Transportation

Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

My pledge to drive a car less often is on shaky footing

But I finally have a transit fare card, and I worry less about the COVID-19 risk on buses.

 

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Leaders want pledge that Everett light rail will be on time

Sound Transit faces rising costs. Talk of “hard decisions” has Snohomish County officials concerned.

 

Everett Transit is staying fare-free through June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Everett Transit: Stay the same, grow, or merge and grow?

An online open house and survey explore how bus service should evolve — and how much it will cost.

 

Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)

Swap out studded tires or risk a $136 fine

March 31 is the last day you can legally use them. The state claims they cause up to $33M in damage.

Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)
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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017

PUD offers hundreds of dollars to some electric car buyers

People who buy qualifying electric cars and charging stations can get hundreds of dollars back.

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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017
Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)

Highway 526 and northbound I-5 ramps to close overnight

Starting Monday night, drivers should prepare for detours during closures for sign work in Everett.

Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)
Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gold Bar fire chief pleads for U.S. 2 traffic help from state

The highway’s long had backups. But now drivers are using apps that take them onto narrow side roads.

Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215

Study examines Everett-Whidbey passenger ferry service

So far, no government is seriously considering such a service, which would cost millions of dollars.

Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215
Buretta changes a faulty spark plug, getting a driver back on the road. (Lizz Giordano/ The Herald)

When your car’s in trouble, WSDOT ‘road angels’ to the rescue

The Incident Response Team clears collisions, debris and stalled vehicles to keep traffic moving.

Buretta changes a faulty spark plug, getting a driver back on the road. (Lizz Giordano/ The Herald)
A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Traffic-enforcement cameras are on Everett council agenda

The devices have generated millions of dollars of revenue for nearby Lynnwood over the past decade.

A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ric Ilgenfritz is the new CEO Community Transit. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Community Transit’s new CEO looks beyond the pandemic

Ric Ilgenfritz anticipates continued growth and more bus service adjustments as light rail extends north.

Ric Ilgenfritz is the new CEO Community Transit. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Inslee pauses local highway projects to fund culverts fix

Lawmakers and civic leaders were peeved. The move slows work on Highway 9 in Lake Stevens and I-5 in Everett.

Light rail work to close northbound I-5 in Mountlake Terrace

The overnight closures will happen late Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sound Transit projects ahead could need another $11.5 billion

Costs for construction and property have soared as revenue dropped during the pandemic.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Heavy rainfall, landslide risk prompts Sounder cancellations

Sound Transit suspended commuter rail service between Everett and Seattle through the week.

Dan Bates / The Herald
Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.
Dan Bates / The Herald
Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.

Mudslide cancels Sounder commuter train Monday

Commuters will need to take a bus or find another way to travel from Everett, Edmonds and Mukilteo.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Mukilteo ferry terminal makes a much anticipated debut

The $187 million project, which opened Tuesday evening, replaces a 63-year-old terminal nearby.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ferry passengers watch as logs are moved after a semitruck hauling large logs spilled its cargo on the ramp of the Edmonds ferry terminal, stranding the ferry Spokane at the dock, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Edmonds, Washington. Approximately 80 cars and passengers waited for hours for the logs to be cleared. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Truck spills a load of big logs on the ferry ramp in Edmonds

The MV Spokane was stranded by the accident, which disrupted schedules between Edmonds and Kingston.

Ferry passengers watch as logs are moved after a semitruck hauling large logs spilled its cargo on the ramp of the Edmonds ferry terminal, stranding the ferry Spokane at the dock, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Edmonds, Washington. Approximately 80 cars and passengers waited for hours for the logs to be cleared. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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