Improvements coming for those headed to Seattle’s stadium areas

Work is now underway on the final project of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, which will build a new Railroad Way and make other significant improvements near the south end of the State Route 99 Tunnel, the Washington State Department of Transportation says..   The South Access Surface Street Connections project will improve local…

United ending commercial passenger service at Paine Field

United Airlines has announced that effective Oct. 5 it will no longer operate commercial flights to Denver out of Everett’s Paine Field. As its last remaining flight from Paine, this decision terminates United’s presence at that facility. The carrier had been operating routes from Snohomish County-owned Paine Field to both San Francisco and Denver, but…

Major federal awards announced for Sound Transit light rail projects

Washington state’s two U.S. senators — Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell — on Friday announced that Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link and Federal Way Extension light rail projects will be receiving two new Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program wards, administered by the Federal Transprotation Administration. The funding for the award comes from the American Rescue Plan….

Community Transit forecasts 30% service increase in six-year transit plan

Due to a stronger-than-expected local economy, Community Transit forecasts a 30% increase in transit service over the next six years. The agency’s draft 2021-2026 Transit Development Plan (TDP) calls for expanding the Swift bus rapid transit network, connecting commuter bus routes to light rail in 2021 and 2024, and increasing bus frequency and daily service…

Transit operating on Sunday schedule Monday, July 5, to observe Independence Day

Community Transit and Sound Transit will operate a Sunday bus schedule on Monday, July 5, in observation of Independence Day. For Community Transit Local bus service, including Swift: Sunday schedule. DART paratransit service: Sunday schedule. Commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District: No service. Sound Transit Route 512: Sunday schedule. Customer Care phone lines:…

Puget Sound transit agencies returning to full capacity starting in July

Riders soon will have more public transportation options as buses, trains and ferries in the Puget Sound region are returning to full capacity and opening all seats starting in July. Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping state social distancing restrictions for transit as part of his decision to reopen the state. Passengers still must wear masks…

WSDOT: Plan ahead if traveling this Independence Day weekend

Getting away for the Fourth of July? With Independence Day creating a three-day weekend this summer, travelers should plan ahead and expect for additional traffic, especially during peak travel times. Checking the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Fourth of July weekend traffic volume charts when planning your travels can help determine best times to travel on key routes….

Get stuck in I-5 traffic Monday afternoon? Blame crumbling freeway lanes

Just in time for the afternoon commute, Monday’s high temperatures were hot enough to break up the pavement on northbound Interstate 5, forcing on the Washington State Department of Transportation to shut down freeway lanes at two locations in the stretch from Northeast 130th Street to Northeast 195th Street. Morgan Balogh, WSDOT assistant regional administrator,…

State invites public to comment on toll rate increase options

Now through July 14, people who travel on the state’s tolled facilities have an opportunity to comment on proposed toll rate changes. The Washington State Transportation Commission has launched its public comment process as it prepares to increase toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, State Route 99 tunnel, and SR 520 bridge. The commission…

Light rail construction to close part of 44th Ave W overnight June 29, 30

Sound Transit’s contractor will close a portion of 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood between 200th and 204th Streets Southwest overnight Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29. The closure will allow crews to complete a concrete pour for the Lynnwood Link light rail trackway across 44th Avenue West. Hours are 11:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Closure of I-5 ramps and freeway planned June 26 for Lynnwood Link construction

Crews working on the Lynnwood Link Extension will be closing the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 South from 220th Street Southwest to Highway 104 in Mountlake Terrace overnight on Saturday, June 26 for construction. The work will allow the light rail alignment to cross over the highway. Northbound traffic lanes will remain open. Starting at 11…

State Transportation Commission proposes ferry fare increase

Now through July 30, Washington State Ferries customers and others will have another opportunity to comment on a proposed 2.5% across-the-board increase in ferry fares each year for the next two years. To meet the Legislature’s revenue expectations for ferries, based on the 2021-2023 transportation budget, the Washington State Transportation Commission put forth two fare…

Reminder: Community Transit to discuss Lynnwood pilot project at June 16 chamber meeting

Community Transit’s Lynnwood Pilot Project is the topic of the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce virtual luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. You can register for the luncheon here. Community Transit and the City of Lynnwood are working together to test new transportation services within the city. The goal is to identify public transit services…

Live or work in, bike or walk through Lynnwood? The city wants your ideas

The City of Lynnwood has extended the deadline to June 21 for an online open house survey regarding its draft Connect Lynnwood Active and Accessible Transportation Plan. City staff would like input from anyone who lives or works in, bikes or walks through Lynnwood. You can visit the online open house here or copy and…

Community Transit to receive $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds

U.S. Senator Patty Murray on Friday announced that Community Transit is one of five Washington state agencies that will receive new Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Small Start program awards administered by the Federal Transportation Administration for transit projects. The funding for the awards comes from the American Rescue Plan. Community Transit will receive a $6.5…

Washington State Transportation Commission seeks public comment on ferry fare increases

The Washington State Transportation Commission is required to adjust ferry fares every two years and is seeking input from the public on fare increase alternatives. The deadline to leave your feedback is June 10. Fare recommendations are based upon the transportation budget passed by the 2021 State Legislature. The budget requires $377 million to be generated from…

Update: Overnight closure of 44th Ave W for light rail work rescheduled to June 14

Sound Transit’s contractor will close a portion of 44th Avenue West between 200th and 204th Streets Southwest overnight Monday, June 14. This work is to complete a concrete pour for the Lynnwood Link light rail trackway across 44th Avenue West. This work will take place from midnight to 5 a.m. to minimize impact to businesses…

Nighttime closures of 46th Ave W. HOV ramps to Lynnwood Transit Center

Over several weeks in June, Sound Transit’s contractor will close the Interstate 5 northbound and southbound 46th Avenue West HOV ramps to the Lynnwood Transit Center overnight so that crews can pour concrete for the Lynnwood Link Light Rail extension trackway. The work will be conducted from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the following…

Community Transit, Sound Transit schedules for Memorial Day

Both Community Transit and Sound Transit will operate on Sunday service schedule for Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 31. Community Transit details: Local bus service, including Swift: Sunday schedule. DART paratransit service: Sunday schedule. Commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District: No service. Sound Transit Route 512: Sunday schedule. Customer service phone lines:…