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Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers

Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers

State law requires drivers move over at least 3 feet to pass cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.

Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers
Is a little order in order at a busy on-ramp near Tulalip?

Is a little order in order at a busy on-ramp near Tulalip?

A reader’s question resurfaced an old request for meter signals on 88th Street NE to southbound I-5.

Is a little order in order at a busy on-ramp near Tulalip?
Bus stop locations chosen for safety and convenience

Bus stop locations chosen for safety and convenience

A reader wondered why so many bus stops are on the far side of an intersection. It’s on purpose.

Bus stop locations chosen for safety and convenience
Is it legal for a vehicle to be longer than its parking spot?

Is it legal for a vehicle to be longer than its parking spot?

Yes. No. Maybe. Kind of. Sort of. It depends if traffic can move safely behind it.

Is it legal for a vehicle to be longer than its parking spot?
When other lights are red, what’s a flashing yellow arrow mean?

When other lights are red, what’s a flashing yellow arrow mean?

In Marysville’s busy and growing 116th Street NE area, a left-turn signal caused some confusion.

When other lights are red, what’s a flashing yellow arrow mean?
How are streets named? It depends

How are streets named? It depends

Naming a road probably requires city or county council approval — a long process across the county.

How are streets named? It depends
Some old Snohomish County road names are rural vestiges

Some old Snohomish County road names are rural vestiges

Roads with names aren’t uncommon. Some of the older ones’ namesakes are legacies of local history.

Some old Snohomish County road names are rural vestiges
DUIs, distracted driving numbers are down, remain a problem

DUIs, distracted driving numbers are down, remain a problem

Last year’s traffic enforcement and infraction data reveals we’re safer, but with room to improve.

DUIs, distracted driving numbers are down, remain a problem
Stricter child car seat law may mean longer booster seat use

Stricter child car seat law may mean longer booster seat use

An age increase for when a child can ditch a booster seat could mean new purchases for the family.

Stricter child car seat law may mean longer booster seat use
Starting today, vehicle emissions testing is history

Starting today, vehicle emissions testing is history

No more fretting about your beater. Air quality reached federal goals and is expected to improve.

Starting today, vehicle emissions testing is history
2020: Light rail, ferry terminal and possible transit merger

2020: Light rail, ferry terminal and possible transit merger

The major transportation stories to track in the coming year involve Everett, Lynnwood and Mukilteo.

2020: Light rail, ferry terminal and possible transit merger

Cleaning graffiti along our highways is a busy, dirty job

Four state workers spend 16 hours every week removing graffiti in King and Snohomish counties.

I want to discuss parking, traffic and transportation equity

I want to discuss parking, traffic and transportation equity

Street Smarts will continue as a resource for readers to get answers and will focus on justice.

I want to discuss parking, traffic and transportation equity
A new life in the HOV lane

A new life in the HOV lane

A new passenger is steering Street Smarts columnist Lizz Giordano away from The Daily Herald.

A new life in the HOV lane
The Interurban Railway: Everett’s first rapid transit line

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.

The Interurban Railway: Everett’s first rapid transit line
Plan ahead for smooth sailing (and driving) this Thanksgiving

Plan ahead for smooth sailing (and driving) this Thanksgiving

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

Plan ahead for smooth sailing (and driving) this Thanksgiving
Our bus routes could terminate at Northgate as soon as 2021

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.

Our bus routes could terminate at Northgate as soon as 2021

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

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.

Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet
Mountlake Terrace envisions a dense, walkable Town Center

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.

Mountlake Terrace envisions a dense, walkable Town Center
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