Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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Bonney Lake, Sumner Want to Keep Commuter Bus Route

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/16/2070438/bonney-lake-sumner-mayors-hope.html Pierce Transit Route 496, now connecting the Sumner Sounder station with the Bonney Lake Park and Ride, will be going away due to budget cuts. Both cities hope to find a way to save the route. I hope this happens. With the heavy use of the Sounder, couple with the […]

Transportation Budget Passes, But It Isnt Enough

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017727512_transpo11m.html A new transportation budget has been passed by the state, but it barely covers maintenance, not all the work that needs to be done. We definitely need to find new funding sources to improve our transportation system. Ben

Group Approves Pierce Transit Exclusions

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/09/2059134/group-approves-pierce-transit.html A new map of Pierce Transit service excludes the cities of Orting, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Dupont. While I understand the funding and tax collection controversies, this will end up being a bad idea. These cities are some of the fastest growing in Pierce County, and in most cases are […]

SR 520 Tolls Affecting Interstate 5 Drivers

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017667794_520traffic05m.html Tolls on the SR 520 bridge, to be used to pay for its replacement, are forcing drivers to I-90 and I-5. While expected, this is still unfortunate. In the current budgetary environment, tolls are the best way to pay for this project. Ben

Sumner Could Leave Pierce Transit

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Sumner-mayor-says-city-could-opt-out-of-bus-service-140656813.html Due to loss of service with the falloff in tax revenue Sumner may opt out of the Pierce Transit service area. While understandable, this would be a bad idea. Like most of the South Sound Sumner is growing and lacks most of the infrastructure to handle the growth. Opting out of the […]

Tri-Met Challenges & Choices

http://trimet.org/choices/why-is-there-a-budget-shortfall.htm Unfortunately Portland’s Tri-Met is also facing budget problems like all of us right now. This site explains the problem and the options. Ben

Narrows Bridge Toll Increase Would Hurt Businesses and Families

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/08/2018393/residents-say-raising-narrows.html Residents of the Kitsap Peninsula testifying at a tolling committee meeting say that increasing the toll would be very detrimental to the Peninsula. I am very split on this issue. The new bridge was necessary, and it is better that only those who use it pay for it. However the […]

Sumner Pulls Out of Pierce Transit

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/24/1996016/lack-of-service-compels-sumner.html Due to a lack of service, Sumner has opted to pull out of the Pierce Transit taxing district. While understandable, this may end up being a bad idea. Sumner is growing and has a large Sounder station with limited parking. A better solution would be a way to balance service […]

Gregoire Proposes 3.6 Billion Transportation Package

From KOMO News: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Gregoire-calls-for-36B-transportation-package-137031788.html Governor Gregoire has proposed a 3.6 billion transportation package to maintain roads, funded in part by a $100 fee on electric vehicles and a $1.50 fee on oil produced here. While times are tough, something needs to be done about transportation in the state. The state is still doing well despite […]

Low Income Not Affected By 520 Tolling

From KING-5 via MSNBC: