Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Politics' Category


TIGER III Funding Rail Projects

From Transportation Issues Daily: http://www.transportationissuesdaily.com/tiger-iii-rail-projects-are-big-winners/ The government’s latest round of TIGER grants have gone primairly to rail projects. This includes both freight and passenger rail. It is good we are funding rail projects since trains both have their own right of way and can travel much faster than tire-based vehicles. Sound Transit received some of […]

We’ll Get You There

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/get-you-there/520-tolling/ Metro Transit provides information on ways to use transit to avoid the SR 520 Bridge toll. Ben

City of Seattle and Sound Transit Work to Plan Rail

From the Seattle Transit Blog: http://seattletransitblog.com/2011/12/06/city-sound-transit-working-together-to-plan-rail/ The City of Seattle, in conjunction with Sound Transit, is studying transit options to Ballard. This could be a streetcar, light rail, or even a subway. Good to see that progress is still being made in connecting all Seattle neighborhoods. Ben

Milepost 31 Opens

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/11/30_Milepost31GrandOpening.htm A new public information center about the Alaskan Way Viaduct project called Milepost 31 has opened in Pioneer Square. The center provides information on the project and history in the area. I haven’t had a chance to go by there yet but it sounds pretty cool. Ben

A Ballard Light Rail Line?

From KOMO-TV: http://ballard.komonews.com/news/people/692532-campaign-get-ballard-light-rail-line-2012-ballot-and-running A campaign has begun to add a light rail spur from the future Brooklyn station on the North Link extension to Ballard. The line would involve both a bored tunnel and a cut and cover tunnel. Ballard and that whole side of Seattle West of Interstate 5 will not be serviced in […]

Camp Murray Gate Construction Commences

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/18/1911029/construction-moves-on-for-camp.html The construction on the controversial new gate at Camp Murray has commenced. The new gate will be further inland, avoiding the congested I-5 interchange and a rail line, but requiring some driving through a residential community. While this is somewhat unfortunate for that part of the community, the project will […]

Pierce Transit May Shrink Boundaries

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/15/1906700/pierce-transit-may-shrink-boundaries.html Pierce Transit may shrink its boundaries, removing from its taxing areas cities it no longer serves after disastrous budget cuts. While you shouldn’t have to pay for something you don’t use, this will only make it harder to re-add service in the future. Ben

Bellevue City Council OKs Light Rail

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016769859_bellevuerail15m.html The Bellevue City Council has approved a route for the East Link light rail extension that runs in a tunnel through Downtown Bellevue. This is the right decision. With all the jobs on the Eastside in Bellevue and Redmond it is critical we run high capacity transit, sooner rather than […]

Will Light Rail Construction Hurt Bellevue Business?

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016762939_railstudy14m.html A privately funded study claims that light rail construction will cause businesses to close and shoppers to avoid downtown Bellevue. However, the study doesn’t take into account the fact that most of downtown will now be in a tunnel, and its funding source is questionable. Plus the study ignores the […]

Vibration Issues With University Link Expansion

From KOMO-TV: http://capitolhill.komonews.com/news/transportation/688171-homeowners-wonder-if-disturbing-vibrations-are-tunnel-boring-project Homeowners in the Montlake neighborhood have been feeling vibrations in their homes. Some of the vibrations have been strong enough to shake pictures off the wall. Residents are wondering if it may be from tunnel boring for the University Link extension of Link Light Rail. Ben