Lynnwood man is 15th millionth rider on Community Transit’s Swift service

Just a week after its 10-year anniversary, Community Transit’s Swift bus rapid transit service transported its 15 millionth rider. Abbas Razaghzadeh was designated the 15 millionth person to ride Swift as he rode the Swift Blue Line to Crossroads Station in Lynnwood Friday morning. The calculation was made by Community Transit’s data analysts who track…

Lynnwood Link in MLT: 228th St SW Bridge

Over the coming months, NextMLT.com will be exploring how Lynnwood Link is going to impact sites throughout the city of Mountlake Terrace. This is the fifth of 13 locations that Sound Transit discussed during the January 2019 open house in Mountlake Terrace: 228th Street Southwest bridge As northbound trains leave Mountlake Terrace Station at 236th…

Community Transit, Sound Transit schedules during Thanksgiving weekend

Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Thanksgiving Day and the following day, while Sound transit Express bus routes will operate on Sunday schedules. There will be no Sounder commuter rail service on Thanksgiving, and Sounder service from Everett to Seattle will operated on a modified schedule Friday, Nov. 29, one of the biggest…

WSDOT seeks input on draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation develops the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. This compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for review and public comment. The draft 2020-2023 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional,…

Environmental organizations to host transportation forum in Everett Nov. 21

A coalition of environmental organizations are hosting a transportation forum from 7-8:30 pm. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Snohomish County Public Utility District Commission Meeting Room in Everett, The event is being hosted by Audubon Washington and co-hosted by Sno-Isle Sierra Club, Climate Solutions, 350 Everett, Green Snohomish, Fuse, Faith Action Network, Climate Reality Project and…

Now’s the time to plan for Thanksgiving weekend travel, WSDOT says

Just like shopping, prepping the turkey and checking kick-off times before a big holiday gathering, the key to smooth Thanksgiving travel is planning ahead, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. The department urges all travelers to use WSDOT tools to help plan holiday travels: Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to…

Traveling to Seattle this weekend? Plan for added congestion, delays

People traveling to and from the Seattle area this weekend should plan for added congestion and travel delays due to maintenance and construction on state highways, as well as a championship soccer match. Additionally, tolling in the State Route 99 tunnel begins Saturday morning, Nov. 9. Eastbound SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and…

Prepare now for winter snow and ice, WSDOT says

With winter fast approaching, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for driving in inclement weather. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles before traveling on snow and ice. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also…

Expect delays during repairs to Seattle’s Aurora bridge, starting Oct. 31

Attention all those who commute to Seattle: Washington State Department of Transportation crews have developed a plan to repair a damaged support beam connection below Seattle’s Aurora bridge. The bridge will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for approximately 10 days of work beginning 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. The lane closures create room for…

Reminder: Community Transit holding on-site job fair Oct. 30

Community Transit is hosting a job fair at its Everett administrative building Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3-6 p.m. The public is invited to learn about positions that will support bus service expansion in Snohomish County. The transit agency plans to hire 100 bus driver trainees by the end of 2020 to accommodate expansion of service…

Use Hwy 99 through Seattle? Southbound Aurora Bridge reduced to two lanes this week

Attention to all commuting to Seattle via Highway 99: The right lane of the southbound Highway 99 Aurora bridge will remain closed around-the-clock this week. Travelers should plan for delays, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes, if traveling toward downtown Seattle through Fremont and Wallingford. During an in-depth inspection of the structure, Washington State…

Reminder: Rolling slowdowns on I-5 for light rail work Oct. 22-25

Seattle City Light crews plan to relocate existing overhead power lines over Interstate 5 near Northeast 189th and 195th streets to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. This work will result in traffic impacts Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 22-25. To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns…

Scene in MLT: Interim park and ride ready for customers

With the temporary closure of the surface parking lot at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center Saturday night for light rail station construction, the interim park and ride lot at 56th Avenue West and 232nd Street Southwest is ready to serve customers. Riders of Community Transit routes 810 and 871 to the University District should look…

Reminder: Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surface parking lot to close Oct. 19

Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, the surface parking lot at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center is scheduled to close for about 18 months for construction of the light rail project. Parking will be replaced by an Interim Park and Ride lot, located on the corner of 56th Avenue West and 232nd Street Southwest…

Mountlake Terrace man honored as Million Mile Community Transit driver

A Mountlake Terrace man is one of two Community Transit drivers awarded the agency’s prestigious Million Mile Award this week for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. The drivers qualified for the distinction by meeting strict National Safety Council guidelines for driving. Joe Kellen reached a million miles of safe driving. To join…

Rolling slowdowns on I-5 for Sound Transit work Oct. 7-9

Seattle City Light crews plan to relocate existing overhead power lines over Interstate 5 near Northeast 200th and 203rd Streets to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. This work will result in traffic impacts on Oct. 7-9. To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns…

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Community Transit seeks public comment on new six-year plan

Community Transit has released its draft 2019-2024 Transit Development Plan and is seeking public comment through Oct. 31. Priorities of the plan include access and connectivity to Sound Transit’s Link light rail, with a focus on expanded service. The six-year plan also calls for hiring about 160 new employees by 2024 to help provide 37…

Sound Transit awards MLT $500K for Veteran’s Memorial Park trail connector

Sound Transit’s Board of Directors voted Thursday to award $500,000 to the City of Mountlake Terrace for the Veteran’s Memorial Park Trail Light Rail Connector. Mountlake Terrace is one of 27 jurisdictions to receive funding for projects aimed at making it easier and more convenient to get to transit. The Mountlake Terrace light rail station, part of the Sound…

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surface parking lot to close Oct. 19

The Mountlake Terrace Transit Center surface parking lot, which will serve as a staging area for Sound Transit light rail station construction, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The parking garage at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center will remain open. Parking will be replaced by an interim park and ride lot, located…

Nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 continue near Mountlake Terrace Sept. 21, 28

In order to establish safe work zones for Lynnwood Link Light Rail construction, Sound Transit’s contractor will be implementing nighttime traffic controls including southbound lane, bus stop and on-ramp/off-ramp closures on I-5 from 220th Street Southwest to State Route 104 for re-striping and concrete barrier setting. Drivers should expect delays and consider using alternate routes…

Community Transit to increase Swift trips, add more Sunday bus service

Community Transit announced it will continue to add service this fall with additional Swift bus rapid transit trips early mornings and Saturdays, longer Sunday service hours, and better transit connections. These service changes take effect starting Sept. 22. Both the Swift Blue and Green lines will begin weekday service earlier, at 4:15 a.m., and will run…

Community Transit, Sound Transit schedules for Labor Day, Sept. 2

Community Transit and Sound Transit will operate on Sunday schedules on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. There won’t be any Community Transit commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District on Labor Day. While Sound Transit’s Sounder train won’t run on Labor Day, the ST Express, Link light rail and Tacoma Link will operate on a…

Light rail-related rolling slowdowns planned on I-5 Aug. 27-29

Seattle City Light crews plan to relocate existing overhead power lines over Interstate 5 near Northeast 180th Street to support Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project. This work will result in traffic impacts on Aug. 27-29. To complete this work safely, Washington State Patrol troopers and contracted crews must intermittently conduct rolling slowdowns of traffic in…