Street Smarts

The Snow Goose Transit bus at one of it's stops outside of the Lincoln Hill Retirement Community on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Catch a free bus between Camano, Stanwood, Smokey Point

Snow Goose Transit runs on weekdays, offering 15 stops and — for those with mobility issues — door-to-door service.

 

Inches of snow cover roads Saturday afternoon in downtown Edmonds, Washington on February 13, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After snowstorms, cities make a roadmap for next time

Meanwhile, Lynnwood was inundated with entries in a contest to name a city plow. One idea? Plowy McPlowface.

 

Traffic moves along 172nd Street NE near the intersection at 23rd Avenue NE on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Development led to frequent street cleaning near Smokey Point

Work on a possible residential development tracked dirt onto the road. Marysville made the company clean it.

 

The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Light rail’s effects lead 2022’s transportation outlook

Once the cars reach Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, bus service and traffic could shift dramatically.

The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Reflections on a year of driving less, bike and bus plans ahead

A lot of people chimed in with encouragement, experiences and advice on how to do active transportation.

Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
At the Snohomish County Parking Garage, 3010 Oakes Ave., Everett, electric vehicles can get a charge. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Commission worries electric cars outpacing gas tax swap

Lawmakers have had the recommendation to implement the road usage charge since 2020.

At the Snohomish County Parking Garage, 3010 Oakes Ave., Everett, electric vehicles can get a charge. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
A construction worker crosses the street at two buses pull into the Lynnwood Transit Center on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community Transit asks what current, potential riders want in 2024

Light rail is expected to let the agency redeploy service hours by ending routes that went into Seattle.

A construction worker crosses the street at two buses pull into the Lynnwood Transit Center on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Community Transit, Everett agree to study consolidation

A final report to the Community Transit board and Everett City Council is due by mid-2023. Then voters could decide.

A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
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)

Can roundabouts, lower speed limit make 84th Street NE safer?

Maybe, but transportation and disability advocates want design features to make crossing safe.

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)
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.

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

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