Lynnwood City Council hears plans for new Swift Orange Line, reviews housing report

A new bus rapid transit (BRT) line was the topic of conversation at the Lynnwood City Council’s July 29 work sessions meeting as Community Transit staff briefed the council on the anticipated Swift Orange Line scheduled to open in 2024. Beginning the presentation was Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath, who said the current ridership on…

Here’s your chance to comment on funding for Scriber Lake Trail

Sound Transit has launched an online open house seeking public comments from riders and residents on a fund that could include one Lynnwood project — the Scriber Creek Trail redevelopment. This project upgrades an existing 1.5-mile trail into a Class 1 shared-use path. This phase will construct approximately 2,000 linear feet of trail, establishing an…

Lynnwood Link-related electrical system work to affect overnight traffic on I-5 July 30-31

Seattle City Light crews plan to maintain the reliability of the electrical system by relocating existing overhead power lines on Interstate 5 near Northeast 155th Street in Shoreline. This work will support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. To complete this work safely, crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in both directions of…

All military personnel to ride transit free during Seafair’s Fleet Week

Sound Transit will continue its annual Seafair tradition of honoring members of the military by providing free transit service now July 29 to Aug. 4. During Seafair Fleet Week, members and former members of the Armed Forces, including active duty, veterans and retirees, can ride free on Link light rail, Sounder commuter trains and Sound…

Reminder: State Transportation Commission looking for feedback on proposed ferry fare hikes

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed fare increases for the next two years that will take effect in October. You can learn more about the fare changes and provide comments via the Transportation Commission’s online open house You can also submit feedback by emailing the transportation commission at transc@wstc.wa.gov. Please…

Temporary changes planned at Lynnwood Transit Center for light rail construction

Sound Transit is making several temporary changes at the Lynnwood Transit Center to accommodate construction of the future Link light rail Lynnwood City Center Station. Weekend traffic revisions may delays in Sound Transit and Community Transit routes. Commuters are asked to allow additional time to park and reach their buses. Weekend closures on 46th Avenue…

Roadwork, special events bringing weekend travel delays on Interstate 5

People traveling to or through Seattle need to plan for weekend travel delays due to construction and special events on Interstate 5. Beginning Friday night, July 12, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor and maintenance crews will continue work to preserve and inspect sections of the I-5 express lanes. The I-5 express lanes will close…

Snohomish County requesting public input on potential light rail station locations

In preparation for the arrival of light rail, Snohomish County is kicking off a series of open houses, both in-person and online, for the public to engage in plans for light rail in unincorporated areas of South Snohomish County. Citizens are invited to learn more about the Light Rail Communities project and the county’s light…

Public comments invited on state proposal to raise ferry fares

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferries fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its proposal to increase ferry fares over the next two years. The proposed increase must generate $407 million…

Sound Transit: No Sounder trains on July 4th holiday; buses and rail on Sunday schedule

Sound Transit said its Sounder trains will not operate this Thursday, July 4th holiday. ST Express and Link light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. More holiday schedule information can be found at soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Holiday-service. Schedules and transit center locations for the agency’s Sounder commuter rail service, ST Express buses and Link light rail can be…

Community Transit to run on Sunday service schedule July 4th

In observance of Independence Day, Community Transit will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Thursday, July 4. The following services will run on a Sunday schedule: – Local bus service, including Swift – DART paratransit – Sound Transit Route 512 There is no commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District July 4th. The…

ORCA LIFT low-income bus fare expands to Snohomish County July 1

Beginning July 1, Community Transit will offer a low-income fare for eligible riders who use an ORCA LIFT fare card. In Snohomish County, individuals can apply for the ORCA LIFT card at four Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) customer service offices; the reduced fare cannot be paid in cash. Community Transit and…

Interurban Trail closure planned for this week canceled

The Interurban Trail closure planned for this week between 52nd Avenue West and 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood has been cancelled. According to Lynnwood city staff, a trail closure for the final transmission work at the Cedar Valley substation will not be needed. Instead, city crews will guide cyclists and pedestrians around the work site…

Lynnwood officials advocate for $25 million in federal transportation funds

City of Lynnwood officials recently returned from Washington, D.C. where they met with representatives to discuss $25 million in federal funding for city development projects. Last week, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Public Works Director Bill Franz and City Engineer David Mach were joined by Lynnwood’s federal lobbyist, Mark Dedric of Summit Strategies, as they met…

Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle to close Friday night for maintenance

People who use State Route 99 in Seattle will want to plan for a full closure of the tunnel Friday night, June 7, to Saturday morning, June 8. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close both directions of the SR 99 tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday, June 7, to 8 a.m. Saturday, June…

Sounder trains to run for Sunday Mariners game

Sports fans can skip traffic coming into Seattle on Sunday by riding Sound Transit’s Sounder event trains to the Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels 1:10 p.m. game. The stadium-bound train from the north will depart Edmonds at 11:11 a.m. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the game. Both trains will serve all…

Memorial Day weekend travel requires planning ahead

With summer-like weather already here, travelers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend should prepare for additional traffic — especially during peak travel times, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says. By following these steps, travelers can plan ahead for wherever they’re headed during the three-day weekend: Check the WSDOT best times to travel charts to…

‘Transportation: Getting From Here to There’ discussion now on video

Representatives from Sound Transit and Community Transit and the cities of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — which will receive light rail stations —  were at the Lynnwood Library Tuesday night to discuss “Transportation: Getting from Here to There” during the Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter program. Those speaking at the Lynnwood Library event included David Kleitsch,…

WSDOT announces roadside-litter bag art contest for kids

No one likes litter along the roadway. That’s where our state’s young artists come in. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is creating new Adopt-a-Highway automobile litter bags. The bags help physically contain trash, of course, but also will help spread a litter prevention message on the outside. So the state is launching an…

Community Transit grants 10 surplus vans to local nonprofits

Ten nonprofits and some very special guests gathered in the Community Transit boardroom Thursday as the transit agency announced the recipients of the 14th Van GO vehicle grant program. Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, the Community Transit Board Chair, announced that two clubs within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County were Van GO recipients. Six school-aged…

With construction on the way, Sound Transit holds Lynnwood Link light rail open house

With Lynnwood Link light rail construction on the not-so-distant horizon, Sound Transit representatives held an open house last week for citizens to learn what to expect in the coming months for the Lynnwood station. The April 24 open house, held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, gave citizens the opportunity to learn the latest information about…

Reminder: Sound Transit open house on light rail construction in Lynnwood April 25

Citizens are invited to attend a Sound Transit open house this Thursday, April 25 to learn more about upcoming light rail construction in Lynnwood and ask questions. The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center (presentation at 6:15 p.m.) Information about upcoming construction activities and what you can expect can be…

Get ready for light rail construction: Sound Transit open house details plans

More than 100 interested citizens gathered Thursday evening to hear the latest from Sound Transit officials about what’s in store as construction activity ramps up on the much-anticipated 8.5-mile, four-station Lynnwood Link extension that will connect Northgate to the Lynnwood City Center. Trains are scheduled to start running in 2024. The evening at the Nile Country Club…

Lynnwood extends red light camera contract for five more years

The City of Lynnwood’s red-light cameras are not going anywhere soon. As of March, the city has extended its contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Safety (ATS) for another five years. The contract authorizes the photo enforcement program at intersections and school zones. The contract is based on a cooperative contract also awarded to the City…