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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:32 AM   #2041
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Old April 18th, 2009, 10:00 AM   #2042
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Photo of the Week

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, 11:33 AM   #2043
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Any pics of the other stations under construction?
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Old April 18th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #2044
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First Accident

http://soundtransit.org/x11022.xml

BE ALERT: Intensive light rail train testing underway along MLK Jr. South Way in Seattle

April 16, 2009

A collision that occurred after a car made an illegal turn in front of a light rail train yesterday shows the importance of abiding by traffic signals and safety precautions as light rail testing expands up in advance of passenger service starting in July.

Sound Transit also reminds Rainier Valley motorists and pedestrians to be alert for new signals and signage along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South as the agency continues intensive light rail testing along the five miles of at-grade tracks.

Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others can expect to see the light rail vehicles on the track between Rainier Avenue and Boeing Access Road at any time. Sound Transit police are also working with local law enforcement agencies to increase enforcement of all traffic and pedestrian laws along the alignment.

Drivers and pedestrians should be alert and obey all traffic signs and signals; only cross the street at designated crosswalks or traffic signals. All of the locations where traffic or pedestrians can legally cross the light rail tracks are equipped with signals.

Sound Transit has mailed trains safety information to more than 65,000 residents and distributed safety education information to more than 10,000 students at 23 different schools in Southeast Seattle, Tukwila and Renton.

Sound Transit has translated safety information into 11 languages and distributed it within the diverse Rainier Valley communities. In addition, Sound Transit has run a series of safety education advertisements using billboards, gas stations, magazines and local and minority publications. This spring Sound Transit will continue its targeted safety education program aimed at students along the alignment with new materials and communications tools.

Thankfully, yesterday’s collision did not involve life-threatening injuries. The car was able to be driven from the scene, and the light rail vehicle sustained only minor damage.

Sound Transit reminds motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to be alert and keep the following precautions in mind:

- Only cross at designated crosswalks and signalized intersections. Obey all traffic signs and signals

- Link trains are electric and very quiet. Whenever you are around trains or tracks, remember to watch for trains.

- Always look both ways before crossing the tracks. Trains can travel in any direction, on any track, at any time. After a train passes, another train may be coming from the opposite direction.

- Do not walk, stand, or park a vehicle on the tracks. Trains can arrive at any time.

- Stay away from the track switches that are used to change train directions. These switches are very powerful and can move at any time without warning.

- Trains may run at any time, day or night. Be alert and be safe.

- Never race a train or try to beat it through an intersection.

- When crossing the tracks on a bicycle, always cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle to prevent your bicycle tires from getting stuck in the tracks.
For more information on Link safety, see: www.soundtransit.org/linksafety
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Old April 18th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #2045
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Great pics.

The ORCA whale's name is...Steve?
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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #2046
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Seattle Transit Equals Very Excellent?
Seattle Transit Equates Visible Enemies?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 12:33 AM   #2047
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Sound Transit Central Link

Opening day is July 18. Great day for Seattle! http://www.soundtransit.org/x11071.xml
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 07:37 AM   #2048
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 04:22 PM   #2049
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From Mass Transit Magazine:

An article on Sound Transit, and Link

http://masstransitmag.epubxpress.com/

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Old April 24th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #2050
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The feature article in the current issue at the above link is about King County Metro, which operates the local bus service in Seattle. I did not see any article about Sound Transit, which is the operator of the Link light rail system.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:01 PM   #2051
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 11:44 PM   #2052
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i thought light rail was like trams, in the sense that they operate without any grade seperation from the roads? but over here i see pics of elevated tracks and some underground tunnels. i donno maybe im wrong though...

anyway, nice pics. i love it...
i just hope the majority of the track is overground. anyone knows how much of this project is designated underground? hopefully not too much...
I know for certain that there will be a portion that runs through the Seattle bus tunnel that runs under downtown. It looks to be excellent integration with those bus routes (depending on frequency).
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Old May 4th, 2009, 12:15 AM   #2053
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So are there any existing lines, or is this the only new one?

Anyways, can't wait to head down to Seattle and give it a try.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #2054
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So are there any existing lines, or is this the only new one?

Anyways, can't wait to head down to Seattle and give it a try.
There's quite the hodge podge of start up rail transit systems in Seattle.

-The oldest is the Seattle Monorail (Built in 1962 for the worlds fair along with the space needle), but its only about a mile long, and has only 2 stops (Space needle, and westlake center)

-Next is the George Benson Waterfront Trolley. These are vintage trolleys brought over from Melbourne that used to run from Pioneer Square to Belltown. It's also about a mile long, and has 5 or 6 stops. But the line no longer runs as the maintenance base for the cars was demolished to make way for the Olympic Sculpture park. It may make a return when they begin work on the waterfront after the Alaskan Way Viaduct gets torn down, but no concrete plans as of yet.

