Travel alert: I-5 express lanes to close early until further notice

The Washington State Department of Transportation said Monday that the Interstate 5 express lanes through Seattle will be fully closed early, at 8 p.m. nightly, including weekends, and will reopen as usual the following mornings. This closure will remain in place until further notice, WSDOT said. Express lane hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday…

With ferry lane work comes temporary prohibition on turning right from NB Hwy 104 to Dayton

Following work on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry holding lanes, drivers near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal will notice northbound changes at Dayton Street and State Route 104 — including a temporary prohibition on turning right onto Dayton Street. In Phase 1 construction, the Washington State Department of Transportation recently converted a temporary ferry holding lane (the Port…

Fare collection restarts on Swift Bus Rapid Transit June 1

Community Transit will begin collecting fares for Swift Blue and Swift Green bus rapid transit lines Monday, June 1. Unlike other Community Transit bus routes, Swift riders pay fares at Swift stations, not at the front of the bus. Service ambassadors will be available at Swift stations beginning June 1 to answer questions and assist…

Expect I-5 overnight lane closures May 29-June 1 due to Sound Transit light rail work

Starting as soon as Friday, May 29, Sound Transit’s contractor working on the Lynnwood Link light rail extension will be implementing two nighttime traffic shifts on Interstate 5 between 228th Street Southwest and 236th Place Southwest. This work is necessary to complete utility work on both I-5 northbound and southbound and some striping and barrier…

Sound Transit to close SR 104 on and off ramps overnight starting May 28

As early as Thursday, May 28, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin night work on the ramp from eastbound State Route 104 to the northbound ramp of Interstate 5. Both the on and off ramps will be closed while this work is being done. Detours will be provided (see map). The contractor has obtained a temporary…

Community Transit buses to run on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day May 25

Community Transit services will operate on a Sunday bus schedule on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. Additional transit services scheduled for Memorial Day Monday include: 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: Closed. RideStore at Lynnwood…

Community Transit seeks input on transit use in response to COVID-19

During the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order Community Transit’s bus ridership has decreased approximately 70%. The agency has launched a survey to learn more about how riders and others view transit since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and their priorities for the future. The survey is open to all Community Transit customers and…

Sound Transit to close SR 104 on and off ramps overnight starting May 11

As early as Monday, May 11, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin night work on the ramp from eastbound State Route 104 to the northbound ramp of Interstate 5. Both the on and off ramps will be closed while this work is being done. Detours will be provided (see map). The contractor has obtained a temporary…

Ferry system to increase fares, begin peak season surcharge May 1

A reminder that fare increases as well as the annual peak season surcharge for single vehicle fares is scheduled to begin May 1 on the Washington State Ferries. Peak season runs  through Sept. 30. Passenger fares and multi-ride products are not affected by the peak season changes. General fare increases effective May 1 include: 2.5% fare…

Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service further on Link and some ST Express routes

Because of fluctuating staffing availability to operate service, Sound Transit will introduce additional service reductions on Link light rail starting on Monday, April 20 and on certain ST Express routes operated by King County Metro starting Saturday, April 18. The further service reductions also reflect an 87 percent system-wide reduction in ridership, with Link and…

Community Transit, Sound Transit propose bus-to-light rail plan for Northgate

Community Transit and Sound Transit are exploring bus service changes to connect riders with service to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and other regional destinations when light rail reaches Northgate in 2021. Link light rail trains will depart Northgate every six minutes during peak hours. Travel time on Link from Northgate to the U…

Due to low ridership, Community Transit to further reduce service starting April 13

Community Transit will further reduce bus trips on Monday, April 13 to align with low ridership levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency’s new reduced service schedule will represent a total reduction of approximately 30% over regular bus service levels. “Transit remains essential for many in our community who are working critical front line jobs,”…

Sound Transit shuts down nearly all construction systemwide due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Due to COVID-19 risks, Sound Transit said Monday it is directing contractors to suspend almost all construction on its region-wide transit expansion projects — including the Lynnwood Link light rail extension — starting immediately through May 4. The very limited work that does continue will focus on tasks considered critical and/or necessary to ensure that…

Everett-to-Seattle Sounder commuter train to resume service Friday

Sound Transit says its Sounder North Line between Everett and Seattle — canceled Thursday due to a mudslide — will resume service on Friday, March 27. Riders should note that many Sound Transit services, including Sounder commuter rail, are operating on a temporary schedule reduction due to COVID-19 until further notice. Sounder North Line morning schedule: #1703…

Community Transit, Sound Transit announce service reductions, other changes beginning March 30

As community members are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, transit ridership has seen a decrease in ridership prompting  service reductions beginning Monday, March 30. Community Transit announced Thursday a plan to reduce most bus services by approximately 25%. This COVID-19 related reduction in service will go into effect March 30, and continue…

Five Community Transit employees tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

Community Transit announced Wednesday that five more employees have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said all employees are following guidance to stay home at the onset of symptoms. Last week, Community Transit announced four drivers had tested positive for the virus and have since…