About Traffic Lab

  • About Traffic Lab
  • Meet the Staff
  • Ask A Question
  • Nominate an Expert

About Traffic Lab

Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around.

The project is modeled after Education Lab, launched in 2013 with foundation funding to delve into some of the most persistent challenges in public education. Traffic Lab is supported with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company,  Sabey Corp., Seattle Children’s hospital, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Seattle Times editors and reporters operate independently of external funders who support our work. We maintain full editorial control over Traffic Lab content.

Since our launch in 2017, we've examined massive transportation projects, explored innovative solutions to congestion, and made engaging with our readers a focus.

Because we all have to get around, The Traffic Lab team — editor Richard Wagoner, reporters Mike Lindblom and David Gutman and engagement editor Michelle Baruchman — want readers to help guide our coverage. We welcome your questions, tips and story ideas.

Contact us at trafficlab@seattletimes.com and on Twitter at @STtrafficlab.

Meet the Staff

Mike Lindblom has written for 30 years for newspapers in Washington state, specializing in transportation since 2002 at The Seattle Times. He focuses on the engineering and strategy behind big projects like bridges, tunnels, busways, trains, and even monorails. He sometimes explores traffic safety crises, including distracted driving.  Mike was born in Seattle and earned a history degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Email Mike and follow him on Twitter.

David Gutman is a transportation reporter at The Seattle Times. Previously he was a reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, in Charleston, West Virginia, where he covered state politics, the coal industry and the opioid epidemic. Email David and follow him on Twitter.

Michelle Baruchman is the engagement editor for Traffic Lab. Before joining The Seattle Times, she reported on the Georgia legislature for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and worked on audience engagement strategies at The Washington Post and The New York Times. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Email Michelle and follow her on Twitter.

Richard Wagoner edits the Traffic Lab team. He’s been with The Seattle Times since 2003, supervising coverage areas that have include health, science, politics and state government. He was metro editor when The Times won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. Email Richard and follow him on Twitter.

Ask A Question

Do you have a question about transportation for Traffic Lab? We’d like to try to answer it. Send your questions to trafficlab@seattletimes.com, and we may feature them in an upcoming column.

Read through our previous Reader Q&As about Seattle’s thorny transportation issues by visiting this link.

Nominate an Expert

Ask An Expert, a Traffic Lab series, spotlights insights from professionals who can offer a unique perspective on issues in transportation, with special emphasis on Seattle.

We look for a diversity of experts, and we'd love your help finding and highlighting people you know in your communities.

Think you fit the bill? Go ahead and nominate yourself! Submit an expert by visiting this link.