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Archive for the 'Light Rail' Category


First Tunnel Boring Machine From UW To Arrive In March

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 The first Tunnel Boring Machine coming from the University of Washington station on the University Link Light Rail extension is due to arrive this March. It is good to see this project come along. I can’t wait to be able to take the train out to UW. Ben

Sound Transit to Develop Plan to Extend Light Rail to Federal Way

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Federal-Way-light-rail-extension-22312.xml The ST board has approved $24 million to create a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail to the Federal Way Transit Center. With an approved plan there may be a better chance of getting federal funding to build the actual line. While not as good as news on a groundbreaking, at […]

Portland-Milwaukee Light Rail: Economic Benefits

http://www.trimet.org/pm/economicbenefits/index.htm Interesting set of statistics and infographics showing the economic benefits of the Portland-Milwaukee MAX extension. More: http://www.trimet.org/pm/ Ben

Environmental Study for Federal Way Link Extension

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2012/02/06/environmental-study-sought-for-federal-way-light-rail/ Plans are underway to perform an environmental study to extend Link Light Rail from its planned South 200th Street terminus as far as the Federal Way Transit Center. Performing this study would make the project “shovel ready”, making it eligible for potential grants. This would be great if things work […]

Tacoma and Seattle Link Closures

http://www.soundtransit.org/schedules/alerts.xml http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theweatherbeat/2017278642_weather_impacts_sound_transit_commute_this_morning.html Tacoma Link is shut down due to ice on the lines. Seattle Link is closed at the airport. Stay safe out there. Ben

Car Collides With South Lake Union Trolley

From KOMO-News: http://southlakeunion.komonews.com/photo-gallery/transportation/709064-photos-car-collides-slu-trolley-woman-taken-hospital A car hit the South Lake Union Streetcar today. The car was totaled and the streetcar was knocked off the tracks. Remember, watch out for other vehicles, even rail vehicles, out there. Ben

Pants-Free Day on Light Rail

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017193396_nopants09m.html It was the annual No Pants Light Rail ride today. This was part of 56 events taking place on transit systems worldwide. While I can see how some people can find it offensive, I think it is funny and a great way to blow off some steam. Ben

Link Light Rail Shut Down Due To Suspicious Package

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Suspicious-package-shuts-down-streets-light-rail-136808198.html A suspicious package near the Othello light rail station has shut down Central Link. No word on when it will open. Ben

More Light Rail Tunneling Issues

From the Capitol Hill Seattle blog: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2012/01/04/no-sleep-for-this-volunteer-park-family-more-light-rail-tunneling-issues-reported More vibrations are reported in the Volunteer Park area as tunneling work has moved there. This appears similar to vibrations felt in the Montlake area. Hopefully these are just due to the construction activity and won’t continue when the trains start running, as Sound Transit says. Ben

Sound Transit Gets TIGER Grant for Link Extension to South 200th

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/TIGER-grant-1214.xml Sound Transit has received a $10 million grant to extend Link Light Rail to South 200th Street. This is great news. Not only will this move the light rail past the airport, but it makes it easier for Southend commuters to access the line, and will add badly-needed parking. The grant […]