Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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Archive for the 'Light Rail' Category


New Tacoma Link Route: Downtown to Hilltop

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/30/2579156/tacomalink.html The Tacoma City Council has gone with a plan that would extend Tacoma Link up to the Hilltop district. It is believed this routing will draw the most ridership. Ben

Tacoma City Council to Recommend Link Routing

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/23/2568903/council-to-recommend-link-route.html#emlnl=Local_News The Tacoma City Council will be choosing between several possible routes to expand Link light rail in Tacoma. A listing of the possible routes is available here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Tacoma-Link-Expansion It is good to see this project moving forward. The current line in Downtown Tacoma gets decent ridership, which should only increase […]

Hybrid Corridor Proposed for Tacoma Link

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com//2013/03/23/2526500/hybrid-corridor-idea-for-link.html?storylink=fb Tacoma City Manager TC Broadnax requested study of a hybrid corridor for Tacoma Link expansion. This corridor would include extending from UW Tacoma through Hilltop and Stadium back downtown with a second extension to the Eastside. Good to see the city involved in the process, but let’s move this ahead […]

New MAX Trains Coming in 2015

From Tri-Met: http://trimet.org/newmax/ New trains coming in 2015 for the Portland-Milwaukee project will be more comfortable and have better seating options. Ben

Light Rail Construction to Blight U-District?

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Appeal-Light-rail-construction-will-be-a-blight-on-U-District–185677181.html Owners of an apartment building near the future U District Station claim construction will blight the area. It is possible there will be some issues with construction but we need to move the system along. Being located right at a major light rail station will only increase the value of the property […]

Tacoma Link Expansion Meetings

From Sound Transit: http://projects.soundtransit.org/Projects-Home/Tacoma-Link-Expansion.xml A open house on the 5th with follow-ups through the 11th on expansion plans for Tacoma Link. Ben

Rossevelt QFC Demolition Underway

From the Ravenna Blog: http://www.ravennablog.com/roosevelt-qfc-demolition-has-begun-photos/ Demolition of the QFC store at the location of the Roosevelt light rail station on the North Link extension has begun. This was the first QFC in the chain. Ben

Prepare for Light Rail Construction on Roosevelt

From KOMO-TV: http://greenlake.komonews.com/news/development/802554-prepare-4-years-noisy-nighttime-light-rail-construction-roosevelt 4 years of construction are beginning at the future Roosevelt Station on the North Link extension. While unfortunate, this will be a very useful system once fully complete. Might as well do it now. Ben

Bellevue Votes to Study Surface Light Rail

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019445622_bellevuerail17m.html To lower costs, the City of Bellevue is looking at a surface light rail line South of downtown. This is a bad idea. What makes a system rideable is headways and efficiencies. You tend to lose both of these with a surface line. And it will be just that much […]

Light Rail Plans Tweaked for Bellevue

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019282289_lightrail28m.html Plans are being tweaked for the East Link extension in order to lower costs and hopefully afford a tunnel downtown. Ben