Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'South Sound' Category


Tunnel Liner Manufacturer Shuts Down

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/02/2663448/viaduct-liner-builder-fps-encon.html The manufacturer of tunnel lining segments for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel has shut down over issues with the contract. Hopefully the problem is resolved soon. This project, like many here, is way overdue. Ben

Take Sounder to the US Open?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/28/2657987/sounder-trains-could-shuttle-fans.html Sound Transit is exploring the possibility of running Sounder trains to the 2015 US Open. Trains could run around Point Defiance and drop off right at the course. This is an excellent idea. The Sounder gets heavy usage for special events already. Ben

New Exit to South 38th Street in Tacoma Opens Early

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/2013_06_20_38thStreetExitOpensEarly.htm The new ramp to South 38th Street from Interstate 5, allowing access to the Tacoma Mall and Costco among other locations is reopening early. Ben

Open Houses for Federal Way Transit Extension

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Federal-Way-Transit-Ext-open-house-61113 Open houses will be held on June 19th and 26th to discuss transit access to Federal Way. Yes this would cover a possible LINK extension from the airport. Ben

Pierce Transit Cuts Bus Service

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/10/2633333/pierce-transit-board-cuts-bus.html Pierce Transit will be cutting hours this Fall, especially to small cities in Pierce County. Ben

Milton, Edgewood and Fife Propose New Bus Route

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/09/2632268/milton-edgewood-and-fife-protest.html With cuts to Pierce Transit service looming, the cities of Milton, Fife and Edgewood are proposing a circulator route to replace the 500/501 that will be cut back. This is a good idea. Fife especially has a large transient population of workers during the day who need access to the […]

Seaplane Float Opens on the Foss Waterway

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/09/2632220/seaplane-float-opens-tacoma-to.html A new seaplane float has opened at the mouth of the Foss Waterway. This will allow charter flights and seaplane owners to access Downtown Tacoma. Ben

New Designs for the Prairie Line Trail

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/08/2630202/architect-helps-tacoma-imagine.html The latest design concepts for the Prairie Line Trail in Downtown Tacoma have it functioning as a linear park. This will be a great asset to downtown. Ben

Sumner to Replace Two Bridges

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/02/2622631/sumner-plans-to-replace-pair-of.html Sumner is planning to replace two deficient bridges in their city. This is good news. We should be striving to upgrade our infrastructure whenever possible. Ben

MicMillin Bridge to Be Replaced

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/30/2618915/historic-mcmillin-bridge-near.html The historic McMillin bridge, a rare concrete through truss, will need to be replaced. It is functionally obsolete. The funded plan will be to build a new bridge next to it and then tear the old one down. Ben