Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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Washington – Oregon Integrated Passenger Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to build an integrated passenger rail corridor from Eugene, OR to Vancouver, BC. This is instead of the current system where each state manages their section. Given the heavy use of the Amtrak Cascades on this corridor this will be a good thing. The less layers of […]

WSDOT and ODOT Working on Integrated Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to join forces and manage the passenger rail corridor from Vancouver BC to Eugene, OR as one entity. This should help improve Amtrak Cascades service. Ben

WSDOT High Speed Rail Projects

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Rail/Projects.htm Interesting look at high speed rail projects in Washington. Ben

New WSDOT Cameras are Live North of Everett

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/01/08_I5NewCamerasOnline.htm Cameras and traffic flow meters have now been added between Everett and Arlington on the Seattle Traffic Flow Map. Ben

Multiple Issues In Washington

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/01/19_SnowResponse9pm.htm Many roads closed, trees down and power outages. Ben

Auditor to Examine Sound Transit

From The News Tribune: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017171333_audit06.html The state auditor’s office will look at Sound Transit, including their ridership statistics and their promises to the public. I welcome an audit, but I hope they also look at things in context. For example, what is ridership like during the peak commute periods, and has it helped with traffic? […]

Ground Breaking on West Coast Electric Highway

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/12/28_BellinghamEVcharging.htm Construction begins in Bellingham on the state’s first rapid charging station for electric vehicles. This is part of the West Coast Electric Highway project, an effort to create a chain of these charging stations, ensuring that electric vehicles will be able to travel for long distances. While a good idea, I am […]

Ferries Have Near-Perfect On-Time Performance Record

From The Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/nov/14/washington-state-ferries-director-touts-on-time/ Washington State Ferries director David Moseley says the ferry system has a 99.2 percent on-time record. With all the problems the ferry system has faced in recent years, this is great news. The ferries provide essential service across Puget Sound and should be preserved at all costs. Ben  

WSDOT Testing the Kennewick in Puget Sound

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/10/05_KennewickBuildersTrials.htm  The state’s newest ferry, the Kennewick, will undergo sea trials in Puget Sound the next few weeks. Good to see another ship come down the ways. The ferries are a critical part of the transportation infrastructure in the Puget Sound area, and some ships have needed to be replaced for years. Ben

New Lynnwood Interchange Opened

From Lynnwood Today: http://lynnwoodtoday.com/2011/10/02/196th-tunnel-opens/ The new 196th street interchange, very near the interchange with I-405, has now opened to traffic. This braided interchange will dramatically help traffic in the area. Ben