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Old April 12th, 2009, 01:05 PM   #2021
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When will it go to Bellevue?
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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:03 PM   #2022
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Bellevue in 2020

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In 2009, Sound Transit will launch light rail service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport. This initial light rail segment is projected to carry more than 45,000 daily riders by 2020. Sound Transit will begin construction of a light rail extension to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in late 2008, with service starting in 2016. Light rail travels predominantly along its own right-of-way - free of highway congestion, accidents or weather - so trains are on time every time. Light rail will integrate with local bus service, allowing bus riders to transfer to light rail and avoid the most congested roadways.
The extensions will open in phases, including University of Washington to Northgate, Seattle to Bellevue, and SeaTac to Highline Community College in 2020; to Overlake Transit Center in 2021; and to Lynnwood and Redondo/Star Lake in 2023. Expanding light rail will enable Sound Transit and local transit agencies to redeploy buses to other routes for more transit service options overall.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #2023
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Why is the extension to the University of Washington going to take so long to build? It's so much shorter than the initial segment of the line, even with tunneling I can't see why it would take til 2016 to complete it.
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Old April 13th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #2024
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Why is the extension to the University of Washington going to take so long to build? It's so much shorter than the initial segment of the line, even with tunneling I can't see why it would take til 2016 to complete it.
two 3 mile long bored tunnels in crappy soil and complicated terrain, plus one water crossing.
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Old April 13th, 2009, 02:43 AM   #2025
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It's great that Seattle and Vancouver will both have new rail options this summer. Vancouver has the Canada Line opening in late summer, which will be the 3rd line in our metro system.

What will be the travel time for the initial segment?
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Old April 13th, 2009, 08:13 AM   #2026
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Seattle is basically building the infrastructure for a metro and operating light rail trains on it. It doesn't make much sense to me
There is more to it than that.

Don't forget it uses the existing bus tunnel under downtown and how expensive a new downtown subway might cost not just in tube but also digging out stations and weaving it all around the other tunnels(bus,freight rail, sewer). Also it is at grade more than you think, about 5 miles. Besides the Rainier Valley the southern portal of the bus tunnel to the Beacon Hill tunnel the tracks have some street crossings.

Unless you could prove a slightly narrower tunnel profile for tube trains rather than LRV's would be so much cheaper than the current plan, building a full metro would probably have a lot cost more for limited benefit.

Honestly I think this kind of light rail is awesome, because it basically is a metro but way more flexible.

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Old April 14th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #2027
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looks good - will have to get down there in july for a ride
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Old April 16th, 2009, 04:04 AM   #2028
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looks good - will have to get down there in july for a ride

Lol no kidding! I forgot that I can just go down and see this thing so easily, and it's really cool that Seattle's light rail is opening just over 2 months before the Canada Line in Vancouver.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #2029
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More photos please!
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Old April 16th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #2030
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3 more months?! I have to get back there and ride it when it's done.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #2031
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Old April 17th, 2009, 04:16 AM   #2032
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Thanks for the extra photos Guinessbeer55. I didn't realise how much infrastructure had been built from scratch for this project.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #2033
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That's the #1 problem with rail in Seattle...there are no rail corridors at all in much of our metro. The corridors we do have are concentrated in industrial districts and/or narrow shorelines, and either don't go to where the people are or have no room.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #2034
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Wow looks like a great system! How much to ride?
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Old April 17th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #2035
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Gotta build it where the people are. The cheapest option is almost always never the best option.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 03:43 AM   #2036
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http://www.soundtransit.org/x78.xml

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April 17 - 23, 2009



Introducing Steve the ORCA Whale

Sound Transit is gearing up to launch its ORCA card campaign in late spring. In addition to introducing the region to a new easy-to-use way of paying for transit, we’ll also be introducing Steve the ORCA whale---ORCA card’s unofficial spokeswhale.


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This makes me wonder whatever happened to Zap Gridlock.



Perhaps Steve the ORCA Whale ate him.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 04:37 AM   #2037
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Is it me or does Zap Gridlock have a much higher quality costume than ORCA the whale?

Production values- DOWN!
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Old April 18th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #2038
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A mascot? How awkward it would be to run across that. Horrible idea.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 06:58 AM   #2039
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This is a great start for Seattle. It's a shame that Vancouver has (or will have) three metro lines by the end of this year despite having a smaller metro area.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #2040
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It could be a lot worse:



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