-Lastly is our brand new (well... Dec 2007) streetcar line in Southlake Union. It earned the unfortunate (or hilarious depending on how you look at it) nick name of "the slut" (South Lake Union Trolley get it?). It's also about a mile long (see a pattern here?) with 5 or 6 stops between downtown and Eastlake.

I think everyone is beyond ecstatic that the new light rail line will finally be open for business in a few months (July 18th!), and I can't until all the sorely needed extensions are finally completed.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:47 AM   #2055
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Last updated 11:16 a.m. PT

Surface route for Eastside light rail, motion says
By AUBREY COHEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

Sound Transit's East Link light rail line would get from Interstate 90 to downtown Bellevue along Bellevue Way and through downtown using a surface route along 108th Avenue Northeast, under a motion prepared for Thursday afternoon's board meeting.

The motion sets out a preferred route, allowing engineering work to move ahead on that choice, although the board could change the route later. See all the alternatives here.

Bellevue officials, residents and business owners disagreed over whether to run the line into downtown along Bellevue Way or 118th Avenue Southeast and through downtown along 108th or 106th. But they generally agreed that the line should use a tunnel through downtown, saying it would cause the least disruption.

Microsoft endorsed a surface route through downtown Bellevue, saying it provided the most financial certainty -- given that a tunnel would cost at least $500 million more than the current East Link budget -- and would not have a significant impact on downtown traffic.

The motion directs agency officials to keep working on a tunnel plan in parallel with the surface route and help Bellevue officials find more funding, and says the board "will give future consideration to a tunnel as the preferred alternative" if someone finds funding to make it financially feasible.

The motion sets the 108th Avenue route as the preferred one for a tunnel.

Downtown, city officials and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce favor a cut-and-cover tunnel along 106th Avenue northeast, saying that would best serve the hospital district and development areas east of I-90 because it could cross the freeway along Northeast 6th Street.

But the Bellevue Downtown Association and many downtown business owners prefer a bored tunnel along 108th Avenue, saying that would cause less disruption and save $100 million over the 106th option.

Sound Transit east King County board members -- Mary-Alyce Burleigh, from the Kirland City Council, Fred Butler, deputy Issaquah council president, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione -- prepared the motion, whose posting on Sound Transit's web site was was first reported by the Transportation Choices Coalition.

"It's where they want to start the discussions today," Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said.

Thursday's meeting is set to start at 1:30 p.m. in the Ruth Fisher Boardroom of Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St.

Aubrey Cohen can be reached at 206-448-8362 or [email protected].
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:18 AM   #2056
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Last updated 5:31 p.m. PT

Surface route chosen for Eastside light rail
By AUBREY COHEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

The best option for getting light rail to and through downtown Bellevue is, for now, a surface route along Bellevue Way and then along 108th Avenue Northeast, the agency's board decided Thursday.

The board's unanimous choice of a preferred route for Sound Transit's East Link project allows engineering work to move ahead on that route, while not shutting the door on other options. The board left the door extra open for a possible tunnel through downtown Bellevue, directing agency officials to keep working on a tunnel plan in parallel with the surface route and help Bellevue officials find more funding, and saying it "will give future consideration to a tunnel as the preferred alternative" if someone finds the money to make it financially feasible.

"In my heart of hearts I believe a tunnel makes sense," said Fred Butler, a Sound Transit board member and deputy Issaquah council president. "However, we don't have the funding resources to be able to afford it."

Board member Mary-Alyce Burleigh, a Kirkland City Council member, said the surface route could work, calling it "the classic light-rail solution for a downtown environment."

Bellevue officials, residents and business owners have pushed for a tunnel.

"Tunneling in downtown Bellevue is the only way to go," Bellevue City Councilman Conrad Lee said Thursday. "Anything else will destroy Bellevue. You will have blood on your hands for killing the goose that lays the golden egg."

At previous meetings, Microsoft officials endorsed a surface route through downtown Bellevue, saying it provided the most financial certainty -- given that a tunnel would cost at least $500 million more than the current East Link budget -- and would not have a significant impact on downtown traffic.

Several Sound Transit board members Thursday worried that the pledge to help find additional money could lead to the tunnel getting federal funds that could otherwise go towards extending light rail elsewhere in the region.

"I am not comfortable with the motion if the implication is that we would be seeking those funds (for a tunnel)," said board member Paul Roberts, who is also a member of the Everett City Council. "It's something of a zero-sum game."

But Sound Transit Chief Executive Joni Earl said any federal funding going toward a tunnel would have to be over and above the $895 million the ST2 expansion plan expects from the federal government and noted there might be federal funding sources that could go toward the tunnel but not other projects.

"We wouldn't take the city's side to compete against ourselves for federal dollars," she said.

The board said its preferred tunnel option was a bored tunnel along 108th Avenue Northeast. That's what the Bellevue Downtown Association and many downtown business wanted, saying that would cause the least disruption and cost $100 million less than a cut-and-cover tunnel alternative along 106th Avenue Northeast.

But Bellevue officials and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce favored the 106th option, saying that would best serve the hospital district and the Wilburton neighborhood, east of Interstate 405 because it could cross the freeway along Northeast 6th Street.

