Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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Archive for the 'Light Rail' Category


BIA May Pay to Keep Tacoma Link Free

From Exit 133: http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/bia-could-pay-to-keep-link-free-until-2016 Downtown Tacoma’s Business Improvement Area may pay to keep running Tacoma Link for free. Sound Transit planned to start charging for the service in 2014. This makes perfect sense. Tacoma of all cities is set up well to use the light rail as a link into and through downtown; however the […]

Lynnwood to Everett Light Rail Analysis Released

From the Seattle Transit Blog: http://seattletransitblog.com/2014/05/12/sound-transit-releases-lynnwood-everett-analysis/ Interesting analysis and discussion of the options to extend light rail North from Lynnwood into Everett. Ben

University Link to Open Early

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Sound-Transit-details-plans-to-open-light-rail-line-six-to-nine-months-early-11222013 Sound Transit says that University Link is below budget and ahead of schedule. They plan to open the line 6 to 9 months early – in early 2016. This is great news. With a stop in Capitol Hill, one of the most densely populated districts in Seattle, the line should get […]

Preferred Alternative Picked for Lynnwood Light Rail

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Sound-Transit-board-picks-preferred-alternative–for-Lynnwood-Link-light-rail-112113 The preferred alternative has been picked to extend light rail from Northgate to Lynnwood. The route will mostly follow Interstate 5. Given how many commuters come into the city from the North end, this is a good thing. Ben

Tacoma Link Expansion May Be Tough

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/14/2890403/link-expansion-faces-a-tough-road.html There are multiple possible routings to get Link to go up the hill from Downtown Tacoma, all with their own issues. Let’s do it right the first time. Ben

Attempt to Stop I-90 Light Rail Fails

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/09/state-supreme-court-rejects-kemper-freeman-attempt-to-stop-i-90-light-rail/ Developer Kemper Freeman’s lawsuit to stop putting light rail on the Interstate 90 floating bridge has been rejected. This is great news. If anywhere needs reliable high speed transit it is the Eastside with Microsoft, Nintendo, Google and many other large and small tech companies. Ben

Potential Rail Between Ballard and Downtown Seattle?

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Potential-rail-routes-between-Ballard-downtown-62113 Eight potential routes have been proposed for rail between Ballard and Downtown Seattle. More information is available here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Ballard-transit-expansion-study Ben

Open Houses for Federal Way Transit Extension

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Federal-Way-Transit-Ext-open-house-61113 Open houses will be held on June 19th and 26th to discuss transit access to Federal Way. Yes this would cover a possible LINK extension from the airport. Ben

Your LINK To Fun

http://www.soundtransit.org/rider-community/rider-news/link-to-fun Sound Transit Website provides information on community activities all accessible along the Link Light Rail line. Ben

Northgate Light Rail Construction Bids Opened

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Major-Northgate-Link-light-rail-extension-construction-bids-opened–5302013 Bids have been opened for the Link Light Rail extension to Northgate. This work involves digging twin tunnels from the UW station to just a little South of Northgate Mall. More information is available here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Northgate-Link-Extension This is great news. Northgate is already a major bus hub. The South light rail […]