Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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Kenmore May Toll Samamish River Bridges

From KIRO-TV: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/tolling-may-begin-sammamish-river-bridges/nSkTd/ The City of Kenmore is considering tolling the Samamish River bridges on SR 522. The bridges need to be replaced and many users are using them to avoid the tolls on the SR 520 bridge. Well we decided we didn’t want to pay taxes or car tabs, so all that is left […]

Light Rail Plans Tweaked for Bellevue

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019282289_lightrail28m.html Plans are being tweaked for the East Link extension in order to lower costs and hopefully afford a tunnel downtown. Ben

Some Sumner Council Members Upset About Leaving Pierce Transit

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/05/30/2163219/some-on-sumner-council-upset-over.html Some council members feel the Sumner mayor acted on his own to remove Sumner from the Pierce Transit service and taxing area. They feel it should have had a City Council vote. Hard to say. Sumner did have limited service, but now they will have no service and it will […]

Towers, Cables for Portage Bay Bridge?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018307648_bridgedesigns29m.html A potential replacement for the Portage Bay Viaduct on the SR 520 Bridge Project could include a cable stay bridge. While a bit more expensive, the bridge would be dramatic and would be designed to fit into the community. I say spend the money. We will be stuck with this […]

Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Transportation Taxes

From KOMO-TV http://www.komonews.com/news/local/McKenna-Inslee-weigh-in-on-transportation-taxes-152641275.html Candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee were asked about possible tax increases to fund transportation. McKenna said yes one will be necessary; Inslee won’t commit. Unfortunately as the cost of everything continues to increase, the area grows and projects are deferred, yes, we will need to find ways to raise more money […]

Sound Transit Identifies Route and Stations for North Link

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/options-for-study-for-light-rail-to-Lynnwood.xml Sound Transit has identified a route along I-5 and potential stations at seven locations for the North Link extension to Lynnwood. It is good to see the project moving ahead. Expanding the system, especially North where there is heavy traffic on Interstate 5, can only help improve traffic and grow ridership. […]

Metro Bus Routes Changing, Cut Back

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018048773_metrobus23m.html Large changes are coming to Metro bus routes in September. Service will be cut in outlying areas to fund more rapid reliable service in the city. While service should go to where it is best used, it is also important to have a robust, expansive system as well. Ben

Pierce Transit Board Makeup Changing

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/20/2114472/pierce-transit-changes-allocation.html Smaller cities will have more representation on the Pierce Transit board. Hopefully this will allow for more effective planning and less cuts in service as was faced earlier this year. Ben

BNSF Concerned About Stadium Proposal

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/arena/Major-railway-also-has-concerns-about-new-Seattle-arena-146687835.html Railway company BNSF is concerned about a proposal to build a new NBA/NHL area South of Safeco Field. The area would also be in the same area as the Port of Seattle served by this railroad. The concern is traffic in the area with three sport facilities would increase and block freight […]

Could Light Rail Tunnel Crack Building?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017786224_lightrailtunnel19m.html The owner of a brick building across the street from the Capitol Hill Station on the University Link extension is concerned that drilling the tunnel below the building may cause damage. This is possible but unlikely. And it raises a bigger concern: in an earthquake zone, if you are worried […]