Street Smarts

A car breaks and waits for traffic to pass before turning onto 123rd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

County proposes roundabouts, narrow lanes for 84th Street NE

But active transportation and disability advocates want design features to make crossing them safe.

 

Alternatives for the West Alderwood light rail station. (Sound Transit)

Where should Everett Link light rail line and stations go?

East or west of I-5? How close to Alderwood mall, Boeing or Paine Field? Sound Transit wants input.

 

Students unload from a school bus on Evergreen Way Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 10, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Even on Evergreen Way, drivers can’t pass a stopped school bus

Everett school bus drivers say some aren’t always following the rules around their buses and students.

 

Leigh Spruce navigates from of the ramp cutouts and crosswalks at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Too many sidewalks aren’t built for people with disabilities

After the Week Without Driving challenge, our transportation columnist reflects on a recent scene in Everett.

Leigh Spruce navigates from of the ramp cutouts and crosswalks at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Being car-less means cold waits, long trips: It’s ‘exhausting’

The Week Without Driving challenged policymakers and planning professionals to ditch their vehicles.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett to get wireless electric bus chargers via grants

The city is set to benefit from over $2 million in state investments for electric vehicle charging.

Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bikers ride along a segment of the Interurban Trail during a  Leafline Trail Coalition and Snohomish County Transportation Coalition hosted "policy" ride on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cyclists highlight Interurban Trail needs before light rail arrival

Leafline Trails Coalition, Snohomish County Transportation Coalition and others toured some trail gaps.

Bikers ride along a segment of the Interurban Trail during a  Leafline Trail Coalition and Snohomish County Transportation Coalition hosted "policy" ride on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Northgate light rail frees buses for Snohomish County routes

Community Transit is using the change to imagine service when light rail reaches Snohomish County.

A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A bicyclist navigates car traffic while riding south along 100th Avenue West toward the intersection with Highway 104 on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bike lanes proposal could cut two vehicle lanes in Edmonds

Two options before the City Council would reduce at least one vehicle lane along 100th Avenue W.

A bicyclist navigates car traffic while riding south along 100th Avenue West toward the intersection with Highway 104 on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The site of a new development along May Creek Road next to the entrance of Wallace Falls State Park on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Gold Bar, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gold Bar considers home parking permits near Wallace Falls

In the past, parking spilled from Wallace Falls State Park into town. Decals could avoid conflicts.

The site of a new development along May Creek Road next to the entrance of Wallace Falls State Park on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Gold Bar, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Active transportation requires a lot of planning, preparation

Lawn care complicated our transportation columnist’s commitment to ditch his car for 1-mile trips.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Faster trips, more service in store for Community Transit

The agency is reallocating 4,000 service hours that will be saved by ending commuter routes at Northgate.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stanwood city staff think a spur on the west end of town could disburse traffic away from downtown. Corridor A is one idea being considered. (City of Stanwood)

Could a bypass clear highway traffic in downtown Stanwood?

The connection would skirt west of downtown from Highway 532 north toward Old Pacific Highway.

Stanwood city staff think a spur on the west end of town could disburse traffic away from downtown. Corridor A is one idea being considered. (City of Stanwood)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

People with disabilities demand better sidewalks, transit

An initiative challenges elected officials to a week without driving in Snohomish County and elsewhere.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Traffic moves along I-405 between Highway 522 and Highway 527 where WSDOT received the approval to build a second express toll lane on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 in Bothell, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Second toll lanes coming to I-405 between Highways 522, 527

At the same time the highway gets expanded, Sound Transit is developing bus rapid transit lines.

Traffic moves along I-405 between Highway 522 and Highway 527 where WSDOT received the approval to build a second express toll lane on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 in Bothell, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars and pedestrians use the newly opened Harbour Reach Drive on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s new road offers slower parallel to Speedway

Harbour Reach Drive has one vehicle lane in each direction plus bike lanes and sidewalks.

Cars and pedestrians use the newly opened Harbour Reach Drive on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars wait to take a right onto to Highway 528 off of the Exit 199 as eastbound traffic drives by on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s hurry up and wait coming off I-5 at Fourth in Marysville

For now, drivers heading east must be patient at the red light when turning right to head east.

Cars wait to take a right onto to Highway 528 off of the Exit 199 as eastbound traffic drives by on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A section of sidewalk along Marine Drive in Tulalip buckled under the 100-degree heat in late June. (Snohomish County Public Works)

Heat wave melted county roads, buckled sidewalks

Extreme temperatures in late June, likely a result of climate change, damaged asphalt and concrete.

A section of sidewalk along Marine Drive in Tulalip buckled under the 100-degree heat in late June. (Snohomish County Public Works)
Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe places his bike onto the Community Transit 201 bus rack on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lessons in biking and busing to a Snohomish County campground

Don’t pick a route almost entirely uphill and along a single-lane highway without shoulders.

Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe places his bike onto the Community Transit 201 bus rack on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars headed north on Highway 9 line up south of the light at 30th Street on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No quick solutions to Highway 9 commute through Snohomish

Some drivers try shortcuts that frustrate neighbors and add to the gridlock in the area.

Cars headed north on Highway 9 line up south of the light at 30th Street on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)