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…

Community Transit asks community for help to determine new travel options in Lynnwood

Community Transit is asking citizens to take a survey aimed at helping the agency bring better transportation services to Lynnwood. People who live or travel in Lynnwood are invited to answer a few questions about their travel needs by visiting bit.ly/CTLynnSurvey19. Community Transit and a Community Working Group will use the feedback to develop potential…

Traveling to Seattle this weekend? Plan for added congestion, delays

People traveling to and from the Seattle area this weekend should plan for added congestion and travel delays due to maintenance and construction on state highways, as well as a championship soccer match. Additionally, tolling in the State Route 99 tunnel begins Saturday morning, Nov. 9. Eastbound SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and…

Prepare now for winter snow and ice, WSDOT says

With winter fast approaching, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for driving in inclement weather. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles before traveling on snow and ice. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also…

Expect delays during repairs to Seattle’s Aurora bridge, starting Oct. 31

Attention all those who commute to Seattle: Washington State Department of Transportation crews have developed a plan to repair a damaged support beam connection below Seattle’s Aurora bridge. The bridge will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for approximately 10 days of work beginning 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. The lane closures create room for…

Reminder: Community Transit to host on-site job fair Oct. 30

Community Transit is hosting a job fair at its Everett administrative building Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3-6 p.m. The public is invited to learn about positions that will support bus service expansion in Snohomish County. The transit agency plans to hire 100 bus driver trainees by the end of 2020 to accommodate expansion of service…

Use Hwy 99 through Seattle? Southbound Aurora Bridge reduced to two lanes this week

Attention to all commuting to Seattle via Highway 99: The right lane of the southbound Highway 99 Aurora bridge will remain closed around-the-clock this week. Travelers should plan for delays, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes, if traveling toward downtown Seattle through Fremont and Wallingford. During an in-depth inspection of the structure, Washington State…

Community Transit seeks community input on upcoming Orange Line

Community Transit kicked off its outreach efforts Thursday to inform residents about the upcoming Swift Orange Line opening in March 2024. The upcoming bus rapid transit (BRT) Orange Line will travel from the east-to-west corners of South Snohomish County along an 11.3-mile route between Edmonds Community College and McCollum Park and Ride. The route will…

Construction alert: Paving set for Oct. 24-25

As part of the 2019 Pavement Overlay Project, paving on 188th Street Southwest and 51st Place West is scheduled this week, beginning Thursday, Oct. 24, and continuing into Friday, Oct. 25. Residents and commuters should expect delays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. as travel will be restricted to a single lane during these hours….

Celebrate National Bus Safety Week Oct. 21-25

The Lynnwood Police Department is asking the community to join local law enforcement in recognizing Oct. 21-25 as National School Bus Awareness Week. Community members are invited to help spread awareness about traffic safety around school buses. The theme for 2019 is “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Transportation.” To learn more about National…

Community Transit to host Swift Orange Line open house Oct. 24

Community Transit is holding an open house Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. so citizens can alearn more about the upcoming Swift Orange Line and ask questions. The open house will be held in the Lynnwood Library, located at 19200 44th Ave. W. Community Transit will expand Swift Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Snohomish…

Reminder: Rolling slowdowns on I-5 for light rail work Oct. 22-25

Seattle City Light crews plan to relocate existing overhead power lines over Interstate 5 near Northeast 189th and 195th streets to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. This work will result in traffic impacts Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 22-25. To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns…

Community Transit seeks public comment on new six-year plan

Community Transit has released its draft 2019-2024 Transit Development Plan and is seeking public comment through Oct. 31. Priorities of the plan include access and connectivity to Sound Transit’s Link light rail, with a focus on expanded service. The six-year plan also calls for hiring about 160 new employees by 2024 to help provide 37…

Sound Transit awards Lynnwood $2.5 million for Scriber Creek Trail redevelopment

Sound Transit’s Board of Directors voted Thursday to award $2.5 million to the City of Lynnwood for its Scriber Creek Trail redevelopment project. Lynnwood is one of 27 jurisdictions to receive funding for projects aimed at making it easier and more convenient to get to transit.  Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail station is set…

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surface parking lot to close Oct. 19

The Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surface parking lot, which will serve as a staging area for Sound Transit light rail station construction, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The parking garage at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center will remain open. Parking will be replaced by an interim park and ride lot, located…

Nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 continue near Mountlake Terrace Sept. 21, 28

In order to establish safe work zones for Lynnwood Link Light Rail construction, Sound Transit’s contractor will be implementing nighttime traffic controls including southbound lane, bus stop and on-ramp/off-ramp closures on I-5 from 220th Street Southwest to State Route 104 for re-striping and concrete barrier setting. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes…

Community Transit to increase Swift trips, add more Sunday bus service

Community Transit announced it will continue to add service this fall with additional Swift bus rapid transit trips early mornings and Saturdays, longer Sunday service hours, and better transit connections. These service changes take effect starting Sept. 22. Both the Swift Blue and Green lines will begin weekday service earlier, at 4:15 a.m., and will run…