Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Transit' Category


Are Park and Pay Lots Coming?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018763016_soundtransit25m.html Due to overcrowding at Sound Transit’s park and rides, they are toying with the idea of charging a fee to park there. I am torn. We need people to use these systems and in all honesty most lots were not designed with high capacity despite being on high capacity lines […]

Transit Smackdown

From Sightline Daily: http://daily.sightline.org/2012/07/18/transit-smackdown-seattle-vs-portland-vs-vancouver/ A review of transit in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, BC. Hint: Vancouver won. Wonder how much of that has to do with their extensive light rail system? Ben

Public Transit Ridership Up Sharply

From NBC News: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/06/04/12051097-public-transit-ridership-rising-sharply-advocacy-group-reports?lite Public transit ridership was up 5% in the first 3 months of 2012, due in part to higher gas prices. If people are using the systems, now is the time to expand them. Ben

Some Sumner Council Members Upset About Leaving Pierce Transit

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/05/30/2163219/some-on-sumner-council-upset-over.html Some council members feel the Sumner mayor acted on his own to remove Sumner from the Pierce Transit service and taxing area. They feel it should have had a City Council vote. Hard to say. Sumner did have limited service, but now they will have no service and it will […]

North Sounder Shut Down Due to Mudslide

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Mudslide-hits-railroad-tracks-on-Seattle-waterfront-150154515.html Due to a mudslide on the Seattle Waterfront, Northbound Sounder service will be canceled for 48 hours. This always seems to happen on the North line… Ben

Sound Transit to Operate Bonney Lake – Sumner Shuttle

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/New-Express-route-596.xml Sound Transit will take over the operation of the shuttle between the Bonney Lake Park and Ride and the Sumner Sounder station. The current route, run by Pierce Transit, was going to be canceled due to budget cuts. This is great news. With both the growth of the Bonney Lake area […]

Metro Bus Routes Changing, Cut Back

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018048773_metrobus23m.html Large changes are coming to Metro bus routes in September. Service will be cut in outlying areas to fund more rapid reliable service in the city. While service should go to where it is best used, it is also important to have a robust, expansive system as well. Ben

Pierce Transit Board Makeup Changing

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/20/2114472/pierce-transit-changes-allocation.html Smaller cities will have more representation on the Pierce Transit board. Hopefully this will allow for more effective planning and less cuts in service as was faced earlier this year. Ben

Should Transit Be Practical or Fun?

Article from Publicola: http://publicola.com/2012/04/18/should-transit-be-practical-or-fun/ Article discusses what public transportation’s purpose should be. I would argue it should serve as many people as possible, but yes it also does have to make it worthwhile to use. Ben

Bonney Lake, Sumner Want to Keep Commuter Bus Route

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/16/2070438/bonney-lake-sumner-mayors-hope.html Pierce Transit Route 496, now connecting the Sumner Sounder station with the Bonney Lake Park and Ride, will be going away due to budget cuts. Both cities hope to find a way to save the route. I hope this happens. With the heavy use of the Sounder, couple with the […]