Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Rail' Category


ODOT Rail Division

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/ Information from the Oregon Department of Transportation on their rail programs. 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 […]

Seattle Times on the First Hill Streetcar

From the Capitol Hill Seattle blog: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2012/04/11/a-magnet-for-great-expectations-seattle-times-on-the-first-hill-streetcar And the Seattle Times article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017951931_streetcar11m.html Some discussion of the new First Hill Streetcar including a slideshow covering the design. This streetcar will connect the new light rail station with First Hill and downtown. Yet something else I wish we had had when I was in college at […]

BNSF Concerned About Stadium Proposal

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/arena/Major-railway-also-has-concerns-about-new-Seattle-arena-146687835.html Railway company BNSF is concerned about a proposal to build a new NBA/NHL area South of Safeco Field. The area would also be in the same area as the Port of Seattle served by this railroad. The concern is traffic in the area with three sport facilities would increase and block freight […]

Washington – Oregon Integrated Passenger Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to build an integrated passenger rail corridor from Eugene, OR to Vancouver, BC. This is instead of the current system where each state manages their section. Given the heavy use of the Amtrak Cascades on this corridor this will be a good thing. The less layers of […]

WSDOT and ODOT Working on Integrated Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to join forces and manage the passenger rail corridor from Vancouver BC to Eugene, OR as one entity. This should help improve Amtrak Cascades service. Ben

Puyallup and Sumner to Get Sounder Station Upgrades

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/01/2091496/puyallup-sumner-will-get-upgrades.html The Puyallup and Sumner Sounder stations are first in line for getting improvements such as parking garages or other ways to get to the stations. Given that these stations have little parking and are heavily used, this is a good thing. Ben

Tiger IV Grant Application Underway

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/03/2012TIGER4Grants.htm WSDOT is applying for up to 125 million in TIGER grants for projects in King, Spokane and Whatcom counties. They would include extending the SR 167 HOT lanes, adding access to the Canadian border and continue construction on the North Spokane Corridor. Ben

WSDOT High Speed Rail Projects

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Rail/Projects.htm Interesting look at high speed rail projects in Washington. Ben

Kirkland Wants Trail Along Rail Line

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017786443_triplett19m.html The Kirkland City Manager wants to make a walking trail, linear park and transit line along the Eastside Rail Corridor, the former Woodinville Subdivision. This is fine as long as there is a provision to run commuter rail down this line in the future. Doing that would dramatically help traffic […]