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Say Goodbye to the Evergreen State

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

Documents Released About Skagit Bridge Collapse

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

Lynnwood to Everett Light Rail Analysis Released

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

Freight Delaying Empire Builder

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022516636_freightamtrakxml.html There is so much freight on the BNSF tracks used by Amtrak’s Empire Builder that it is being constantly delayed. Much of this is due to oil coming out of North Dakota. Sounds like it’s time to expand the line. Ben

New Tool for Ferry Users

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/17_Newestonlinetool.htm WSDOT is launching a new tool that will tell you the number of available spaces at a particular terminal for a particular sailing. This is a great new tool for those who use the ferry system. Ben

Preferred Alternative Picked for Lynnwood Light Rail

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Sound-Transit-board-picks-preferred-alternative–for-Lynnwood-Link-light-rail-112113 The preferred alternative has been picked to extend light rail from Northgate to Lynnwood. The route will mostly follow Interstate 5. Given how many commuters come into the city from the North end, this is a good thing. Ben

Ferries May Be Running on LNG

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/LNG_11202013.htm The Washington State Ferry system is working towards using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel source. This would be implemented on the Issaquah class ferries. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Environment/LNG.htm Ben

Permanent Skagit River Bridge Opens

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/15_PermanentI5SkagitRiverBridgeOpens.htm The permanent replacement span for the damaged Skagit River Bridge has opened. Ben

New Skagit River Bridge to be Installed Saturday Night

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/09_I5SkagitRiverBridgespanupdate.html The replacement Skagit River span will be slid into place Saturday, September 14th. This is great news for the North Sound. Ben

Landslide Rail Projects Beginning

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/19_rail_landslide_solutions.htm Projects to reduce or eliminate the landslides that blocked rail traffic in the North corridor are underway. They include projects to stabilize hillsides. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/slidemanagement/ This is great news. Amtrak Cascades and Sounder commuter rail service have been detrimentally affected by the multiple slides in this corridor. Hopefully […]