Transportation

Lynnwood Public Works employees on the snow plow crew sit in front of one of the city's two plows that will be named based on results of an online public vote. (City of Lynnwood)

Lynnwood snow plow names: Snowbi Wan Kenobi, Plowy McPlowface

They got the two highest votes in an online public survey by Lynnwood Public Works.

 

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.

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)
After almost four days closed as heavy snow and avalanche risk was cleared, Interstate 90's Snoqualmie Pass reopened Sunday night. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Blewett, Snoqualmie passes to reopen; Stevens Pass still closed

I-90 and U.S. 97 across the mountains would reopen to freight first Sunday. Stevens Pass may not reopen until Wednesday.

After almost four days closed as heavy snow and avalanche risk was cleared, Interstate 90's Snoqualmie Pass reopened Sunday night. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

U.S. 2 update: Stevens Pass won’t open before Tuesday

The state Department of Transportation doesn’t expect U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass to open before Tuesday. Snow slides have created piles up… Continue reading

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island in August. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Speak up and listen up at virtual ferry community meetings

Officials will give updates on ferry delays and the alternate service plan.

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island in August. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Landslide between Edmonds and Mukilteo cancels Sounder train

Riders can board special buses in Seattle to get to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett.

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)
Community Transit is looking to hire 100 new employees this year. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Community Transit vaccine holdouts face a ticking clock

Dozens of workers at Snohomish County’s public transit agency declined a COVID vaccine, in spite of a Jan. 1 deadline.

Community Transit is looking to hire 100 new employees this year. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
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)

Community Transit offers free rides on New Year’s Eve

King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Seattle Streetcar and Sound Transit are also suspending fare collection that day.

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)
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)
Heavy snow welcomes people to the slopes and scenery of Stevens Pass Wednesday afternoon on December 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snow, single digits in the forecast for Everett

Prepare for chaotic holiday traffic and high energy bills. Also, Snohomish County has five cold weather shelters.

Heavy snow welcomes people to the slopes and scenery of Stevens Pass Wednesday afternoon on December 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, lawmakers set for another court battle on veto powers

In a new suit, the Legislature contends two of the governor’s vetoes were unconstitutional.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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)
The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020

Mukilteo’s next ferry, a hybrid-electric, will be called Wishkah

The name has ties to indigenous culture and a Nirvana album. In English, it means “stinking water.”

The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020
The Wishkah River near high tide in Aberdeen on Friday. (Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)

Next Washington state ferry will be called Wishkah

The name honors the river flowing south from the Olympic foothills into Grays Harbor.

The Wishkah River near high tide in Aberdeen on Friday. (Thorin Sprandel | Grays Harbor News Group)
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)
The Granite Falls Bridge is seen in the days of yore and today.

Granite Falls group urges preservation of bridge slated for demo

Bridge 102 just east of Granite Falls was built in 1934. It has withstood quakes but might not survive time.

The Granite Falls Bridge is seen in the days of yore and today.
Marko Liias

Sen. Liias lands key role in state transportation policy

He’ll chair a transportation committee that decides how billions of dollars are spent on roads, bridges, buses and more.

Marko Liias