Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

From WSDOT:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/06/23_EState.htm

June 29th will be the last day the ferry Evergreen State will be running between Friday Harbor and Anacortes. Catch a ride while you can.

Ben

From Sound Transit:
http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/As-gas-prices-rise-drivers-should-dump-the-pump-06172014

Haven’t ridden transit before? Give it a try on June 19th, national Dump the Pump day.

Ben

From WSDOT:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/06/16_detailsofrepairworkplan.htm

Seattle Tunnel Partners has come up with a plan to repair Bertha, the SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct tunneling machine.

Let’s hope this works.

Ben

From The Seattle Times:
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/06/skagit-bridge-collapse-passing-trucker-thought-noise-was-a-bouncy-load/

It is possible the pilot car may have hit the bridge that collapsed in Skagit County in 2013.

Ben

From Exit 133:
http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/bia-could-pay-to-keep-link-free-until-2016

Downtown Tacoma’s Business Improvement Area may pay to keep running Tacoma Link for free. Sound Transit planned to start charging for the service in 2014.

This makes perfect sense. Tacoma of all cities is set up well to use the light rail as a link into and through downtown; however the short length of the line makes charging for it a difficult sell.

Ben

From the APTA Blog:
http://voicesforpublictransit.org/blog.aspx?id=5-16-2014

Kitsap Transit has a system where workers at the naval shipyard drive buses, which run specific routes to pick up employees and take them to and fro work.

This is an excellent partnership idea that we should see more of.

Ben

From the Seattle Transit Blog:
http://seattletransitblog.com/2014/05/12/sound-transit-releases-lynnwood-everett-analysis/

Interesting analysis and discussion of the options to extend light rail North from Lynnwood into Everett.

Ben

From WSDOT:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/15_SR99TunnelNoAccessContract.htm

A contract has been awarded to connect SR 99 to the North end of the future tunnel.

Ben

From The News Tribune:
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/01/14/2992553/back-to-square-one-for-amtrak.html

After negative reviews of the planned Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square, planners are involving the community on a new design.

This is great news. Imagine the Sounder/Amtrak station that could have been inside Union Station. Let’s do it right.

Ben

From WSDOT:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/SR520PontoonChangeOrder01082014.htm

Design changes and errors on the pontoons for the new SR 520 Bridge have led to cost overruns that have eaten up the reserve budget.

While this project is very complex, this is not good news. The bridge needs to be replaced and done right, but having issues like this will create major issues for the other projects that need to be done statewide.

Ben