Transportation

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

In close vote, Lynnwood council plans to end $40 car-tab fee

Members voted 4-3 to end fees that fund road work. With an election Tuesday, the matter might not be settled.

Construction along 196th Street SW in Lynnwood on October 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett to get wireless electric bus chargers via grants

The city is set to benefit from over $2 million in state investments for electric vehicle charging.

Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bikers ride along a segment of the Interurban Trail during a  Leafline Trail Coalition and Snohomish County Transportation Coalition hosted "policy" ride on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cyclists highlight Interurban Trail needs before light rail arrival

Leafline Trails Coalition, Snohomish County Transportation Coalition and others toured some trail gaps.

Bikers ride along a segment of the Interurban Trail during a  Leafline Trail Coalition and Snohomish County Transportation Coalition hosted "policy" ride on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / 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)

Union: Community Transit vaccine mandate puts jobs in ‘jeopardy’

Meanwhile, at King County Metro, a similar mandate has significantly boosted vaccination rates.

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)

Everett, Smokey Point rest areas closed for 2021

WSDOT announced the closures were due to ongoing maintenance, staffing and vandalism problems.

The Kitsap prepares to make a crossing from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Ferry-geddon: Sailings from Mukilteo, Edmonds cut in half

The state blames route cuts on COVID factors and not enough staff. The vaccine mandate is a factor.

The Kitsap prepares to make a crossing from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
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)

Northgate light rail frees buses for Snohomish County routes

Community Transit is using the change to imagine service when light rail reaches Snohomish County.

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)
Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

A third of ferry sailings cancelled due to crew shortages

Slashed service could persist in Mukilteo, Edmonds and elsewhere. It’s unprecedented, officials said.

Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

Community Transit issues vaccine requirement for employees

It starts with new hires this week, a vaccine or weekly negative test by Oct. 18, and full compliance by Jan. 1.

Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210
Crews will begin preservation work on the the Stillaguamish Bridge starting April 12. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Southbound I-5 bridge over Stilly River to reopen Tuesday

Closed since June for paint and preservation work, two of the three lanes were to be reopened this week.

Crews will begin preservation work on the the Stillaguamish Bridge starting April 12. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
A bicyclist navigates car traffic while riding south along 100th Avenue West toward the intersection with Highway 104 on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bike lanes proposal could cut two vehicle lanes in Edmonds

Two options before the City Council would reduce at least one vehicle lane along 100th Avenue W.

A bicyclist navigates car traffic while riding south along 100th Avenue West toward the intersection with Highway 104 on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

That jerk who cuts in the ferry line can be fined $139

Meanwhile, the state has ended the 877-764-HERO program, whereby the public could report violators.

The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Work on the Lynnwood light rail extension could require the closure of the Highway 104 and I-5 interchange near Mountlake Terrace for two nights and mornings this week. (Sound Transit)

Overnight interruptions set for I-5, Highway 104 interchange

Work on the Lynnwood light rail extension requires the ramps to be closed to traffic for two nights.

Work on the Lynnwood light rail extension could require the closure of the Highway 104 and I-5 interchange near Mountlake Terrace for two nights and mornings this week. (Sound Transit)