Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'South Sound' Category


Love Locks Come to Tacoma

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Lock-On-Tacoma-dedication-112213 An art project inspired by Paris has come to the Tacoma Sounder extension. People can attach their own “love locks” to the supports of the Sounder bridge in Downtown Tacoma. Ben

I-5 Auxilary Lane to Open in Lakewood

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/21_I5AuxLaneLakewood.htm A new Southbound auxiliary lane from Thorne Lane to Berkley Street will open right before Thanksgiving. This lane should help with the horrible congestion in this area. 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

Tacoma Link Expansion May Be Tough

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/14/2890403/link-expansion-faces-a-tough-road.html There are multiple possible routings to get Link to go up the hill from Downtown Tacoma, all with their own issues. Let’s do it right the first time. Ben

$1 Fare Coming to Tacoma Link

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/News-release-archive/1-fare-for-Tacoma-Link- Tacoma Link will begin charging a $1 fare in September 2014. This is due to increased ridership. While understandable, this is unfortunate. The route is short and so a $1 fare will likely discourage ridership, even though it is a more efficient way to visit Downtown Tacoma. Ben

Sprague Interchange Coming Together

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/09/14/2783920/not-so-strange-sprague-interchange.html The Sprague Avenue interchange on the new SR 16 Nalley Valley Viaduct is coming together. Ben

Take the Train to the Fair

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services/Washington-State-Fair Sound Transit will be running Sounder trains from the North and South on September 14th and 21st to Puyallup where a free shuttle will take you to the fair. This is great news since Pierce Transit canceled all their special bus service to the fair. Ben

$24 Million in TIGER Grants for Sound Transit

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Tiger-Grand-Funds-830 The money from federal TIGER funds will be used to add HOV lanes in both directions on the Interstate 90 floating bridge. This is so light rail can be run down the center lanes of the bridge. Also, money will be used to double-track the existing Milwaukee Road trestle in Tacoma […]

Stadium Way to Reopen Wednesday

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/29/2755724/tacoma-stadium-way-set-to-open.html Stadium Way in downtown Tacoma will reopen Wednesday after being closed for rebuilding. Given what an important connector this is between downtown and the Stadium district this is excellent timing. Ben

Tacoma Drivers More Accident Prone

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/28/2753748/tacoma-drivers-accident-prone.html Tacoma drivers are 24% more likely to get in an auto accident. Wonder how much of that has to do with traffic congestion in the area… Ben