Street Smarts

Mayor Cassie Franklin pushes off her first ride Friday morning during a launch event for an e-scooter pilot program. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

My first Everett e-scooter ride: Not as daunting as I feared

A hundred rentable battery-powered scooters have begun dotting — and darting around — Everett streets.

 

Resurfacing work starts on Snohomish County roads

Flaggers ahead: More than 83 miles will get a layer of chip seal and another 5.4 will be paved.

 

A new bike rack outside Karl’s Bakery and Cafe on Wetmore in downtown Everett. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Dust off those bicycles: May is Bike Everywhere Month

The annual event is a good time for people to give bike commuting a try.

 

It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Distracted driving: ‘People are just sneakier about it’

It is the cause of 30 percent of all traffic deaths across the state, and the numbers keep rising.

It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Three US 2 repaving projects could bring lengthy delays

Summer brings the season of repaving and repairing. Here’s a list of WSDOT work for Snohomish County.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Calculating the commute: Getting to Paine Field by bus

From The Daily Herald’s office in Everett it took me 45 minutes using Community Transit’s Swift lines.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Lynnwood renews red-light-camera contract for five years

And a new traffic light near the Boeing plant prompts questions.

A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Passengers catch an Uber after arriving at Paine Field Friday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Passengers catch an Uber after arriving at Paine Field Friday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Swift Green Line starts rolling, from Bothell to Boeing

Thirty-four stations dot the 12.5-mile corridor, connecting two of the region’s largest job centers.

Community Transit and Everett Transit might soon start offering a low-income fare to qualified riders. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Community Transit, Everett Transit propose a low-income fare

For the average household, transportation is often the second largest expense after housing.

Community Transit and Everett Transit might soon start offering a low-income fare to qualified riders. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Vehicles heading north start to backup on I-5 at exit 192 as rush hour began on Thursday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Red brake lights line I-5 from Everett to Marysville

Population growth and the proximity of four ramps contribute to the congestion, says WSDOT.

Vehicles heading north start to backup on I-5 at exit 192 as rush hour began on Thursday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Maybe 4 roundabouts can fix this nightmare intersection

There’s a new plan for that junk of a junction where highways 9 and 204 meet in Lake Stevens.

About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Vehicles exiting I-5 compete for space with the traffic on 164th Street SW often causing congestion even during non-rush hour times. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Highway on- and off-ramps can bring congestion all day long

Why is the 164th Street SW overpass a jam? It’s the flow on the corridor and on the freeway ramps.

Vehicles exiting I-5 compete for space with the traffic on 164th Street SW often causing congestion even during non-rush hour times. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Why were freeways still snow-clogged more than a day later?

A Midwest transplant wonders where the salt is. Transportation officials say they use lots of it.

Community Transit’s Swift Green Line is set to open March 24. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Worsening traffic may lure more commuters to transit

Charging for park-and-ride parking spots and bus-only lanes should push new riders aboard.

Community Transit’s Swift Green Line is set to open March 24. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

There’s a new writer in the Street Smarts driver’s seat

Lizz Giordano is ready to find traffic and transit answers, or at least start the conversation.

Where are you supposed to stop at a stop sign?

Cars should be behind a marked line. But overgrown vegetation and worn-out lines muddy the rule.

Roads to nowhere a part of ‘rural’ life

Connecting north-south roads across the county line would take a Herculean political effort.

Nine months as a guinea pig for pay-by-the-mile tax study

Washington is among the states giving “road usage charges” a look. Backers say it’s fairer than gas tax.