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 service to grow 5 percent in 2020 under proposed budget

Community Transit’s proposed budget would increase service 5 percent in 2020 as the agency continues is expansion of bus service for Snohomish County residents. The agency is seeking comment on the draft budget through Nov. 8. According to an announcement from Community Transit, the service increase equates to about 18,000 hours of new service. This…

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…

More commuter parking in Edmonds? Sound Transit wants to hear from you

With $40 million in funding approved by voters in 2016 as part of ST3, Sound Transit is planning for improved parking and other options aimed at enhancing access at the Edmonds and Mukilteo Stations. A just-launched online open house provides an easy 24/7 opportunity for the public to learn about these proposals and make their views…

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 Edmonds $1.85 million for citywide bicycle improvements

Sound Transit has awarded Edmonds $1.85 million to improve bicycle access to and from both the Sounder train station in downtown Edmonds and the Mountlake Terrace light rail station set to open in 2024. According to a city announcement, Sound Transit 3 in 2016 included up to $10 million in a System Access Fund for each…

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…

Light rail-related rolling slowdowns planned on I-5 Aug. 27-29

Seattle City Light crews plan to relocate existing overhead power lines over Interstate 5 near Northeast 180th Street to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. This work will result in traffic impacts on Aug. 27-29. To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in…

Labor Day weekend means more travelers, extra travel time

The last holiday weekend of the summer typically brings additional traffic, so planning ahead and allowing extra travel time is even more critical as Labor Day approaches, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. Travelers can consult WSDOT’s holiday-weekend traffic volume charts to help plan the best times to travel on key routes. If possible,…

Reminder: Nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 near Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace this week

To establish safe work zones for Lynnwood Link Light Rail construction, Sound Transit’s contractor is implementing nighttime traffic controls including southbound lane and on-ramp/off-ramp closures on I-5 from 44th Avenue West to 220th Street Southwest for re-striping and concrete barrier setting. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes during construction. Plan ahead, leave…

Sound Transit plans nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 near Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace

To establish safe work zones for Lynnwood Link Light Rail construction, Sound Transit’s contractor will be implementing nighttime traffic controls including southbound lane and on-ramp/off-ramp closures on I-5 from 44th Avenue West to 220th Street Southwest for re-striping and concrete barrier setting. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes during construction. Plan ahead,…

Rolling I-5 slowdowns expected mid-August for light rail work

Overhead power line work for Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension will cause rolling slowdowns on Interstate 5, impacting traffic overnight on Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-20 To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in both directions of I-5 to ensure safe work operations…

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…

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…

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…