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Mariya Frost is the director of the Coles Center for Transportation at the Washington Policy Center. Four years ago, transportation experts predicted Sound Transit’s light rail expansion would be obsolete before it’s built. Now, Covid-19’s impact on how we...
SEATTLE — If you think the commute in and out of West Seattle is rough now – get ready for January. The Washington State Department of Transportation said they will be doing some critical work to the First Avenue South Bridge that will require...
Performance audit of Sound Transit reveals over $100 million spent to fix mistakes and missing information
From the Washington Policy Center: The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) released a performance audit of Sound Transit, finding that the agency should spend more time upfront in carefully designing and planning projects to reduce high...
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
- Complicated, ‘breathtaking’ segment of...by Katherine Anne Long on September 21, 2021 at 1:37 am
A $7.5 million grant from Amazon will allow King County to complete one of the most complicated parts of a planned 42-mile trail system by 2024, county and company executives announced Monday.
- After major delays Monday morning, Sounder S Line...by Daisy Zavala on September 20, 2021 at 2:11 pm
Sound Transit S Line trains were significantly delayed Monday morning as officials responded to a medical incident on the train tracks north of Auburn, according to Sound Transit. Late morning and afternoon trains will run on schedule.
- Wild weather plus terrible Seattle drivers: Stay...by Christine Clarridge on September 17, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Whether this is your first season of driving in Seattle rain or your 77th, remember that collisions are most common on Western Washington roads during the first rain after a long dry spell. Here are some tips to help you drive safely.
- Staffing shortages cause canceled ferry sailingsby The Associated Press on September 16, 2021 at 12:43 pm
Staffing shortages at Washington State Ferries resulted in 51 canceled sailings on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Sept. 9-13. A spokesperson said crew members were out because of COVID diagnoses, quarantining and getting vaccinations.
- Driver arrested in fatal Sodo collision early...by Daisy Zavala on September 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm
Seattle police are investigating after a driver struck and killed a woman early Wednesday in Sodo. Police arrested the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated, and transported him to a nearby hospital for a blood draw.
- New York-based transit company to launch rapid...by JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN on September 15, 2021 at 3:25 pm
A New York-based transportation company plans to offer direct trips between Seattle and Portland starting next month. OurBus will launch its Seattle-to-Portland route as a “holiday service,” on days with a high volume of travelers.
- A quarter of a million long commutes disappeared...by Gene Balk / FYI Guy on September 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm
With more people working from home or some other distant location, a lot of commutes simply no longer exist — at least for the time being. During the pandemic, the number of people commuting 20 minutes or longer plummeted. So why is traffic so bad?
- Why Seattle-area travelers might want to stay...by Mike Lindblom on September 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm
From freeway lanes to light rail and the Montlake Bridge, transportation maintenance and repair projects will frustrate Seattle-area travelers this weekend. Some closures will conflict with major sporting events.
- Bremerton ferry route down to one boat through...by Christine Clarridge on September 8, 2021 at 1:53 pm
The Seattle-Bremerton route is down to one boat, the Chimacum, until further notice due to maintenance, crewing challenges and a shortage of available vessels, the Washington State Ferries said in a bulletin.
- Northgate light rail opens Oct. 2. How will the...by Michelle Baruchman on September 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Sound Transit's latest light-rail extension opens Oct. 2 with new stations in the University District, Roosevelt and Northgate. How will this new line, and related bus-service changes, affect your travel routine?