Transportation

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sound Transit projects ahead could need another $11.5 billion

Costs for construction and property have soared as revenue dropped during the pandemic.

 

Heavy rainfall, landslide risk prompts Sounder cancellations

Sound Transit suspended commuter rail service between Everett and Seattle through the week.

 

Mudslide cancels Sounder commuter train Monday

Commuters will need to take a bus or find another way to travel from Everett, Edmonds and Mukilteo.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Mukilteo ferry terminal makes a much anticipated debut

The $187 million project, which opened Tuesday evening, replaces a 63-year-old terminal nearby.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ferry passengers watch as logs are moved after a semitruck hauling large logs spilled its cargo on the ramp of the Edmonds ferry terminal, stranding the ferry Spokane at the dock, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Edmonds, Washington. Approximately 80 cars and passengers waited for hours for the logs to be cleared. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Truck spills a load of big logs on the ferry ramp in Edmonds

The MV Spokane was stranded by the accident, which disrupted schedules between Edmonds and Kingston.

Ferry passengers watch as logs are moved after a semitruck hauling large logs spilled its cargo on the ramp of the Edmonds ferry terminal, stranding the ferry Spokane at the dock, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Edmonds, Washington. Approximately 80 cars and passengers waited for hours for the logs to be cleared. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Is that ferry trip essential? State urges holiday discretion

Between the coronavirus pandemic, service cuts and holiday schedules, people are urged to skip travel.

People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

188 concrete columns: Light rail to Lynnwood is 25% done

Already, Sound Transit’s construction of track structure and stations is transforming the area.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Construction continues in Mountlake Terrace on the light rail extention Friday afternoon on December 11, 2020. Sound Transit is re-evaluating its ST3 projects' timelines based on projections for vastly reduced revenue in the coming years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Dicey revenue outlook could slow Everett light rail timeline

Sound Transit is working on realignment plans for upcoming capital projects, including Everett Link.

Construction continues in Mountlake Terrace on the light rail extention Friday afternoon on December 11, 2020. Sound Transit is re-evaluating its ST3 projects' timelines based on projections for vastly reduced revenue in the coming years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

Community Transit picks a CEO with regional experience

Ric Ilgenfritz starts Jan. 11. He has worked on Lynnwood Link and other Sound Transit projects.

Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

Study: Form a group to build Pacific Northwest bullet train

Options include high-speed rail, magnetic levitation trains or a hyperloop.

WSDOT is proposing several projects for Highway 526 (the Boeing freeway) from Seaview Boulevard to I-5. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State proposes new Highway 526 eastbound lane, meters to I-5

Several improvements to the Boeing freeway are under consideration to save time, reduce crashes.

WSDOT is proposing several projects for Highway 526 (the Boeing freeway) from Seaview Boulevard to I-5. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The toll booth of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Friday afternoon in Mukiltoe on December 4, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At last, $187 million Mukilteo ferry terminal to open Dec. 29

First, boats will suspend service for 13 hours to allow for finishing touches and training.

The toll booth of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Friday afternoon in Mukiltoe on December 4, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Southbound I-5 at Mountlake Terrace to close for rail work

Crews will work overnight, on a weekend, where Sound Transit’s rail line will cross the freeway.

Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Transit has cut Sunday and holiday service, plus Route 6 which loops from Everett Station to College station and West Marine View Drive along the waterfront. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Union considers sales tax lift initiative for Everett Transit

Everett Transit’s service changes could stabilize its budget, at the expense of availability.

Everett Transit has cut Sunday and holiday service, plus Route 6 which loops from Everett Station to College station and West Marine View Drive along the waterfront. (Kevin Clark / 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 likely keeping similar bus service next year

The Snohomish County transit agency has concurrent plans for slow and fast economic recovery.

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)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman reads a newspaper article from the year 2000 about his long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Supreme Court nullifies Eyman’s $30 car-tab measure

Justices on Thursday unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman reads a newspaper article from the year 2000 about his long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Work to reduce U.S. 2 to one lane at Pilchuck River

The overnight striping between the lanes is slated to begin Friday night and wrap Saturday morning.

A biker looks right and slowly proceeds through a stop sign at 16th Street and Colby Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Everett, Washington. As of Oct. 1, bike riders can treat stop signs like yield signs. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State law lets stop signs become yield signs for bike riders

Keep your eyes peeled and let the cyclists go, drivers. But the new law doesn’t mean bikes can zip by.

A biker looks right and slowly proceeds through a stop sign at 16th Street and Colby Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Everett, Washington. As of Oct. 1, bike riders can treat stop signs like yield signs. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A toll? More lanes? Have your say on future U.S. 2 trestle

WSDOT wants to know what people think of the existing highway link and its eventual replacement.

Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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