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Pierce, Snohomish County Transit Turn Down Gun Control Ads

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Snohomish-Pierce-County-transits-say-no-to-gun-control-ads-208247721.html Snohomish and Pierce County transit groups say new ads from Washington Ceasefire are too controversial. They will not be displayed on the agencies buses. Ben

Highway 99 Tunnel Sections Being Made in Pierce County

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020994042_99tunnelringsxml.html The concrete tunnel sections for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel are being built by a company in Frederickson. Great they are being made in the US and in Pierce County. Ben

SR 99 Tunnel Creates Jobs in Pierce County

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/14/2597387/expanded-encon-plant-another-sign.html Frederickson’s Encon plant is building the tunnel sections for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel. Great to see this work stay local. Ben

Seaplane Float Coming to the Foss Waterway

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/business/2013/05/06/long-sought-seaplane-float-coming-to-tacoma-in-june/ A place for seaplanes to tie up will be added to the mouth of the Foss Waterway in June. Ben

Confused by SR 16 Signage?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/05/2585701/traffic-qa-confused-by-sr-16-signage.html The exit sign from Northbound Interstate 5 to Westbound SR 16 isn’t very clear. WSDOT says they will fix it. Ben

New Tacoma Link Route: Downtown to Hilltop

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/30/2579156/tacomalink.html The Tacoma City Council has gone with a plan that would extend Tacoma Link up to the Hilltop district. It is believed this routing will draw the most ridership. Ben

Pierce Transit Union Plans No-Confidence Vote On CEO

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/28/2576078/pierce-transit-union-plans-no.html#emlnl=Local_News With all the reductions in service and staff, Pierce Transit’s union plans a no-confidence vote for the Pierce Transit CEO. This is understandable. Like most things nowdays, the organization is very top-heavy while the rank and file take the brunt of the cuts. Interesting to see how this plays out. […]

Ferry Fares Increasing May 1

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/FerryFares_042413.htm Ferry fares will increase with a 25% surcharge beginning May 1, same as every summer. Ben

Tacoma City Council to Recommend Link Routing

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/23/2568903/council-to-recommend-link-route.html#emlnl=Local_News The Tacoma City Council will be choosing between several possible routes to expand Link light rail in Tacoma. A listing of the possible routes is available here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Tacoma-Link-Expansion It is good to see this project moving forward. The current line in Downtown Tacoma gets decent ridership, which should only increase […]

Gig Harbor Overpass Repairs to Cost $1 Million

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/10/2552050/gig-harbor-overpass-repairs-to.html#emlnl=Local_News Damage caused March 17th by a too-tall truck to the Olympic Drive overpass in Gig Harbor will cost $1 million to replace. This should be paid by the trucking company and/or their insurance. Yes this overpass has been hit before. Ben