KELA News Headlines for Friday, May 29, 2015
Some bus fares going up in the Twin Cities
Beginning Monday, June 1, some bus fares in the Twin Cities will be going up. Twin Transit general manager Rob LaFontaine says in March the agency’s board voted to remove all of the existing discounts offered to bus riders. A flat fee of $20 will be charged for all passengers seeking monthly bus passes. Day passes for para-transit service will increase to $4 and the monthly para-transit pass will go to $25. The day pass for fixed route service will remain at $2.
Lacamas Creek SR506 bridge reduced to one lane
Traffic on the State Route 506 bridge over Lacamas Creek east of Vader has been reduced to an alternating single lane. The state Department of Transportation has closed the eastbound lane for the safety of the traveling public and to prevent further deterioration of an aging timber support pier. Stop signs at both ends of the bridge will be in place along with directions for drivers to allow on-coming traffic to clear before proceeding across. DOT says they will reopen the structure to two-way traffic after permanent repairs are made.
CenturyLink phone outage in Centralia continues
Many CenturyLink customers in the Centralia area remain without phone and internet service as crews work to repair lines that were damaged more than a week ago. According to CenturyLink’s Twitter page, crews have been working around the clock to restore service. The outage was caused when a construction crew accidentally bored through wires on May 19, including fiber optic lines. CenturyLink officials don’t have a timeline for when service will be completely restored.
Gov. Inslee orders second special session
Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second special legislative session to convene Friday and told lawmakers working on the state's more than $38 billion two-year operating budget he wants them to move their negotiations to his office, starting Monday morning. Lawmakers ended their first special session on Thursday, with a transportation budget, but still must agree on a state operating budget and a plan for answering the Washington Supreme Court on education spending.