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…

Sounder trains between Seattle and Everett canceled due to landslide

Sound Transit canceled Sounder North service between Seattle and Everett Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday because of a landslide that has covered the tracks near Milepost 21 in north Seattle. Passengers who would normally ride Sounder 1702 or 1706 on Wednesday afternoon were directed to a special bus to Edmonds and Mukilteo leaving at…

Washington State Ferries to remain on winter schedule due to ridership declines

Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of next month due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. All vehicle reservations made for dates between March 29 and…

Transportation Update: Sound Transit offers free fares, Community Transit reduces services

In response to the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak, transit agencies have been updating procedures in recent days to ensure rider safety. Sound Transit announced Friday that it will suspend fare requirements on buses and trains starting Saturday, March 21, until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing. Sound Transit also said…

Transit, ferries taking extra cleaning precautions amid COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, public transit agencies are taking extra measures to ensure buses, trains and ferries are safe for commuters. With thousands of daily riders, transit agencies like Community Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries have upped their cleaning practices and are encouraging riders to practice social distancing during their…

Community Transit proposes more trips, new routing for fall 2020, spring 2021

Community Transit proposes to add more trips to existing bus service, and add new routing that expands coverage into neighborhoods not currently served. These changes would take effect this fall and in spring 2021. Public comment is invited through April 3. With these changes, the agency aims to increase weekday and weekend trips, the frequency…

Nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 planned near Mountlake Terrace for light rail work

To establish safe work zones for construction crews while they drill support shafts for Lynnwood Link light rail’s future guideway. Sound Transit’s contractor will be implementing nighttime traffic controls on southbound Interstate 5 overnight on weekends starting Saturday, March 7. These include the closure of Interstate 5 southbound lanes between 220th and 236th streets southwest…

Sounder trains to run for Sunday Sounders FC match

Sounders FC fans can take Sound Transit’s Sounder trains to the match on Sunday, March 1, at noon against the Chicago Fire FC. Special Sounder service is in addition to Link light rail, ST Express bus and King County Metro bus service to and from CenturyLink Field. An inbound Sounder train from Snohomish County will…

Light rail-related rolling slowdowns planned on Interstate 5 early Feb. 24

Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, Sound Transit will be conducting rolling slowdowns on northbound and southbound Interstate 5  so that crews can relocate utility lines. This work is part of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension Project to construct the light rail guideway. The rolling slowdown will run from 1-3 a.m. Drivers should expect delays. Northbound, the…

Seattle Dragons game-day Sounder trains will run Saturday

XFL Seattle Dragons football fans can save on travel time, parking and gas by taking Sound Transit’s Sounder trains to the Dragons’ home opener Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Vipers. Special Sounder service is in addition to Link light rail, ST Express bus and King County Metro bus service to…

Sound Transit commuter train service to restart Monday

Sound Transit says its north line commuter train service between Everett and Seattle will resume service Monday, Feb. 10. The train didn’t run on Friday due to threats of a mudslide following recent rainy weather You can see the train schedule here.

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…

Sounder commuter train canceled Friday due to mudslide risk

Due to mudslide risk, Sound Transit has canceled its Sounder North line commuter train service for Friday, Feb. 7. Service was also canceled for Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6 Sound Transit is offering Sounder North line special bus service for the morning commute along with the regularly scheduled buses. Evening bus service for Friday will be…

Overnight closure at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center parking garage coming Feb. 7

For those Edmonds residents who park and ride the bus from the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, note that access to the transit center parking garage will closed starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 so Snohomish County PUD can complete utility work related to light rail construction. The closure will last until approximately 5 a.m….

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…

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…

Jan. 22 open house to review proposals for addressing ferry traffic in Kingston

Community members and local businesses are invited to an open house Wednesday, Jan. 22 to see proposed changes to State Route 104 in downtown Kingston. The proposal would relocate traffic from the Edmonds-Kingston ferry to Northeast 1st Street in order to accommodate travelers heading to and from the Kingston Ferry Terminal. The upcoming Washington State…

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,…