Transportation

Two EV charging stations are unveiled at a ribbon cutting outside of PUD headquarters on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

PUD fast-charging EV stations in Everett ready for drivers

A state grant with money from the Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement helped fund the the project.

Two EV charging stations are unveiled at a ribbon cutting outside of PUD headquarters on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Workers install two new EV charging stations along California Street on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the PUD headquarters in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Public electric vehicle chargers come to downtown Everett

They’re the first Level 3 chargers in north Everett and the Snohomish County PUD’s first for public use. More could follow.

Workers install two new EV charging stations along California Street on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the PUD headquarters in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
An Amtrak train rolls westbound along the White Rock, B.C. waterfront. File photo

Passenger train between Vancouver and Seattle to resume in September

Passenger-train service between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, WA. is set to resume in September for the first time since the start of the pandemic. It’s… Continue reading

An Amtrak train rolls westbound along the White Rock, B.C. waterfront. File photo
Officials gather outside two of Everett’s electric buses to discuss the new BattGenie system on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Everett Transit bus yard in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Old batteries get new life as Everett Transit backup energy

Company BattGenie set up a container with dozens of used electric bus batteries that charge during non-peak times.

Officials gather outside two of Everett’s electric buses to discuss the new BattGenie system on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Everett Transit bus yard in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / 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 moves toward no fares for youth riders

Spurred by the Legislature’s transportation package, the agency is looking to implement the policy this fall.

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)
Arlington Public Works employees use The Big Sidewalk Sucker to lift a concrete panel from the sidewalk. The device saves the city some money and time to level ground below the concrete. (Arlington Public Works)

This thing sucks and helps repair sidewalks in Arlington

Public works crews can remove heavy concrete panels from sidewalks, so the ground underneath can be restored.

Arlington Public Works employees use The Big Sidewalk Sucker to lift a concrete panel from the sidewalk. The device saves the city some money and time to level ground below the concrete. (Arlington Public Works)
People wait for cars to pass by before crossing over US 2 to get to Eagle Falls on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Index, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Leave extra early or late to avoid Independence Day travel rush

Hitting the road Thursday could help skirt most of the projected traffic, whether you’re driving or taking a ferry.

People wait for cars to pass by before crossing over US 2 to get to Eagle Falls on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Index, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Washington state license plates prices increase July 1

The price of a new plate will rise from $10 to $50, and replacing a lost plate will increase from $10 to $30.

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Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett set to add bridges, 75th Street bike project to $5 billion plan

A six-year transportation improvement program’s annual update included bridges for Broadway and Lowell Snohomish River Road.

Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Staff are evaluating two more light rail alternatives for the Everett Link extension. One would follow Interstate 5 north of 128th Street SW to the Everett Mall and back to the freeway. Another would go west of 128th Street SW to Highway 99 and north to Casino Road. (Sound Transit)

Everett light rail study adds I-5, Evergreen Way options

Both options negate the spur along Airport Road to the Boeing and Paine Field area long supported by county leaders.

Staff are evaluating two more light rail alternatives for the Everett Link extension. One would follow Interstate 5 north of 128th Street SW to the Everett Mall and back to the freeway. Another would go west of 128th Street SW to Highway 99 and north to Casino Road. (Sound Transit)
Edmonds is overhauling Highway 99's feel and look. Starting in June, work will begin to remove the center left turn lane and replace it with a 20-inch tall curb median with trees and left-turn pockets. (Edmonds)

Work begins to remove Highway 99 center turn lane in Edmonds

Tree-lined curb medians and turn pockets will replace the shared left turn lane by next year.

Edmonds is overhauling Highway 99's feel and look. Starting in June, work will begin to remove the center left turn lane and replace it with a 20-inch tall curb median with trees and left-turn pockets. (Edmonds)
Julie Timm

Julie Timm gets 3-year deal as Sound Transit’s new CEO

Timm is set to start a three-year term in September. She is currently CEO of a regional transit system in Virginia.

Julie Timm

No fares for Skagit Transit passengers 18 and under

The Skagit County-based agency changed its policy in light of the latest state transportation package.

Drivers navigate through traffic at the intersection of Highway 9 and SR-204 on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lots of Lake Stevens road work ahead on highways 9, 204

The state is building four roundabouts near Frontier Village to help manage traffic and improve pedestrian access.

Drivers navigate through traffic at the intersection of Highway 9 and SR-204 on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Some parking spaces at the Lynnwood Transit Center have closed and will remain so through spring 2023. New parking opened north of 200th Street SW and west of 44th Avenue W. (Sound Transit)

Parking spaces closed, others open at Lynnwood Transit Center

Work on Sound Transit’s light rail station and parking garage requires the closures through spring 2023.

Some parking spaces at the Lynnwood Transit Center have closed and will remain so through spring 2023. New parking opened north of 200th Street SW and west of 44th Avenue W. (Sound Transit)
Leafline Trails Coalition's vision for over 900 miles of trails would improve connections across King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. (Leafline Trails Coalition)

Group envisions robust links for Centennial Trail

Leafline Trail Coalition’s map has over 900 miles through King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Leafline Trails Coalition's vision for over 900 miles of trails would improve connections across King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. (Leafline Trails Coalition)
A puzzle is back on a ferry table on the Mukilteo-Clinton route. Community jigsaw puzzles, a passenger pastime on most routes, were removed during COVID. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Your chance to quiz those who are running the ferry system

Washington State Ferries is holding another round of virtual meetings for updates and questions.

A puzzle is back on a ferry table on the Mukilteo-Clinton route. Community jigsaw puzzles, a passenger pastime on most routes, were removed during COVID. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
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Date to reopen West Seattle Bridge set for mid-September

The bridge abruptly closed in 2020 and is planned to be reopened the week of Sept. 12.

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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)

Despite pleas, Community Transit sticks with vaccine policy

Current and former employees asked the board and CEO to rescind a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

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)
A vehicle turns left, westbound on 35th Ave SE from Seattle Hill Rd in Mill Creek, Washington on June 2, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Crash history limits left turns at Mill Creek traffic signal

Drivers on 35th Avenue SE hoping to turn left onto Seattle Hill Road have different phasing if they’re going east or west.

A vehicle turns left, westbound on 35th Ave SE from Seattle Hill Rd in Mill Creek, Washington on June 2, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)