Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'South Sound' Category


BIA May Pay to Keep Tacoma Link Free

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 […]

New Plans for Tacoma Amtrak Station

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

New Nalley Valley Viaduct Opens Early

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/5_EBNalleyValleyOpensEarly.htm The new Eastbound Nalley Valley Viaduct has opened to traffic early. Ben

Area Trails Get Federal Grants

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/01/02/2974524/regions-trails-including-prairie.html Many cities in the South Sound received money to work on trail systems in their city. Ben

Traffic Revision Coming to SR 16

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/30_SR16TrafficRevision.htm On January 3rd, WSDOT will redirect traffic from the temporary to the new Nalley Valley Viaduct on SR 16. This is great news. This project has been long in coming. Ben

Anatomy of a Response

From The WSDOT Blog: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/anatomy-of-response-i-5-at-mounts-rd.html Post from WSDOT discusses the truck fire and shutdown of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road, breaking down the entire incident. 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

Fife Limits Trucks on Milroy Bridge

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/12/16/2950849/fife-seeks-to-ban-big-rigs-on.html Fife is looking to ba big rigs on the Milroy Bridge, an older steel bridge across the Puyallup River. It is narrow and ends at a stop light, so it isn’t really designed for trucks. Ben

Interstate 5 Bridge Delay due to Puyallup Tribe

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/12/09/2938777/state-blames-i-5-bridge-delay.html Construction of two new Interstate 5 bridges across the Puyallup River has been delayed by concerns raised by the Puyallup tribe. It is important to move this project along; however it is also important to do it right. Let’s hope we reach a consensus soon. Ben

Traffic Restrictions Coming to SR 16

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/09_weekendSR16closure.htm Lots of work is coming in January to switch traffic over to the new bridge on the SR 16/Nalley Valley Viaduct. Ben