August 26, 2015
NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015
Visiting city after city and holding numerous public meetings, King County Metro and Sound Transit officials are working on long-range plans that might spell out the backbone of local mass transit through 2040.
In the case of Sound Transit, the planning process dubbed ST3 likely will lead the agency to placing a funding question on the ballot in November 2016.
Perhaps most noticeably for Eastsiders, Sound Transit’s plan might well include long-discussed light rail service to Issaquah, rail service that easily could impact other local communities, such as Sammamish.
July 9, 2015
Its new designation as a regional growth center means the Central Issaquah Plan area is eligible for at least a portion of the approximately $200 million in grant money given out annually by the Puget Sound Regional Council.
PSRC’s executive board named the plan a growth center June 25. Hoping to gain access to additional grant dollars, the city applied for the designation in March.
June 17, 2015
As of her first appearance before the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce membership at their monthly luncheon June 11, new chamber Executive Director Kathy McCorry had been on the job all of four days.
Reached at the chamber offices June 15, McCorry had to answer using another staffer’s phone. The one in her office wasn’t working yet.
May 27, 2015
State legislators are closer than they’ve been in years to reaching a deal to fix the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. They must not get bogged down by ideology and let slip this opportunity to create jobs and make roads safer.
The Senate already passed a package, including a gas-tax increase, with bipartisan support. Last month, the House Transportation Committee passed two key Senate bills, ESSB 5987 and ESSB 5988. Negotiations are under way to reconcile differences between the Senate and the House’s Democratic leadership.
April 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2015
Beginning at 11 p.m. April 17, the crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will reroute all westbound lanes of Interstate 90 to the express lanes between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South until 5 a.m. April 20.
That will allow contractor crews to continue upgrades to the operations and safety systems in the westbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels.
March 25, 2015
This region is truly world class — from our breathtaking environment to our vibrant communities. But the “world class” label bestowed upon us in a newspaper column last fall — “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic” — must serve as a wake-up call for action.
That headline came after the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 “Congestion Report,” showing us that the gridlock and brake-tapping we’ve been stewing in for years is now significantly worse.
March 10, 2015
A transportation package passed by the state Senate would allocate $15.1 billion for road projects statewide, including three major projects directly affecting Issaquah and Sammamish.
The area could see roadwork totaling $126 million on portions of Interstate 90. The package passed the Senate on Feb. 27, but still must clear the state House of Representatives.
February 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2015
Carpools, vanpools and transit will need to use the mainline exit from eastbound Interstate 90 to Interstate 405 during an eight-week closure of the eastbound I-90 HOV ramp to I-405.
The closure begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 25.
The closure will provide contractor crews from MidMountain Contractors Inc. with the space it needs to realign the HOV ramp. A portion of the work is weather-dependent, and heavy rain or cold temperatures could delay the reopening of the ramp.
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.
February 10, 2015
Sound Transit recently launched a free, regional smartphone app to help Puget Sound-area commuters plan their transit trips.