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The Seattle Department of Transportation owns and operates 124 bridges. A city auditor report in 2020 rated the Second Avenue Extension Bridge in Pioneer Square (built in 1928), Magnolia Bridge (1929) and University Bridge (1930) in “poor” condition. Overall,...
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King County Metro calls the risk of people or cars getting hit by light rail in the MLK Way corridor an “undesirable” hazard. Undesirable is what you would call losing your car keys or missing an appointment — not getting hit by a train. A better way to...
The ceramic platform tiles are breaking prematurely, Patrick said, after just 13 years. The adhesives beneath are failing. Water seeps in, water freezes and water thaws, further prying the tiles from concrete base…This isn’t the first tile failure blamed on weather...
“Based on the severity and probability, the risk of collision between pedestrians and LRVs [light-rail vehicles] along the MLK corridor presents an ‘undesirable’ hazard,” says a 2019 analysis by Metro safety administrators, prompted by a spike in crashes. That...
Latest transportation stories from local papers
In the interest of providing the whole range of news regarding transportation and transit we are providing links to current articles and opinion pages. Smarter Transit does not necessarily agree with the views or info provided in all articles or op-eds.
Sound Transit News
- Sound Transit growth reflected in $90M in...by Mike Lindblom on November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm
So far this year, Sound Transit’s governing board has approved five office leases totaling $90 million, underscoring the agency’s growth as a result of ST3.
- Train and transit talk: Highlights from reporter...by z-inactive-Tyler on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 am
Can Sound Transit projects be completed early? Will ST3 car tab fees come down? What impact will the Trump administration have on funding Seattle-area infrastructure? Mike Lindblom answered your transit-related questions.
- What can Sound Transit do to keep projects in the...by Seattle Times staff on November 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom answers your questions about the future of Sound Transit's light-rail projects, which are facing growing budget pressure from rising land values and construction costs.
- Sound Transit’s Lynnwood extension running...by Mike Lindblom on August 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm
The half-billion-dollar increase for the Sound Transit 2 Lynnwood line comes as a surprise for taxpayers, and officials will negotiate simpler designs with cities along the tracks.
- Here’s why your ST3 car tab fee is so highby Gina Cole and Daniel Beekman on March 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm
On episode 28 of The Overcast, Traffic Lab reporters Mike Lindblom and David Gutman get nerdy with us about Sound Transit 3 and the car tab fees that fund it.
- Sticker shock as much higher car-tab bills land...by David Gutman on February 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm
The state Department of Licensing is getting hit with calls from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties about increased car-tab fees that are just starting to go into effect following the passage of Sound Transit 3.
- Sound Transit moves fast to get deals on loans,...by Mike Lindblom on November 28, 2016 at 12:45 am
Sound Transit is making deals for $2.9 billion in federal loans, bond sales and grants while money is cheap.
- State senator calls for direct elections of Sound...by Mike Lindblom on November 18, 2016 at 1:38 am
Pierce County voters’ opposition to Sound Transit 3 has prompted state Sen. Steve O’Ban to propose direct elections of transit-board members.
- Where Sound Transit 3 projects could speed up or...by Mike Lindblom on November 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Political energy, less red tape or simpler design can speed projects. So can money, say, from the federal government. Disputes about track alignments, inaccurate cost forecasts, elaborate stations or tunnels, or a recession can create delays.
- Passing Sound Transit 3 boost for commuters, jobsby Jon Talton on November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm
The Puget Sound region made a big step forward in transportation and the state advanced the condition of low-wage workers.
General Transportation News
- Northbound I-405 to be closed Wednesday and...by Christine Clarridge on August 10, 2022 at 7:03 pm
Crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation will be setting girders for the new Main Street Bridge.
- A tour inside the West Seattle Bridge reveals...by Mike Lindblom on August 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Closed for more than two years, the West Seattle Bridge is about to reopen with a massive 92-ton infusion of steel to strengthen it.
- New research pushes states on distracted drivingby The Associated Press on August 9, 2022 at 2:43 pm
Data indicates that broadly written state laws that prohibit drivers from holding a cellphone under any circumstance appear to be effective in reducing rear-end crashes.
- Electric cars too costly for many, even with aid...by JACK EWING on August 8, 2022 at 11:47 pm
Battery-powered vehicles are considered essential to the fight against climate change, but most models are aimed at the affluent.
- Washington State Ferries to get $38M from feds to...by Amanda Zhou on August 8, 2022 at 11:12 pm
Nine ferry providers, including Washington State Ferries, will get a total of $42.4 million, which is more than double the amount the state received in 2021.
- A new walk-on ferry will cruise from Des Moines...by Mike Lindblom on August 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm
The M/V Chilkat, recently a whale-watching boat, will carry travelers between Des Moines and Seattle's Pier 66 beginning Aug. 10.
- WSDOT changes I-5 roadwork detours for Seafair,...by Mike Lindblom on August 4, 2022 at 8:52 pm
WSDOT will leave the I-90 to I-5 connection open during this weekend's roadwork in Sodo to help Seafair attendees and sports fans.
- Spokane Street Bridge in West Seattle reopens...by Seattle Times staff on August 4, 2022 at 6:01 pm
The lower Spokane Street Bridge in West Seattle reopened Thursday morning after a brief closure due to mechanical issues.
- ‘Team Molly’ parents sue Seattle e-bike...by Katherine Rosman on August 2, 2022 at 6:16 pm
The parents of a girl who died after an e-bike accident filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the Seattle e-bike company Rad Power Bikes.
- Captain of wrecked WA ferry resignsby David Kroman and Mike Lindblom on August 1, 2022 at 11:16 pm
The boat crashed near West Seattle last week after approaching the dock at high speeds. The Coast Guard is investigating.