Transportation

Northbound view of Evergreen Way at Casino Rd on Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 17, 2021.    (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Traffic cameras get the green light from Everett council

Some City Council members and residents continue to question the equity of the planned red-light and school-speed-zone program.

Northbound view of Evergreen Way at Casino Rd on Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 17, 2021.    (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Drivers head northbound on I-5 through Everett on Thursday night. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Are headlights brighter? No, but they can feel like it

Light from modern vehicles often appear brighter and can cause worse glare. But new tech could help.

Drivers head northbound on I-5 through Everett on Thursday night. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Alaska Airlines cancels dozens of flights as pilots picket

So far flights out of Paine Field in Everett have been unaffected. No picketing was seen there Friday.

Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / 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)

Concrete-driver strike affecting Lynnwood light rail work

Union members have held out for better benefits and pay since December. Missed concrete deliveries have delayed work.

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)
Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

During the pandemic, roadside trash piled up in Washington

One reader noticed more litter along Highway 522. Cleaning up is a team effort of state agencies, volunteers and inmates.

Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Governor Jay Inslee signs SB 5974 into law during a bill signing Friday, March 25, 2022, outside the ferry terminal in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Governor signs $17B spending package for state transportation system

Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrat lawmakers call it transformative at an event at the Mukilteo ferry terminal.

Governor Jay Inslee signs SB 5974 into law during a bill signing Friday, March 25, 2022, outside the ferry terminal in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With money secured, study underway for I-5, U.S. 2 interchange options

The Everett City Council approved a $2 million contract to find alternative designs for the highly trafficked spot.

The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A BNSF train crosses Grove St/72nd St, NE in Marysville, Washington on March 17, 2022. Marysville recently got funding for design work for an overcrossing at the intersection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State funds to bridge the gap for Marysville rail crossings

The city’s getting $5 million for the Grove Street overcrossing and $500,000 for 156th Street NE.

A BNSF train crosses Grove St/72nd St, NE in Marysville, Washington on March 17, 2022. Marysville recently got funding for design work for an overcrossing at the intersection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A ferry worker gazes back at the Mukilteo ferry terminal as the vessel departs the dock. (Photo by David Welton)

Mukilteo-Clinton ferry a high priority for restored service

Each route has to go through several stages before service is restored to pre-pandemic levels.

A ferry worker gazes back at the Mukilteo ferry terminal as the vessel departs the dock. (Photo by David Welton)
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)

How to weigh in on Everett light rail’s route and stations

Sound Transit wants your feedback on possible Link rail and station locations.

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)
Vehicles travel along Highway 9, just south of 84th St NE on Friday, March 11, 2022, near Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Rough and rumbly section of Highway 9 set for emergency repairs

The road between Arlington and Lake Stevens has cracks and potholes. An emergency repairs contract is in the works.

Vehicles travel along Highway 9, just south of 84th St NE on Friday, March 11, 2022, near Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Clockwise from top left: The Mukilteo ferry terminal, a bike rider in Wenberg County Park in Stanwood, A Sound Transit bus at the Northgate light rail station in Seattle, and the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens. (Herald file)

Dems push through sweeping $17B state transportation package

Around $600 million will be poured into Snohomish County projects, including a U.S. 2 trestle replacement.

Clockwise from top left: The Mukilteo ferry terminal, a bike rider in Wenberg County Park in Stanwood, A Sound Transit bus at the Northgate light rail station in Seattle, and the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens. (Herald file)
Two cyclists head eastbound along the Highway 2 trestle path Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett eyeing $1.35M to expand bike paths east of Broadway

The city could build bike-only paths and sidewalks on Fulton Street between California Street and Pacific Avenue.

Two cyclists head eastbound along the Highway 2 trestle path Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Clockwise from top left: Digital rendering of the future Colby Tower in Everett (Tim Corpus), 2019 housing construction in Sultan (Olivia Vanni), apartments and condominiums being constructed near Alderwood mall in 2021 (Olivia Vanni), Urban Center Apartments in Lynnwood (Kevin Clark), and Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction in August 2020 in Lynnwood (Olivia Vanni)

By 2044, Snohomish County population projected at 1.1 million

The county is planning how to accommodate newcomers. Here are four takeaways from newly adopted growth targets.

Clockwise from top left: Digital rendering of the future Colby Tower in Everett (Tim Corpus), 2019 housing construction in Sultan (Olivia Vanni), apartments and condominiums being constructed near Alderwood mall in 2021 (Olivia Vanni), Urban Center Apartments in Lynnwood (Kevin Clark), and Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction in August 2020 in Lynnwood (Olivia Vanni)
A public art bike rack is seen on the streets as a bus pulls up to a bus stop along Broadway Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

What are those green bulbs at Everett bus stops?

The bike racks are functional public art by artist Brian Borello, who made 22 for the city.

A public art bike rack is seen on the streets as a bus pulls up to a bus stop along Broadway Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
U.S. 2 across Stevens Pass was closed Monday morning due to avalanche danger. (WSDOT)

Stevens Pass reopens after avalanche danger

Both mountain passes across I-90 and U.S. 2 were shut off to travelers Monday morning.

U.S. 2 across Stevens Pass was closed Monday morning due to avalanche danger. (WSDOT)
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Short-staffed Community Transit to cut 164 spring bus trips

The agency lost 8% of its drivers over a vaccine requirement. Hiring for those spots takes 12 to 16 weeks.

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Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As Lake Stevens braces for Costco traffic, Highway 9 gets new roundabout

Expect traffic disruptions and weekend closures as crews build the roundabout at Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road.

Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Senate advances funding piece of $17B transportation package

State Democrats crafted the proposal that proposes roughly $600M of state investments in Snohomish County over 16 years.

A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Driver shortage cuts bus routes between Snohomish, King counties

Sound Transit cut 18 daily trips on express routes through March 19. Meanwhile, Community Transit is hiring.

A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)