Transportation News HEADLINES
The Sound Transit Board of Directors made it official Thursday, unanimously affirming the Tacoma City Council’s choice of a 2.3-mile light rail extension that runs through the heart of the Hilltop on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The biggest piece of an $8.78 billion transportation proposal in the Legislature – the project to finish state Routes 167 and 509 in Pierce and King counties – hasn’t garnered much criticism. The controversy has, instead, been over the taxes that would pay for it.
The state of Washington could pay as much as $475,000 for an outside study of three Transportation Department megaprojects - the Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington, the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle, and an Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.
Pierce Transits board voted Monday to cut 84 positions, or nearly 10 percent of the agencys workforce, to prepare for a major service reduction at the end of September.
Pierce County governments, businesses and unions have contributed or are poised to contribute more than $90,000 this year to lobby state lawmakers to extend state Route 167 to the Port of Tacoma.
This year’s state transportation tax proposal has looked like the chance for all the big projects that have been waiting in line behind Seattle’s behemoths, the state Route 520 bridge and Alaskan Way Viaduct replacements.
House Democrats Tuesday called for raising the gas tax by 5 cents this year and then gradually by another 5 cents over at least three years and raising a series of fees to pay for roads, ferries and other spending.
Geographically, it would be the most mega of transportation megaprojects, spanning from Puyallup to SeaTac and affecting drivers from central Tacoma as far north as Seattle.
The cost of repairing a Gig Harbor freeway overpass struck March 17 by a too-tall truck is likely to come close to $1 million, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Pierce Transit’s vanpool program will continue rolling without any cuts for at least three more months.
A Good to Go windshield sticker might someday get a car across the water by boat as well as by bridge. An $8.7 billion transportation spending plan proposed Wednesday by a bipartisan group of state senators calls for Washington to come up with a plan for using prepaid toll passes for state ferry payments, reservations and customer service.
Drivers in Tacoma will have to contend with two freeway closures tonight.
A road improvement project beginning next week could cause delays over the next two months for drivers who cut through Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Interstate 5 from Spanaway
Drivers must remove their studded tires by midnight Sunday, the Department of Transportation warns.
For four years, Ken Hill has driven a Pierce Transit van 100 miles each weekday from his house in Orting to his work in Redmond and back.
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