Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Light Rail' Category


Eastside Light Rail Route Is Contentious

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018232929_railroute18m.html The Eastside light rail route could split some homes and yards in half in its current plan. Do it right. Buy them completely out even if it will cost more. Why add more problems for the future? Ben

University Link Connected to Downtown Seattle

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/University-Link-tunnels-completed-51512.xml The University Link tunnels are now complete from Downtown Seattle to the University of Washington. Now there is just everything else to do… Ben

Tacoma Link to Run Extended Hours Saturday, May 5th

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Tacoma-Link-extended-hours-552012.xml Tacoma Link will run until midnight to accommodate concertgoers for the Van Halen concert at the Tacoma Dome. Ben

Sound Transit Identifies Route and Stations for North Link

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/options-for-study-for-light-rail-to-Lynnwood.xml Sound Transit has identified a route along I-5 and potential stations at seven locations for the North Link extension to Lynnwood. It is good to see the project moving ahead. Expanding the system, especially North where there is heavy traffic on Interstate 5, can only help improve traffic and grow ridership. […]

Tacoma Link Issues

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/25/2121242/link-route-a-casualty-of-tacoma.html A violent squall sent gravel from a road construction project at South 9th onto the tracks, causing a low-speed derailment of Tacoma Link. Fortunately there were no injuries or damage, and the line reopened around 9 pm. Ben

Sound Transit Purchases Rail Corridors on the Eastside

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/East-Link-land-purchase.xml Sound Transit has purchased just over a mile of the former Woodinville Subdivision line on the Eastside to be used for the East Link light rail extension. They also have purchased an easement on the rest of the line for future use. This is great news. Given the major companies in […]

Second Tunnel Boring Machine Holes Through

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/second-tunnel-boring-machine-finishes.xml The second tunnel boring machine on the University Link extension has holed through today, completing both tunnels from the University of Washington to Capitol Hill. This is great news. Adding this extension will dramatically open up access to the University of Washington and to Capitol Hill. Ben

Could Light Rail Tunnel Crack Building?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017786224_lightrailtunnel19m.html The owner of a brick building across the street from the Capitol Hill Station on the University Link extension is concerned that drilling the tunnel below the building may cause damage. This is possible but unlikely. And it raises a bigger concern: in an earthquake zone, if you are worried […]

University Link Completion Idles Plant in Tacoma

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/09/2060569/tunnel-boring-completion-great.html The concrete plant in Tacoma that made all the tunnel segments for the University Link extension is closing with the completion of the project. Hopefully they will maintain the workforce and tooling so they can make the segments for the extension to Northgate. Ben

First TBM To Arrive at Capitol Hill Station

From the Capitol Hill Seattle blog: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2012/03/05/sound-transit-says-first-tunnel-boring-machine-from-montlake-to-arrive-this-month Sound Transit says the first tunnel boring machine from Montlake should break through at the Capitol Hill Station this month. This is great news. We have needed this system here for a long time. Great to see it coming along. Ben