Community Transit bus drivers recognized for reaching Million Mile status

Three Community Transit bus drivers were awarded the agency’s esteemed Million Mile Award for driving a million miles without a preventable accident. For David Eddy, 16 years of safe driving is the result of being patient and has earned him many customer commendations for safe driving. The Edmonds/Lynnwood resident said he loves driving for Community…

Parking lot shifts continue at Lynnwood Transit Center

As part of construction for the Lynnwood Link light rail station, parking lot shifts are continuing at the Lynnwood Transit Center. Sections of parking were closed for construction of the Lynnwood City Center light rail station and temporary replacement parking was opened. Fence lines will continue to shift to safely accommodate the necessary construction work,…

In wake of Initiative 976, lawmakers propose bill to lower car-tab taxes

A bill sponsored by 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias would lower car-tab taxes for drivers in the Puget Sound region, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. The proposal comes shortly after voters approved a tax-slashing measure now being challenged in the courts. SB 6606 is sponsored by Liias, D-Lynnwood, and nearly a dozen other…

Rolling slowdowns on Interstate 5 for Sound Transit work planned early morning Jan. 22

On Jan. 22, Sound Transit will be conducting rolling slowdowns on Interstate 5. This work is part of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension Project to construct the guideway. The rolling slowdown will continue for 7.5 miles up to Northeast 185th Street. The slowdowns will occur from 1-3 a.m. Washington State Patrol vehicles will be leading…

Mayor Smith among three new Community Transit board members

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith was among three newly-elected members of the Community Transit Board of Directors. Snohomish City Councilmember Tom Merrill and Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring were also elected. At its Jan. 13 business meeting, the Lynnwood City Council voted to appoint Smith and the other members to a two-year term on the…

Sound Transit offers public transit tips in case of inclement weather

With the National Weather Service forecasting snow, ice and wind in the Puget Sound region over the next several days, it may impact regional transportation. Sound Transit is offering a few tips to help you prepare for your commute during what could be challenging conditions. The agency advises that you sign up for text or…

WSDOT: Travelers advised to monitor state pass conditions

With winter weather already in Washington state’s passes and more snow possible throughout the week, travelers should be prepared for winter conditions and stay up to date on conditions while making travel plans. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) offers the following travel tools to help you know before you go. As of 5:15…

Washington’s next commercial airport one step closer to taking flight; next state meeting Jan. 9

Washington state officials will begin 2020 with more work researching and discussing the location of Washington’s next commercial airport as the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC) meets Jan. 9, at Sea-Tac Airport. The commission will narrow down possible airport sites based on previous research as well as factors including airspace, local land use, environmental impacts,…

Reminder: Sound Transit, Community Transit schedules for New Year’s Eve, Day

Community Transit and Sound Transit will operate limited commuter schedules on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Community Transit will run limited bus service on New Year’s Eve, and will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Sound Transit says that its Sounder commuter train will operate on a modified…

Public comment on proposed clean fuel standard extended to Feb. 10

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is extending the public comment period for its proposed Clean Fuel Standard to provide more opportunities for public input. Public comments are now due by Feb. 10, 2020. In 2017, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Board of Directors adopted a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50…

Sounder game trains for Sunday Seahawks games canceled

Now that the time of the Sunday, Dec. 29 Seattle Seahawks game has been moved to 5:20 p.m., Sound Transit said it won’t be able to provide Sounder game trains to the Seattle vs. San Francisco contest. The later start time for the game does not allow for enough required rest time for the train…

Holiday schedules for Community Transit, Sound Transit

Community Transit and Sound Transit will operate limited commuter schedules during the upcoming holidays. Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The transit agency will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Sound Transit says that its Sounder commuter train will operate on a…

Lynnwood man is 15th millionth rider on Community Transit’s Swift service

Just a week after its 10-year anniversary, Community Transit’s Swift bus rapid transit service transported its 15 millionth rider. Abbas Razaghzadeh was designated the 15 millionth person to ride Swift as he rode the Swift Blue Line to Crossroads Station in Lynnwood Friday morning. The calculation was made by Community Transit’s data analysts who track…

State delays funding for 196th ST SW widening following I-976 passage

In response to the passage of Initiative 976, Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that city transportation projects not yet underway will be postponed. For Lynnwood, this could mean uncertainty for the city’s plans to widen 196th Street Southwest. Since the majority of state voters in November approved the “$30 car tab” measure sponsored by anti-tax…

Community Transit, Sound Transit schedules during Thanksgiving weekend

Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Thanksgiving Day and the following day, while Sound transit Express bus routes will operate on Sunday schedules. There will be no Sounder commuter rail service on Thanksgiving, and Sounder service from Everett to Seattle will operated on a modified schedule Friday, Nov. 29, one of the biggest…

WSDOT seeks input on draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation develops the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. This compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for review and public comment. The draft 2020-2023 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional,…

Environmental organizations to host transportation forum in Everett Nov. 21

A coalition of environmental organizations are hosting a transportation forum from 7-8:30 pm. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Snohomish County Public Utility District Commission Meeting Room in Everett, The event is being hosted by Audubon Washington and co-hosted by Sno-Isle Sierra Club, Climate Solutions, 350 Everett, Green Snohomish, Fuse, Faith Action Network, Climate Reality Project and…

Community Transit celebrates 10 years of Swift service

Temperatures were in the teens the week that Community Transit launched the state’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line in 2009. About 70 agency employees and temporary staff stood at bus stations along Highway 99 to help riders learn how to use the new Swift Blue Line. Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said he remembered…

Now’s the time to plan for Thanksgiving weekend travel, WSDOT says

Just like shopping, prepping the turkey and checking kick-off times before a big holiday gathering, the key to smooth Thanksgiving travel is planning ahead, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. The department urges all travelers to use WSDOT tools to help plan holiday travels: Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to…