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Seattle Times: Bus cuts, delayed projects, rider fear – Coronavirus will bring years of pain for transit
“Before the coronavirus pandemic, King County Metro was defying a trend.As fewer people rode buses in cities all over America, riders were flocking to board here. Metro couldn’t hire and train drivers fast enough and didn’t have enough space at its maintenance bases...
“Despite years of prosperity and abundant revenue, Seattle entered 2020 with a deep backlog of maintenance and repair needs. “Read the article
“America will awake to a harsh reality that all transit advocates will still deny — public transit is broken in most of North American and even lots of Europe.”Read the article
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
- Overnight I-5 closures planned this weekend at...by Mike Lindblom on January 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Northbound I-5 at Mountlake Terrace will close at night this weekend as crews continue work to build a Sound Transit light-rail bridge over the freeway.
- Gas taxes and fees could reach $1 per gallon...by Mike Lindblom on January 20, 2021 at 2:42 am
State Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, is proposing a an new transportation plan that leans more toward transit, carpooling and walk-bike routes than past versions that emphasized highways.
- From Tacoma to Ballard, light-rail changes,...by Mike Lindblom on January 15, 2021 at 3:30 am
Sound Transit's officials dig deeper into the newly disclosed $5 billion cost increase for ST3 rail projects. The cost of real estate might even encourage tunnels, if elevated tracks become too expensive.
- Washington state greenhouse gas emissions rose in...by Hal Bernton on January 15, 2021 at 1:14 am
Washington state greenhouse gas emissions edged higher in 2018, according to a new analysis. Emissions are expected to fall in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Washington state ferry ridership dropped to...by Michelle Baruchman on January 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Washington state ferry ridership fell to its lowest level since 1975 last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency predicts ridership will increase this year.
- Landslide risk cancels Sounder trains between...by Mike Lindblom on January 12, 2021 at 11:30 pm
Sounder North trains won't operate this week, because of expected rain and the threat of landslides. Replacement buses will be provided at the train stations.
- Cost of building light rail to West Seattle,...by Michelle Baruchman on January 8, 2021 at 12:45 am
Estimated costs for extending Sound Transit light rail to both Ballard and West Seattle have risen by about $4 billion — more than 50% — the agency's deputy CEO told board members on Thursday.
- Washington Legislature 2021: a chance of fuel...by Mike Lindblom on January 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm
State lawmakers will make another try at gas or carbon taxes in 2021 as debt rises, highways crumble and the atmosphere warms. They've been somewhere around 15 cents per gallon in the past, and new talks have started. Here are the transportation proposals.
- New Mukilteo ferry terminal opens, inspired by...by Michelle Baruchman on December 31, 2020 at 1:18 am
The new Mukilteo ferry terminal opened Tuesday evening, a $187 million building inspired by a Coast Salish longhouse. It is the first new terminal to open for the Washington State Ferries in 40 years.
- Uber will charge significantly more per trip as...by Michelle Baruchman on December 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The increase comes as Seattle's new minimum wage law for ride-hailing drivers takes effect. The new wage requirements, approved by the City Council, are meant to keep pay for Uber and Lyft drivers on par with other workers in the city who will now earn at least the $16.69 an hour.