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Old December 24th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #2421
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The next two years are going to be very interesting for transit in Seattle. Here's a small schedule:

2015: First Hill Streetcar finally begins service

2015 to 2018: Lynnwood Link final design, Northgate Link construction

June 2015: Community Transit restores Sunday service

March 2016: University Link begins service

Spring/Summer 2016: ST Board finalizes ST3 planning, assuming state legislature cooperates

September 2016: Angle Lake Station opens

November 8, 2016: Anticipated day of ST3 vote
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:44 AM   #2422
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From Railway Gazette:

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Sound Transit approves 2015 budget
29 Dec 2014



USA: The Sound Transit Board approved a $1·2bn 2015 budget for public transport projects in the Seattle area on December 18, including several light rail developments.

The budget includes $121m to complete station construction, fit-out and testing for the University Link extension, due to open in early 2016. A further $208m is allotted for the Northgate Link, $143m for East Link pre-construction work and $16·3m for final design work for the Lynwood Link.

The budget is based on assumptions of 32 million passenger-journeys. ‘Sound Transit is poised to see record ridership growth in 2015, while staying on track for the early, under-budget completion of light rail to the University of Washington and rollout of the next rail expansion plan,’ said Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine.

Sound Transit is also preparing to introduce a ballot measure for November 2016 where voters can approve further funding programmes
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Old January 9th, 2015, 01:10 AM   #2423
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Progress being made on East Link construction!
http://www.progressiverailroading.co...on-work--43045
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Old January 13th, 2015, 06:20 PM   #2424
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The First Hill streetcar underwent trials in the Czech republic.


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Old January 19th, 2015, 06:32 AM   #2425
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http://www.kentreporter.com/news/288887471.html
It seems like a lot of light rail projects are going to be funded within the immediate future!
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:25 PM   #2426
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It seems like a lot of light rail projects are going to be funded within the immediate future!
That's just for the deferred ST2 projects (e.g. East Link into Downtown Redmond and South Link to Federal Way TC). The real funding comes next November in the form of the ST3 ballot, pending taxing authority approval from the state legislature this year.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:28 PM   #2427
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Well it allows those projects to get back under way much soon than expected, after they were canceled, doesn't it?
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Old January 24th, 2015, 08:23 AM   #2428
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Work continues on new extension to Angle Lake station:


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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:40 AM   #2429
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Angle Lake Station construction

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Old February 19th, 2015, 10:23 PM   #2430
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Community Transit recently opened its newest transit center, located in the far-flung suburb of Smokey Point in southwestern Arlington. A cheap, $3 million project that expanded the older, smaller bus station at the same location and without a single public parking space, as it is intended to be used by local routes feeding into frequent routes 201/202.


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Old February 21st, 2015, 08:31 AM   #2431
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Video about construction of Roosevelt station:

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Old March 3rd, 2015, 08:03 AM   #2432
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First Hill Streetcar

The saga continues, but perhaps some cause for optimism. From the Seattle Times.

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Old March 3rd, 2015, 08:00 PM   #2433
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My view is that they don't even need to open the streetcar.

Merely having the tracks in the ground has already spurred tens of billions of dollars in development in adjoining neighborhoods.

I am not even sure why they are wasting money on buying the rolling stock.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 07:05 AM   #2434
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Sound Transit Central Link: Angle Lake Extension


Current end of track, Sea-Tac Airport station.


More to come.


Mount Rainier watches over all.


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Old March 6th, 2015, 10:49 PM   #2435
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King County Metro sent out a press release revealing that six peak-only express routes in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be moved to surface effective September 26, 2015. University Link testing is expected to begin then, so there's not much capacity left for these routes.

The routes effected are: 76, 77, 216, 218, 219, and 316
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Old March 11th, 2015, 03:36 AM   #2436
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Update on First Hill streetcar line from the Capitol Hill Blog.

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Good luck getting any pecuniary damages from that Czech company, Seattle! LOL
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First Hill Streetcars under Construction


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The yellow tube steel is the streetcar, the black rubber delineates the operating envelope (Clearence required to operate)

First Hill Streetcar catenary /envelope clearance test cart at 5th &amp; Jackson @seatransitblog @thestreetcar @stacywitbeck
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I'm looking forward to taking pictures of the real cars when testing begins.
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