Transportation

Juan Luna, left, and Jeff Austin tune up bicycles to be donated Tuesday afternoon at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Afghanistan, Ukraine refugees get bikes, bus passes and rides

One nonprofit needs volunteers to repair 40 kids bikes for refugees. Another agency could use cash gift cards.

 

Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lower speed limits move forward on dangerous stretch of Highway 99

The Everett City Council approved a resolution to slow speeds on Evergreen and Everett Mall ways.

 

Southbound drivers on Interstate 5 will need a new route overnight through Mountlake Terrace this weekend and next weekend. (Sound Transit)

I-5 south to close for light rail work near Mountlake Terrace

This weekend and next weekend overnight travelers will need to find a new route.

 

Gas prices in the Seattle area have jumped recently, prompting some commuters to stop driving and take transit or bike and walk. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Bus ridership grows as gas prices soar

Employers calling staff back to in-person work also is a factor behind greater mass transit usage.

Gas prices in the Seattle area have jumped recently, prompting some commuters to stop driving and take transit or bike and walk. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Everett Public Works is developing pedestrian improvements between the Interurban Trail and Colby Avenue and crossing the road to Emma Yule Neighborhood Park. (Everett)

Everett council approves improvements for Interurban Trail

Biking and walking from the Interurban Trail to the Everett YMCA could get easier and more intuitive.

Everett Public Works is developing pedestrian improvements between the Interurban Trail and Colby Avenue and crossing the road to Emma Yule Neighborhood Park. (Everett)
Community Transit's proposed 2024 bus routes. (Community Transit)

Community Transit plan funnels bus services to light rail

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to remake bus service in our county,” Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz said.

Community Transit's proposed 2024 bus routes. (Community Transit)
Traffic moves along Filbert Drive next to pedestrians walking along a new section of the North Creek Regional Trail on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

North Creek Trail section near Bothell almost ready

Final paving is set this summer for the first phase of the 2.42-mile trail north of Centennial Park.

Traffic moves along Filbert Drive next to pedestrians walking along a new section of the North Creek Regional Trail on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As pedestrian deaths mount, a plan to slow south Everett traffic

Evergreen and Everett Mall ways are among the most dangerous roads in the county. Lower speed limits could save lives.

Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett City Council approved a contract for Bird electric scooters to be set up throughout the city as soon as May. (Bird) 20220428

Electric scooters set to return to Everett as soon as May

The Everett City Council approved a 12-month contract with Bird, a California company, to deploy 75 to 300 e-scooters.

The Everett City Council approved a contract for Bird electric scooters to be set up throughout the city as soon as May. (Bird) 20220428
The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why does a curb keep cars away from bus stop in Lake Stevens?

Built in late 2020 and early 2021, the divider stops drivers from using the eastbound lane’s shoulder.

The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The SW Everett Industrial Center Station area has four route alternatives and three station alternatives. (Sound Transit)

Elected leaders narrow options for Everett light rail stations, tracks

The Sound Transit group agreed to stop studying nine station alternatives, but disagreed over some preferred locations.

The SW Everett Industrial Center Station area has four route alternatives and three station alternatives. (Sound Transit)
Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Swift Orange line to link Edmonds, Mill Creek to Lynnwood rail

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the bus route, which will boost rapid service in south Snohomish County.

Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community Transit, Paine Field, ferries drop mask requirement

After a federal judge struck down the CDC’s mask mandate, agencies in Snohomish County are changing direction.

A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

I-5 HOV lane, Highway 529 interchange work to start this year

WSDOT awarded the $123.1 million project’s design-build contract to Guy F. Atkinson Construction.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A cyclist crosses Madison Street along the Interurban Trail Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Everett, Washington. The City of Everett is considering adding bike lanes to Madison Street to connect the Interurban Trail to other bike routes in the area. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Bike lane considered for stretch of Madison Street in Everett

The city is seeking input on a plan that would eliminate on-street parking.

A cyclist crosses Madison Street along the Interurban Trail Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Everett, Washington. The City of Everett is considering adding bike lanes to Madison Street to connect the Interurban Trail to other bike routes in the area. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Construction crews work on the Lynnwood Light rail station on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Concrete walkout ends; Lynnwood light rail impact may linger

While drivers were picketing, Sound Transit’s project between Northgate and Lynnwood missed an estimated 4,900 deliveries.

Construction crews work on the Lynnwood Light rail station on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (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)

State ferry system experiencing unprecedented staff shortage

The Seattle Maritime Academy is soliciting interest in the profession that can pay $70-80K a year to start.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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)