking tour near Lynnwood light rail station is Saturday

A Lynnwood Walk and Talk event to discuss planned changes near a future light rail station is planned for 10 a.m. to noon April 2. The event starts and stops at Verdant Health Commission, 4710 196th St. SW.

Date: 03/31/2016 | Street Smarts

In letter, county legislators thump Sound Transit's timeline

EVERETT — In the midst of approving a budget, Legislators from Snohomish County took the time Tuesday to send a message to Sound Transit.The message: You got it wrong.

Date: 03/30/2016 | Local News

Mudslide on tracks near Everett cancels train service

SEATTLE — Sound Transit says a mudslide is blocking railroad tracks just south of Everett, canceling passenger train service between Seattle and Everett through Tuesday.The agency is providing bus service Monday and Tuesday for commuters who usually take the Sounder train to work.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Northwest

Landslide closes railroad tracks near Mukilteo

SEATTLE ­— BNSF Railway has imposed a 48-hour moratorium on passenger train service between Seattle and Everett because of a landslide south of Mukilteo.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Local News

Service finally set to start on second Mukilteo Sounder platform

MUKILTEO — The long wait for the opening of the second Sounder train platform is over.Service on the new platform is scheduled to start Monday with the arrival of a train at 4:47 p.m.Construction on the $18.1 million project began in January 2014. It...

Date: 03/28/2016 | Local News

Leaders fume over Sound Transit's 2041 Everett timeline

EVERETT — Waiting another quarter century for light rail in Everett is unacceptable to Snohomish County's political and business leaders, who are pushing to accelerate the time frame.The tug and pull for rail projects across a three-county region could make that a...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Transit ballot measure would extend rail to Everett — in 2041

SEATTLE — Snohomish County's political leaders had mixed reactions Thursday when Sound Transit unveiled light-rail plans that would reach Everett via the industrial area around Paine Field, but not for...

Date: 03/24/2016 | Local News

Sound Transit to add longer trains to handle growing demand

SEATTLE — Sound Transit is putting some longer trains on its light rail tracks to help with increased demand at new stations.The Seattle Times reported that beginning Monday, three-car trains will alternate with the usual two-car trains.

Date: 03/24/2016 | Northwest

Senior? Disabled? How to get the lowest bus fare

If you want the lowest possible bus fare, the steps to get it may be stricter than you’d like.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Street Smarts

Lessons on the road to I-405 tolls

Editorial: Improvements should have come before tolls

Date: 03/20/2016 | Editorials

Link light rail extension to UW, Capitol Hill to open Saturday

SEATTLE — A new 3-mile segment of Link light rail is scheduled to open Saturday, adding travel from the University of Washington to downtown Seattle and the airport.Sound Transit says service to two new stations — near UW’s Husky Stadium and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood — begins 10 a.m.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest

Lynnwood bypass now open for buses to get around I-5 traffic

A third bypass for buses to get around carpool-lane congestion on I-5 opened last week at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Street Smarts

Sound Transit bus fares go up March 1

On March 1, Sound Transit will start offering a discounted fare for adult riders with incomes at or below 200 percent of federal poverty level. Riders will need an ORCA LIFT card...

Date: 02/17/2016 | Street Smarts

Paying costs of getting around

The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...

Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials

Proposed federal grant: $1.1 billion for Lynnwood light rail

LYNNWOOD — Commuters in south Snohomish County got some encouraging news Tuesday in a proposed federal budget, though traffic relief still is years away.Under President Barack Obama's proposed budget, Sound Transit stands to receive $125 million for

Date: 02/10/2016 | Local News

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

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