Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Transit' Category


Kitsap Transit Worker-Driver System

From the APTA Blog: http://voicesforpublictransit.org/blog.aspx?id=5-16-2014 Kitsap Transit has a system where workers at the naval shipyard drive buses, which run specific routes to pick up employees and take them to and fro work. This is an excellent partnership idea that we should see more of. 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

New Bus Lanes Coming to Aurora Ave.

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-bus-lanes-could-mean-longer-Aurora-Ave-commute-222894221.html New BAT (Business Access/Transit) lanes will be added to Aurora Avenue from 115th to the Aurora Bridge. This is partially in support of the new RapidRide E line. Ben

TriMet Mobile Ticketing App Released

From Tri-Met: http://trimet.org/mobiletickets/ Download the new mobile ticketing app for iPhones and Android. The app allows you to buy tickets and passes on your smartphone. Ben

Special Sounder to the Tacoma Military Parade

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Special-military-parade-train-822 A special Sounders train will run from Lakewood to the Tacoma Dome Station for the military parade in Downtown Tacoma this weekend. It will also run for the Sounders game Sunday night. Why not give the Sounder a try? Ben

No Brake Issues With Sound Transit Bus

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021180840_buscrashtotemlakexml.html No brake issues were found on the bus that killed an Eastside couple last month. Bem

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 […]

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

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. […]