Transportation

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A federal grant will help pay for the cost of adding a charging station to the Clinton ferry terminal.

Federal money to help electrify Clinton ferry dock

The Federal Transit Administration awarded state ferries a $4.9 million grant to help electrify the Mukilteo-Clinton route.

 

Community Transit is leasing a 60-foot articulated BYD battery electric bus this year as an early step in the zero emission planning process. (Community Transit)

Community Transit testing 60-foot electric bus

The agency leased the BYD K11M for $132,000 this year as the first step in its zero-emission planning process.

 

Construction continues on the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Paved path, plaza coming to Mountlake Terrace near light rail

The public space additions are envisioned as boosting access to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

 

Construction crews work on the Lynnwood Light rail station on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sound Transit asserts Bellevue-Redmond line won’t delay Lynnwood light rail

Its board approved $6 million to study an East Link “starter line.” Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell said: “Snohomish County wants to ride, too.”

Construction crews work on the Lynnwood Light rail station on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
U.S. 2 will be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday for Snohomish County Public Utility District crews to replace poles between 178th Street SE and Reiter Road. (Snohomish County PUD)

PUD pole replacements to close U.S. 2 overnight near Gold Bar

The highway will close 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday between 178th Street SE and Reiter Road.

U.S. 2 will be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday for Snohomish County Public Utility District crews to replace poles between 178th Street SE and Reiter Road. (Snohomish County PUD)
A white lane line juts out of place along I-5 northbound through Everett on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wonky I-5 lane striping in Everett to get temporary refresh

During weekend work, contractor crews are slated to try to repaint northbound temporary lane striping past 41st Street.

A white lane line juts out of place along I-5 northbound through Everett on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Orange traffic barrels direct drivers away from a section of I-5 that recently buckled causing major traffic backups along the interstate on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After I-5 backups last week, WSDOT plans weekend work in Everett

Concrete panel replacement is scheduled to resume this weekend, which means lane reductions and closures.

Orange traffic barrels direct drivers away from a section of I-5 that recently buckled causing major traffic backups along the interstate on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Southbound Interstate 405 was closed Tuesday morning after a person died in a multiple vehicle collision near Highway 527. (Washington State Patrol)

1 killed in 6-vehicle crash on I-405

A driver was in a collision and got out of his vehicle when another driver struck and killed him, state troopers said.

Southbound Interstate 405 was closed Tuesday morning after a person died in a multiple vehicle collision near Highway 527. (Washington State Patrol)
Traffic from Costco turns left onto 24th Street SE past a closed South Lake Stevens Road on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

South Lake Stevens Road spur still closed, could open in February

A reader asked when the segment would open because it will cut almost 1.5 miles from his daily bike commute.

Traffic from Costco turns left onto 24th Street SE past a closed South Lake Stevens Road on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students load onto the 116 Community Transit bus after school on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in front of Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Early Community Transit data shows youth ridership bump

After adopting free fare for riders 18 and under in September, youth ridership accounted for 11% to 28% on 13 routes.

Students load onto the 116 Community Transit bus after school on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in front of Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Decisions on light rail, buses and more loom in 2023

Snohomish County’s top transportation stories include Sound Transit Link, bus agency changes and highway shifts.

Traffic moves northbound on Highway 525 past an empty ferry lane on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Even with new terminal, old Highway 525 ferry lane staying put

A reader asked if there were plans to turn the lane on the hill south of 5th Street into a bike and pedestrian space.

Traffic moves northbound on Highway 525 past an empty ferry lane on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Traffics moves slowly along I-5 through Everett on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Icy Sea-Tac tops ‘Misery Map,’ in prelude to worst of holiday gridlock

The predicted third-busiest holiday travel season since 2000 faces a wintry mix of traffic jams and flight issues.

Traffics moves slowly along I-5 through Everett on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The former ferry holding lanes are repaved and getting ready for cars in Mukilteo, Washington on August 16, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Port’s parking lot in Mukilteo may not open until spring

The permit process, which required a traffic study and other analyses, is taking longer than the Port of Everett hoped.

The former ferry holding lanes are repaved and getting ready for cars in Mukilteo, Washington on August 16, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Construction workers walk along the underside of the Lynnwood Link light rail tracks on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lynnwood light rail could sit unused for months

The Sound Transit board is considering the sequence for four upcoming light rail projects after pandemic and strike delays.

Construction workers walk along the underside of the Lynnwood Link light rail tracks on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Conceptual rendering for a future section of Smokey Point Boulevard between 174th Place NE and 200th Street NE. (City of Arlington)

Arlington to host open houses on Smokey Point Boulevard

Open houses are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. There’s also an online survey.

Conceptual rendering for a future section of Smokey Point Boulevard between 174th Place NE and 200th Street NE. (City of Arlington)
Crews will reduce lanes and eventually close northbound Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville this week to work on a bridge overpass girder. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Overnight lane closures, I-5 detour set between Everett, Marysville

Crews need to replace a girder on the 12th Street NE bridge that was damaged by an overheight load in September 2021.

Crews will reduce lanes and eventually close northbound Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville this week to work on a bridge overpass girder. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Traffic moves northbound on I-5 through Everett on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Grinding work still needed for I-5 through Everett

Construction crews need warmer temps for the work to remove what a reader described as “mini raised speed bumps.”

Traffic moves northbound on I-5 through Everett on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Eric Wilkinson, a Community Transit driver of 17 years, departs from Seaway Transit Center in an empty 280 bus Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Wilkinson said he usually has about 5 passengers from Boeing on the bus to Granite Falls, but had none Friday because Boeing was closed for the holiday weekend. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Driver shortage prompts Community Transit’s trip cut proposal

Reducing service, by 78 trips total on 9 routes, could make for more reliable arrivals and departures in March.

Eric Wilkinson, a Community Transit driver of 17 years, departs from Seaway Transit Center in an empty 280 bus Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Wilkinson said he usually has about 5 passengers from Boeing on the bus to Granite Falls, but had none Friday because Boeing was closed for the holiday weekend. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Bird scooters lined up along the intersection of Colby Avenue and Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bird scooters removed from Everett bridge overhang

A prankster, or pranksters, lugged the electrified rides to an area not meant for the public on the Grand Avenue Park Bridge.

Bird scooters lined up along the intersection of Colby Avenue and Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)