Transportation

Mark Horton has been a consistent vanpool participant for 30 years – that’s almost as long as the Island Transit vanpool program has existed.

Why I Ride

Julie and Staci, Island Transit’s program coordinators, are big fans of Mark…

 

Mark Horton has been a consistent vanpool participant for 30 years – almost as long as the Island Transit vanpool program has existed!

Why I Ride: Saving time and money with a Vanpool

Julie and Staci, Island Transit’s program coordinators, are big fans of Mark…

 

WSDOT is set to begin work building a second northbound lane on Highway 9 from Market Place to Fourth Street NE.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Months-long work on Highway 9 coming for Lake Stevens

Crews will soon begin building a second northbound Highway 9 lane near Market Place.

 

Crews will begin preservation work on the the Stillaguamish Bridge starting April 12. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Work on I-5 Stilly River bridge will mean summer slowdowns

The speed limit for both directions over the river is down to 55 mph due to repainting and metal work.

Crews will begin preservation work on the the Stillaguamish Bridge starting April 12. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

U.S. 2 bridge work and lane closure set for this weekend

Drivers should expect backups as they approach the Pilchuck River bridge near Snohomish.

Lynnwood light rail work to close Interurban Trail section

The bike and pedestrian path will have a detour in place while construction closes it for 10 months.

With other officials behind her, u.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) speaks at a press conference underneath the US 2 trestle on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The elected officials gathered  to make their case for how an injection of federal funds into the nation’s transportation infrastructure could lead to less congested and safer commutes for Snohomish County residents. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Federal aid sought to give aging U.S. 2 trestle a facelift

Standing near the westbound span, members of Congress said they’ll seek funding in a transportation bill.

With other officials behind her, u.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) speaks at a press conference underneath the US 2 trestle on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The elected officials gathered  to make their case for how an injection of federal funds into the nation’s transportation infrastructure could lead to less congested and safer commutes for Snohomish County residents. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A map of the detour for eastbound Highway 104 drivers from I-5 in the coming weeks during Sound Transit light rail work. (Sound Transit)

Light rail work could disrupt I-5 drivers near Lynnwood

Building the light rail extension requires the closure of an off-ramp to Highway 104 in coming weeks.

A map of the detour for eastbound Highway 104 drivers from I-5 in the coming weeks during Sound Transit light rail work. (Sound Transit)
This Dec. 16, 2017 photo shows passengers lounging in the observation car of Amtrak's Coast Starlight on the way from Los Angeles to Seattle. The scenic 35-hour route travels from southern California to Seattle. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

Amtrak resumes routes, including Everett Empire Builder stop

Increased routes will include trips between Seattle and Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and Eugene.

This Dec. 16, 2017 photo shows passengers lounging in the observation car of Amtrak's Coast Starlight on the way from Los Angeles to Seattle. The scenic 35-hour route travels from southern California to Seattle. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
Late-night commuters who rely on a Mountlake Terrace exit from northbound I-5 will need to use a detour Thursday evening and Friday morning. Sound Transit light rail work is closing the off ramp. (Sound Transit)

Mountlake Terrace I-5 off ramp to close for light rail work

The northbound 236th Street SW exit is scheduled to close late Thursday for six hours.

Late-night commuters who rely on a Mountlake Terrace exit from northbound I-5 will need to use a detour Thursday evening and Friday morning. Sound Transit light rail work is closing the off ramp. (Sound Transit)

E-bikes are booming, whether or not we’re ready

Sales have spiked the past several years. In Snohomish County, they’re expected to gain popularity.

Crews contracted by the Washington State Department of Transportation for pavement work on the U.S. 2 bridge over the Pilchuck River are set to close one lane this weekend to replace and install expansion joints. (WSDOT)

U.S. 2 Pilchuck River bridge closure and work delayed

The Pilchuck River bridge east of Highway 9 was set to close to one lane this weekend.

Crews contracted by the Washington State Department of Transportation for pavement work on the U.S. 2 bridge over the Pilchuck River are set to close one lane this weekend to replace and install expansion joints. (WSDOT)
The Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry route will only have one vessel until late June, Washington State Ferries announced after an engine fire on one vessel and ongoing crew shortages. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

Coupeville ferry route down to one boat through June 27

Another delay in two-boat service means Coupeville ferry riders should expect long waits until June.

The Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry route will only have one vessel until late June, Washington State Ferries announced after an engine fire on one vessel and ongoing crew shortages. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)
Herald Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe and Edmonds City Councilman Luke Distelhorst tour planned new bike lanes on Bowdoin Way on Tuesday morning in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds will add more bike lanes, reduce some street parking

The city will use a $1.85 million grant from Sound Transit to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections.

Herald Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe and Edmonds City Councilman Luke Distelhorst tour planned new bike lanes on Bowdoin Way on Tuesday morning in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bikes Club of Snohomish County on Grand Ave on their way from Everett waterfront to Snohomish Thursday morning on April 29, 2021.
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Healthy Streets’ not coming back, but Everett plans bike work

Staff review road projects for low-cost way to improve bike infrastructure. Advocates want more.

Bikes Club of Snohomish County on Grand Ave on their way from Everett waterfront to Snohomish Thursday morning on April 29, 2021.
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A walk-on passenger uses the plank to board a ferry at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. Monday was the first day for the new walk-on service as opposed to the previous method of boarding, using the car ramp ahead of loading cars. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Two legs or four: All welcome to board Mukilteo’s ferry ramp

The new overhead gangplank opened Monday. Four months after the terminal opened, traffic safety has improved.

A walk-on passenger uses the plank to board a ferry at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. Monday was the first day for the new walk-on service as opposed to the previous method of boarding, using the car ramp ahead of loading cars. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee wants one more thing: An extra nickel at the gas pump

He’s ready to call lawmakers back for a special session to get money for the new climate change bills.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Looking east from the Highway 9 the overpass over U.S. 2 in Snohomish on Tuesday afternoon January 8, 2019. Median barriers are in planning. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

U.S. 2 segment’s median barriers in place, bridge work ahead

The dividers are intended to reduce crashes. Pilchuck River bridge joints, meanwhile, will be replaced.

Looking east from the Highway 9 the overpass over U.S. 2 in Snohomish on Tuesday afternoon January 8, 2019. Median barriers are in planning. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The passenger loading ramp at the Mukilteo terminal is expected to be fully operational on Monday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

First time ever: Mukilteo ferry walk-ons get their own ramp

The new terminal’s passenger loading walkway opens Monday. Expect delays as road paving continues.

The passenger loading ramp at the Mukilteo terminal is expected to be fully operational on Monday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
WSDOT Environmental Manager Rob Woeck stands next to an Edgecomb Creek outlet that runs underneath the Burlington Northern railroad on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Arlington, Wa. This overgrown outlet is the only way for spawning salmon to get to the revitalized spawning grounds of Edgecomb Creek. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

House passes cap-and-trade with a link for a gas tax hike

As wrangling over climate change policy continues, a major transportation package is pronounced dead.

WSDOT Environmental Manager Rob Woeck stands next to an Edgecomb Creek outlet that runs underneath the Burlington Northern railroad on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Arlington, Wa. This overgrown outlet is the only way for spawning salmon to get to the revitalized spawning grounds of Edgecomb Creek. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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