Transportation

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
A map of alternative routes and stations for the Sound Transit light rail extension from Lynnwood to Everett. (Sound Transit)

City of Everett outlines light rail priorities for 2037

Per a letter to Sound Transit, the mayor and planning director say they want four stations open as soon as possible.

A map of alternative routes and stations for the Sound Transit light rail extension from Lynnwood to Everett. (Sound Transit)
A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Community Transit, Everett agree to study consolidation

A final report to the Community Transit board and Everett City Council is due by mid-2023. Then voters could decide.

A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
A car breaks and waits for traffic to pass before turning onto 123rd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Can roundabouts, lower speed limit make 84th Street NE safer?

Maybe, but transportation and disability advocates want design features to make crossing safe.

A car breaks and waits for traffic to pass before turning onto 123rd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.

Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

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Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.
Alternatives for the West Alderwood light rail station. (Sound Transit)

Where should Everett Link light rail line and stations go?

East or west of I-5? How close to Alderwood mall, Boeing or Paine Field? Sound Transit wants input.

Alternatives for the West Alderwood light rail station. (Sound Transit)
Students unload from a school bus on Evergreen Way Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 10, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Even on Evergreen Way, drivers can’t pass a stopped school bus

Everett school bus drivers say some aren’t always following the rules around their buses and students.

Students unload from a school bus on Evergreen Way Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 10, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Construction along 196th Street SW in Lynnwood on October 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood’s $40 vehicle license fee survives with mayoral veto

The Lynnwood City Council did not have the five votes necessary to undo Mayor Nicola Smith’s veto.

Construction along 196th Street SW in Lynnwood on October 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Highway 528 intersection signal work could disrupt traffic

Marysville is installing new signals at Highway 528 and 67th Avenue NE. Work is set through late November.

Drivers hoping to take the eastbound Highway 104 ramp to northbound I-5 will need to follow a detour Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. (Sound Transit)

Light rail work to close Highway 104 ramp to I-5 Tuesday night

A detour takes drivers to 56th Avenue W, then north to 220th Street SW and back to I-5 North.

Drivers hoping to take the eastbound Highway 104 ramp to northbound I-5 will need to follow a detour Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. (Sound Transit)
Leigh Spruce navigates from of the ramp cutouts and crosswalks at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Too many sidewalks aren’t built for people with disabilities

After the Week Without Driving challenge, our transportation columnist reflects on a recent scene in Everett.

Leigh Spruce navigates from of the ramp cutouts and crosswalks at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3 miles by ferry, but these days a round trip can take 5 hours

Reporter Andrea Brown commuted on the “20-minute” sailing between Mukilteo and Clinton. Service is taking a toll.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Being car-less means cold waits, long trips: It’s ‘exhausting’

The Week Without Driving challenged policymakers and planning professionals to ditch their vehicles.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)