I-90 weekend detours return for drivers heading across Lake Washington Oct. 9-12

October 1, 2015

NEW — 11:27 a.m. Oct. 1, 2015

Weekendlong directional closures of the Interstate 90 outer roadways resume starting the weekend of Oct. 9-12. Three more weekendlong directional closures are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2015.

The closures will allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit to continue upgrading the operations systems inside the Mount Baker tunnel and Mercer Island lid. The work also sets the stage for light rail service across I-90.

During the weekendlong closure, all westbound traffic between Bellevue Way and Rainier Avenue South will be reduced to one lane and detoured into the I-90 express lanes.

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Editorial — Keep transportation package moving

March 10, 2015

The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.

A bipartisan group of senators exercised some imagination to negotiate and shepherd the compromise, which includes an 11.7-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, through their chamber. The deal could create an estimated 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.

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Metro Transit seeks input for long-range plans

February 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2015

King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years.

With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet.

The planning effort, “We’ll Get You There: Our Vision for the Future of Public Transportation,” launches at the same time Sound Transit lays the groundwork for further expansion of light rail, and local cities and the Puget Sound Regional Council update their own transportation and comprehensive plans.

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State transportation system faces failure without reforms

November 19, 2013

Here we go again — talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package.

I will not support a tax proposal, which could include an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and a host of new and higher fees, while serious transportation project reforms are needed and folks are struggling to make ends meet.

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Sound Transit wants public input on long term plan

November 2, 2013

NEW — 9:29 a.m. Nov. 2, 2013

Sound Transit wants help to decide where regional transit services could expand after current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023.

The effort to update the region’s long-range plan will provide the vision for transit expansions many years into the future and the regional authority will host several public meetings to gather opinion.

Voters in Central Puget Sound approved the formation of Sound Transit to develop a high-capacity transportation system for our region, where about 40 percent of the state’s residents live. Updating the plan will address how to respond to rising demand and congestion as the regional population grows approximately 30 percent by 2035.

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