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Big businesses pouring money into the Sound Transit 3 ‘yes’ campaign

Big business, from Microsoft to Vulcan Inc., is pouring lots of money into the campaign to pass Sound Transit 3, the $54 billion measure that would expand light rail in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, including to Tacoma. ST3 opponents are calling foul, but one political science expert questions whether all that money will make a difference.

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More WSP motorcycles coming to I-5, and troopers want you to know

Washington State Patrol will have 10 motorcycle troopers stationed along Interstate 5 in Tacoma on Thursday to promote safer driving habits. The troopers will be on northbound and southbound I-5 between the Portland Avenue East and South 56th Street exits, an area with the highest collision rates in Pierce and Thurston counties.

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Sounder commuter trains soon will have better Wi-Fi

By the end of the month, 58 Sounder commuter coaches on the north and south lines will have wireless routers that will vastly improve connectivity on the popular trains, Sound Transit reported this week. The routers are part of a $60,000 project to improve the regional transit agency’s ability to collect data “to better monitor the traffic and performance of the system,” a spokewoman said.

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Carpoolers will get edge for Sound Transit parking – for a price

Beginning Sept. 24, commuters who carpool to Sound Transit’s Tukwila International Boulevard station or the new Angle Lake light rail station will be able to buy a $5 monthly permit that will give them priority parking during the morning rush hour. The program will expand to Sounder south line stations in Sumner, Puyallup, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila in October and to Sound Transit hubs in Federal Way and Issaquah in November.

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Ramp and lane closures galore slated for Interstate 5, state Route 410

Drivers traveling overnight through Tacoma on Interstate 5 this week might encounter delays as construction crews restrict lanes and close ramps to continue working on the carpool expansion project. Traffic also will be restricted around Portland Avenue and East 28th Street for most of the week, and work on an expansion joint on state Route 410 near Sumner will require ramp closures there

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Changes are coming to a Pierce Transit bus route near you

Pierce Transit is expanding or changing bus service on 13 routes, including those along the Sixth Avenue-Pacific Avenue, South 19th Street-Bridgeport and Lakewood-South Hill lines. The expansions are part of an agency plan to restore 59,000 service hours in Tacoma, Lakewood and other parts of Pierce County by the end of 2017. That would bring to 502,000 hours of service the agency provides annually.

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Footage from Canyon Road Pioneer Way wreck

Video footage from the aftermath of a serious accident at Canyon Road and Pioneer Way that left at least two people injured and blocked the intersection on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, after a tractor-trailer lost its brakes and collided with two other vehicles.

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Expected traffic tie-ups in Tacoma didn’t materialize Sunday

The traffic tie-ups that could have been Sunday weren’t there, and Washington state Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Adamson applauded local drivers for staying off the highways. Construction projects on one of state Route 16’s Tacoma Narrows bridges and on southbound Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome, coupled with crowds driving to watch the airshow at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, threatened to heavily congest traffic in Tacoma.

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Footage from Canyon Road Pioneer Way wreck

Video footage from the aftermath of a serious accident at Canyon Road and Pioneer Way that left at least two people injured and blocked the intersection on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, after a tractor-trailer lost its brakes and collided with two other vehicles.
Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Footage from Canyon Road Pioneer Way wreck 1:05

Footage from Canyon Road Pioneer Way wreck

Part of Route 167 will be closed to replace a culvert near Pacific 0:37

Part of Route 167 will be closed to replace a culvert near Pacific

Overturned gas tanker closes all lanes of I-5 in both directions 1:42

Overturned gas tanker closes all lanes of I-5 in both directions

Work nearly complete on Pacific Avenue bridge 1:09

Work nearly complete on Pacific Avenue bridge