Street Smarts

The Interurban Railway: Everett’s first rapid transit line

The trolleys ran to Seattle from 1910 to 1939, along a similar route to what light rail will follow.

 

Plan ahead for smooth sailing (and driving) this Thanksgiving

Heaviest traffic in the region is expected Wednesday between 4 and 6 p.m.

 

Our bus routes could terminate at Northgate as soon as 2021

Under a tentative proposal, commuters would have the option to transfer to light rail trains.

 

Some noisy vehicles are illegal, but it’s hard to enforce

If an exhaust system has been modified to make it louder than the factory setting, that’s a violation.

Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

It will be a literal sea change for the nation’s biggest system — and a technically ambitious one.

Mountlake Terrace envisions a dense, walkable Town Center

Buildings as tall as 12 stories are now allowed near the future Sound Transit light rail station.

Everett reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras

A plan with seven cameras was shelved a decade ago, citing erratic driving councilmember reassess.

Highway projects wrapping up; some will carry over to 2020

Also: An update on Highway 99 tolling, and expect to see more electric buses in Everett.

At the Snohomish County Parking Garage in downtown Everett, electric vehicles can get a charge. It’s one of several public charging stations in the county. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

License fees rise for hybrid and electric cars in Washington

The $75 per vehicle funds new electric charging stations around the state — which hybrids don’t need.

At the Snohomish County Parking Garage in downtown Everett, electric vehicles can get a charge. It’s one of several public charging stations in the county. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Tamara Burks and her husband moved south to Lynnwood from Everett this week after finding an apartment within their budget, shaving off time in her long work commute to south Seattle. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Stuck in traffic: Super commuting of 3+ hours is on the rise

More than 13,500 Snohomish County residents, about 4% of the workforce, spend three hours commuting.

Tamara Burks and her husband moved south to Lynnwood from Everett this week after finding an apartment within their budget, shaving off time in her long work commute to south Seattle. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Major work is coming to 180th Street SE between Highway 527 and 23rd Ave SE near Mill Creek. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Work next spring will tie up 180th Street SE near Mill Creek

The project is one of many planned to keep up with one of the fastest-growing parts of Snohomish County.

Major work is coming to 180th Street SE between Highway 527 and 23rd Ave SE near Mill Creek. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

The nightly race to collect e-scooters in need of a charge

Juicers keep the battery powered vehicles moving on Everett’s streets.

A Street Smarts reader wants the city of Everett to install a right-turn signal at the intersection of 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue SE. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A lengthy signal saga continues at an Everett intersection

After making a helpful suggestion, a driver has waited years for change at 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue.

A Street Smarts reader wants the city of Everett to install a right-turn signal at the intersection of 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue SE. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
The installation of a roundabout at Highway 9 and 108th Street NE in north Marysville is one of four projects the State Department of Transportation has planned for Snohomish County this summer. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Roundabout finally coming to Highway 9 near Marysville

Back to back weekend closures of the highway — starting September 6 — is needed to complete the work.

The installation of a roundabout at Highway 9 and 108th Street NE in north Marysville is one of four projects the State Department of Transportation has planned for Snohomish County this summer. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
In general, the state Department of Transportation prefers to install roundabouts versus other intersection types. (WSDOT)

How and why an intersection gets redesigned in Washington

The most common question submitted to Street Smarts: How do I get a roundabout installed?

In general, the state Department of Transportation prefers to install roundabouts versus other intersection types. (WSDOT)

As flashing lights appear, when must drivers pull over?

Tow trucks heading toward a scene should be given the right of way, just like emergency responders.

Most of the time Highway 526 flows smoothly, says the state Department of Transportation, but during Boeing shift releases congestion builds. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Lots at stake for commuters, neighbors with Highway 526 plan

The state aims to release a design for the corridor this fall, with work starting in 2021 or 2022.

Most of the time Highway 526 flows smoothly, says the state Department of Transportation, but during Boeing shift releases congestion builds. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A quest to end queue jumping, especially on I-405 to Highway 522

Drivers use the maneuver to bypass a line of cars, waiting to merge until the last second.

The reversible express lanes I-5 most days flow toward Seattle during the morning commute and north in the evenings. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A driver can dream: Can I-5 express lanes be more nimble?

And switch direction to adjust to current conditions rather than stick to a strict schedule.

The reversible express lanes I-5 most days flow toward Seattle during the morning commute and north in the evenings. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
One possible vision of the future Mariner light rail station area. (Snohomish County)

County sees a dense, tall future near light rail stations

Buildings 10 stories or higher could tower over stops off I-5 at Ash Way and Mariner park and rides.

One possible vision of the future Mariner light rail station area. (Snohomish County)
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