Traffic Lab is a new 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.

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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 our successful Education Lab, launched in 2013 with foundation funding to delve into some of the most persistent challenges in public education.

As the business model for newspapers shifts, The Seattle Times continues to look for alternative ways to pay for our public-service journalism. Traffic Lab is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., NHL Seattle, 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.

In the coming weeks and months our team will examine issues large and small. We’ll look closely at the massive transportation projects under way and explore innovative solutions to highway congestion. We’ll design “commute makeovers” for those who are sick of being stuck, and we’ll have some fun with traffic trivia.

Because we all have to get around, we want readers to help guide our coverage. Send your questions, tips and story ideas to trafficlab@seattletimes.com.

And look for future reader call-outs as we ask for your input on specific transportation issues.