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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
Everett reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras

Everett reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras

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

Everett reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras
Highway projects wrapping up; some will carry over to 2020

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.

Highway projects wrapping up; some will carry over to 2020
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)
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