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Old September 29th, 2014, 06:09 AM   #2401
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After several years of cuts and reductions, transit in Snohomish County is about to finally begin its recovery. Tomorrow, Community Transit is increasing service by 7,500 hours, the first non-grant-funded improvements since 2009.

Here's to waiting for Sunday service in 2015!

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Better connections, more mid-day trips among first improvements since 2009
Snohomish County, Wash. –Thanks to improving sales tax revenue, Community Transit is adding new bus service this fall, the first non-grant-funded service improvements since 2009.

The agency is adding 7,500 hours of new bus service, while efficiency changes will redistribute another 6,000 hours of service on the streets.

The fall service change takes place Monday, September 29. It will:
  • Provide more mid-day service and better transit connections;
  • Restore an all-day, one-seat connection between Mukilteo and the Lynnwood Transit Center;
  • Address high demand between Lynnwood Transit Center and Edmonds Community College;
  • Improve efficiency around the Alderwood Mall area; and
  • Eliminate the underperforming Route 110 between Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #2402
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Progress on new Roosevelt station:


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Old October 19th, 2014, 03:55 AM   #2403
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I decided to use the 2008-style Metro flags on a Community Transit bus stop. The result wasn't too bad.


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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #2404
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Seattle votes for increased bus service; rejects monorail expansion

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Posted on November 4, 2014 | By Joel Connelly

Seattle voters gave a show of both confidence and hope to Metro bus service on Tuesday, voting a $60 car tab fee and slight sales tax hike to preserve and extend Metro bus service.

The Emerald City was endorsing, with 58.87 percent of the vote, a scaled down city version of a proposal rejected last April by King County voters.

The original county and city proposals were designed to stave off deep cuts in Metro bus service: The Washington State Legislature has failed to enact a statewide transportation plan that would give localities latitude in funding transit service.
As King County recovers from the Great Recession — the county is growing and booming — Metro’s finances have improved. The King County Council has postponed further rounds of bus service cuts.

On this basis, several groups — notably the League of Women Voters — urged a No vote on the Metro funding plan. But Seattle voters had an incentive to say Yes — an overcrowded, overtaxed bus system that needs new routes and service.

“With today’s vote, we are now able to do something that has eluded elected leaders of this city for decades, and that’s add significantly to existing transit service in Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

The Mayor promised that the city will “use this money responsibly” and insist on “strict accountability measures” to assure that Metro expands bus service in areas of greater need.


Seattle voters decisively rejected one other measure: By a resounding 82 percent, they said No to creation of a new transportation district that would impose a car tax and “study” revival of a monorail linking Ballard with West Seattle.

The monorail plan’s sponsors proposed to control the tax revenue — estimated at $2 million — for more than a year. Such was their acumen, however, that they were unable to meet a deadline for submitting a statement for the King County Voters Pamphlet.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #2405
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The monorail measure was some crazy lady's attempt to resuscitate the old Seattle Monorail Green Line which was voted on SIX times. It died a slow horrible death and no one in the city is willing to go thru it all again.

On top of that, it would have created a new transit agency, of which we already have 2 operating in the city (KC Metro, and Sound Transit), and would be studying a route that Sound Transit is already studying for a new light rail line.

So glad is was so resoundingly defeated so that we can move ahead with the ST3 plan to extend the currently planned lines to their final termini (Everett, Tacoma, Redmond), and build the Ballard/DT/West Seattle line.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 09:01 AM   #2406
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Video on South 200th Link extension:

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Old November 7th, 2014, 04:24 AM   #2407
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Community Transit is increasing adult fares by 25 cents to fund 27,000 hours of new service, including 18,000 hours of Sunday service. 20-minute frequencies on Sundays for Swift! Hour-frequencies on Sundays for major routes!



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Old November 7th, 2014, 02:56 PM   #2408
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Old November 9th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #2409
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Can anyone explain the process for joining each section together? Are they tensoned together with cables? Bracketed together? Con...creted together with grout?
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Old November 9th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #2410
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Primarily tensioned.

But I seem to recall a bit of grouting for thoroughness (might be wrong, though).
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Old November 9th, 2014, 01:12 AM   #2411
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Primarily tensioned.

But I seem to recall a bit of grouting for thoroughness (might be wrong, though).
Ah, so are the towers the anchor points for each tension joint?
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Old November 9th, 2014, 02:01 AM   #2412
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My simplistic understanding is that there are steel tendons that thread through the bridge segments. The tendons are tensioned to cause the bridge segments to bear tightly against one another. There are shear keys that keep the bridge segments from slipping out of vertical and horizontal alignment. Bending moments in the bridge cross section are reacted by the tendons on the tension side and bearing forces between the concrete bridge segments on the compression side. I believe the tendons are anchored directly to the bridge segments, not the pylons, but I could be wrong about this.
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Old November 15th, 2014, 09:57 AM   #2413
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Detailed plans for preparing Tacoma Dome station for Sounder and Amtrak services. Sounder already serving Tacoma and Lakewood, while Amtrak will come in three years time:









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Old November 22nd, 2014, 08:46 AM   #2414
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Second TBM Pamela for Northgate Link was launched this week:


There goes Pamela by SoundTransit, on Flickr
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Old November 24th, 2014, 04:30 PM   #2415
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Do they still have a webpage that shows the tbm progress like they did with u-link?
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Old December 24th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #2416
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Anyone have any details of the east link expansion.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 01:48 AM   #2417
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Anyone have any details of the east link expansion.
Here's a small overview I've just written up:

East Link is a 14-mile, $2 billion light rail line that will connect Seattle to Bellevue and Overlake in southwestern Redmond (home to such companies as Microsoft and Nintendo USA, among others), when it opens in 2023. The route itself is quite interesting, with the right-of-way already existing as the reversible express lanes of Interstate 90. The light rail line will be the first train service to use a floating bridge. East Link will be almost completely grade-separated (no at-grade crossings), with the exception of several at-grade crossings near 120th and 130th stations.

The corridor is already served by ST Express Route 550 between Seattle and Bellevue, and partially served by RapidRide (semi-BRT) B Line from Bellevue to Redmond. The current plan for service is having trains run from Northgate (its extension is to open in 2021) to Overlake during all hours, with trains running from Lynnwood (also to open in 2023) to Overlake during peak hours.

There are proposals from Sound Transit to interline East Link with a possible Eastside-only light rail extension to serve Kirkland and Issaquah. That proposal will be voted on with the Sound Transit 3 package in 2016.

More information, including station renderings, can be found at http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects...Link-Extension
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So construction is really going to gear up in the next year or so?
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So construction is really going to gear up in the next year or so?
Yes. However, it hinges on the completion of the new I-90 HOV lanes to replace the express lanes, so it can be delayed.
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