The board cracked the door a little for the 106th option Thursday, directing staff to give extra attention to verifying the cost difference between the two tunnels and answering city questions about issues with the 108th tunnel and ways to lessen the impact of the 106th option.

The other major point of contention in choosing the route was how to get the line from I-90 to downtown Bellevue.

Residents and business owners along Bellevue Way said running the line there would snarl traffic, harm their properties and disrupt their neighborhoods.

"We have expansion plans in the very area that's been proposed to bring the rail," said Joe Shephard, a founding member and general partner of the Bellevue Club, which is at 11200 S.E. Sixth St. "It would have a dramatically negative impact on us."

Opponents of the Bellevue Way route endorse an alternative along the BNSF Railway line between the east edge of Mercer Slough Nature Park and Interstate 405. Lee called this the "common-sense option."

Butler said the Bellevue Way option the board chose was modified from an original one to avoid taking out existing homes and disturbing Bellevue Way.

Aubrey Cohen can be reached at 206-448-8362 or [email protected].
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A tunnel would be best but money is always a problem with mass transit unfortunately.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:42 PM   #2058
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nice pics and Congrats to Saettle on your new mass transit line!
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Media gets a ride

The countdown continues. From the Seattle Times. Contains short video.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...ilride04m.html
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Last updated 5:31 p.m. PT

Surface route chosen for Eastside light rail
By AUBREY COHEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

The best option for getting light rail to and through downtown Bellevue is, for now, a surface route along Bellevue Way and then along 108th Avenue Northeast, the agency's board decided Thursday.

The board's unanimous choice of a preferred route for Sound Transit's East Link project allows engineering work to move ahead on that route, while not shutting the door on other options. The board left the door extra open for a possible tunnel through downtown Bellevue, directing agency officials to keep working on a tunnel plan in parallel with the surface route and help Bellevue officials find more funding, and saying it "will give future consideration to a tunnel as the preferred alternative" if someone finds the money to make it financially feasible.

"In my heart of hearts I believe a tunnel makes sense," said Fred Butler, a Sound Transit board member and deputy Issaquah council president. "However, we don't have the funding resources to be able to afford it."

Board member Mary-Alyce Burleigh, a Kirkland City Council member, said the surface route could work, calling it "the classic light-rail solution for a downtown environment."

Bellevue officials, residents and business owners have pushed for a tunnel.

"Tunneling in downtown Bellevue is the only way to go," Bellevue City Councilman Conrad Lee said Thursday. "Anything else will destroy Bellevue. You will have blood on your hands for killing the goose that lays the golden egg."

At previous meetings, Microsoft officials endorsed a surface route through downtown Bellevue, saying it provided the most financial certainty -- given that a tunnel would cost at least $500 million more than the current East Link budget -- and would not have a significant impact on downtown traffic.

Several Sound Transit board members Thursday worried that the pledge to help find additional money could lead to the tunnel getting federal funds that could otherwise go towards extending light rail elsewhere in the region.

"I am not comfortable with the motion if the implication is that we would be seeking those funds (for a tunnel)," said board member Paul Roberts, who is also a member of the Everett City Council. "It's something of a zero-sum game."

But Sound Transit Chief Executive Joni Earl said any federal funding going toward a tunnel would have to be over and above the $895 million the ST2 expansion plan expects from the federal government and noted there might be federal funding sources that could go toward the tunnel but not other projects.

"We wouldn't take the city's side to compete against ourselves for federal dollars," she said.

The board said its preferred tunnel option was a bored tunnel along 108th Avenue Northeast. That's what the Bellevue Downtown Association and many downtown business wanted, saying that would cause the least disruption and cost $100 million less than a cut-and-cover tunnel alternative along 106th Avenue Northeast.

But Bellevue officials and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce favored the 106th option, saying that would best serve the hospital district and the Wilburton neighborhood, east of Interstate 405 because it could cross the freeway along Northeast 6th Street.

The board cracked the door a little for the 106th option Thursday, directing staff to give extra attention to verifying the cost difference between the two tunnels and answering city questions about issues with the 108th tunnel and ways to lessen the impact of the 106th option.

The other major point of contention in choosing the route was how to get the line from I-90 to downtown Bellevue.

Residents and business owners along Bellevue Way said running the line there would snarl traffic, harm their properties and disrupt their neighborhoods.

"We have expansion plans in the very area that's been proposed to bring the rail," said Joe Shephard, a founding member and general partner of the Bellevue Club, which is at 11200 S.E. Sixth St. "It would have a dramatically negative impact on us."

Opponents of the Bellevue Way route endorse an alternative along the BNSF Railway line between the east edge of Mercer Slough Nature Park and Interstate 405. Lee called this the "common-sense option."

Butler said the Bellevue Way option the board chose was modified from an original one to avoid taking out existing homes and disturbing Bellevue Way.

Aubrey Cohen can be reached at 206-448-8362 or [email protected].
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