Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Light Rail' Category


Capitol Hill Station Development Plans

From the Capitol Hill Seattle blog: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2012/09/12/capitol-hill-station-development-85-high-400-units-market-plaza-and-40-million Blog post with renderings discussing the possible development at the Capitol Hill Station on the University Link extension. Ben

Survey For Tacoma Link Extensions

Take a survey at the link below on potential extensions to Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link light rail: http://projects.soundtransit.org/Projects-Home/Tacoma-Link-Expansion.xml Ben

Expansion of Light Rail Could Go Many Ways

From The News Tribune: www.thenewstribune.com/2012/08/22/2264945/callaghan-big-expansion-of-light.html Article discusses the expansion of Tacoma Link, looking at both how the recession has affected it and the multiple routes proposed. Ben

Seattle Pushes On With LRT Extensions

From Tunnel Talk: http://www.tunneltalk.com/Seattle-Sound-Transit-Aug12-Northgate-Link-construction-plans-and-U-Link-progress.php Article discusses the Link extension to Northgate, now underway. Ben

How Sound Transit Will Quiet Light Rail

From the Montlaker Blog: http://montlaker.com/2012/08/27/how-sound-transit-plans-to-quiet-light-rail-noise-in-montlake-and-capitol-hill/ By using “high-compliance rail fasteners” and other methods, Sound Transit hopes to quiet future Link Light Rail trains in the tunnel under Capitol Hill. Noise during construction was due to the use of temporary track not securely fastened to the tunnel. Given how many trains are expected to use the […]

$10 Million for Northgate Bike, Pedestrian Facilities

From KOMO-TV: http://northseattle.komonews.com/news/politics/761234-council-votes-commit-10-million-northgate-bike-pedestrian-facilities The Seattle City Council will commit $10 million for pedestrian and bike improvements for the Northgate Link light rail station. This could mean a pedestrian bridge would be built across Interstate 5 to serve North Seattle Community College. This is good news. While we must ensure the station has ample parking, we […]

Bellevue Way Light Rail With HOV Lane Gets Approval

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018472678_bellevuerail20m.html Building a Southbound HOV lane, moving Bellevue Way West and putting the line at the surface appears to be the best plan for Link light rail in South Bellevue. It would be cheaper and improve traffic. Sounds great. Now let’s build it and get it done. Ben

Two Groups Sue Over Bellevue Light Rail Plan

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018426908_bellevueraill14m.html Two citizens groups are suing to block the light rail route in Bellevue. They say it violates environmental and historic preservation laws. While it is important to do it right, let’s just do it. We needed this 20 years ago. More delay just means more wasted time and higher costs. […]

Battle Over Northgate Parking Garage

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Battle-brewing-over-Northgate-parking-garage-157138735.html A storm is brewing over a parking garage at the future Northgate light rail station. Given that this will be one of the line’s endpoints for many years, a garage is REQUIRED. Expecting that people won’t drive to the train is a dream. Let’s at least make it easy to use. Ben

Government Commits 50% Of The Cost to Milwaukee Max Extension

From Tri-Met: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2012/05/22/federal-government-commits-funds-to-portland-milwaukie-light-rail-transit-project/ The federal government has pledged to cover 50% of the cost of extending Max light rail South to Milwaukee. This is great news. The Portland Max system has been very successful and just gets better with every extension. Ben