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Old May 20th, 2015, 11:15 PM   #2461
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Testing on the First Hill Streetcar has finally begun with the first vehicle. The line is scheduled to open sometime this year after a long delay caused by the manufacturer in the Czech Republic.

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Yes, that was the New Streetcar you saw out and about last night.

The Streetcar made low speed test runs last night and traveled from the Maintenance Facility Yard and proceeded north on 8th Ave S, and entered the mainline at S Jackson St, then traveled west to the end of the line. The streetcar then reversed direction and proceeded outbound on the “on-wire” track to the other end of the line, changing to the “off-wire” track and returned to 7th Ave S and S Jackson St, and then returned to the Yard via 8th Avenue S.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #2462
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The first of 64 new 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior XT60 trolleybuses (which will replace, among others, the aging Breda trolleybuses that once ran through the bus tunnel) has arrived for testing. (Source)

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Old May 21st, 2015, 11:06 PM   #2463
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Are those longer than the Bredas?
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Old May 22nd, 2015, 04:13 AM   #2464
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Are those longer than the Bredas?
They're both 60 feet.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 01:20 AM   #2465
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Media Tour of Capitol Hill Station

Especially great to see a train at the platform. The station appears to me to be somewhat claustrophobic, busy and "clunky". Of course we are used to the very expansive downtown transit tunnel stations. The only other current "subway" station on the line is at Beacon Hill where the two tracks and platforms are fully separated by a walkway, and elevator bank, such that each platform seems roomier. Just my opinion based on the photos and video. Of course I can't wait to use it!

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Old May 28th, 2015, 08:49 AM   #2466
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University Link Progress

The light rail extension from Downtown Seattle/Westlake to the University of Washington is expected to open ahead of schedule in the first quarter of 2016. Below are pictures from Sound Transit on the Capitol Hill Station.



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Old May 28th, 2015, 06:41 PM   #2467
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The first of 64 new 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior XT60 trolleybuses (which will replace, among others, the aging Breda trolleybuses that once ran through the bus tunnel) has arrived for testing. (Source)
San Francisco's XT60 is already running revenue service on the 14-Mission line. When can Seattle's XT40 (4301) enter revenue service?
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Old May 29th, 2015, 03:59 AM   #2468
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San Francisco's XT60 is already running revenue service on the 14-Mission line. When can Seattle's XT40 (4301) enter revenue service?
Not sure. Most estimates put it sometime in late summer.

Anyway...the double-deckers have jumped the sound and are on trial with Kitsap Transit. Their reasoning (ferry terminals don't have enough space for articulated coaches) is pretty solid and I hope they get a few. They're great marketing tools and are fantastic for express routes (long distance and limited stops), which makes them ideal for suburban transit.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #2469
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The East Link stations (scheduled to open in 2023) are close to getting their permanent names, displayed on the map below in red:



Some terribly long names in there ("Redmond Technology Center"...just call it Microsoft Station) and then there's a few unnecessary suffixes (Bellevue Downtown, 120th and 130th).
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Old June 25th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #2470
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Here are pictures I took a couple weeks ago from the Seattle Light Rail extension past the airport station.

The pictures are form my flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?

[IMG]IMG_2307 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]Seattle Light Rail S 200th Link Exptention by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old June 30th, 2015, 06:40 AM   #2471
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Cross-post from the Seattle subforum:

Pine Street Stub Tunnel vent shaft, located next to Convention Place tunnel station


Pine Street Stub Tunnel vent shaft by SounderBruce, on Flickr


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U District (Brooklyn) Station


U District Station excavation by SounderBruce, on Flickr


U District Station wall by SounderBruce, on Flickr


U District Station excavation by SounderBruce, on Flickr
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 08:09 AM   #2472
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First Hill Streetcar may open in August 2015.

http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/20...ust-hopefully/
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Old July 5th, 2015, 11:46 PM   #2474
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A preview ride on King County Metro's new 60-foot New Flyer XT60 electric trolleybuses, featuring a small demonstration of the off-wire capabilities:

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Old July 7th, 2015, 10:24 PM   #2475
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I took a tour aboard some historic trolleybuses preserved by the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association. $5 a pop, 4 hours along Seattle's extensive trolleywire network (with a lunch break at the Ballard Locks). Well worth the trip.

The next trolley tour is in September, but there are historic diesel bus tours coming up this month. Check out MEHVA's website for more details.


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MEHVA 643 on Broadway by SounderBruce, on Flickr


MEHVA trolleybuses in Pioneer Square by SounderBruce, on Flickr


MEHVA trolleybuses in Ballard by SounderBruce, on Flickr


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Old July 11th, 2015, 03:18 AM   #2476
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Local designer Rick Pierce posted a high-concept rebrand proposal for Metro, featuring a new logo/wordmark, a new livery and a slightly modified bus stop sign. He also posted it to reddit and got plenty of feedback and some suggestions that are worth looking at.



Personally, I love the wordmark (and getting rid of MLK...bring back the crown!) and additional liveries (while it is harder to implement because of the shared fleet between different bases)
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Sound Transit Link Operations & Maintenance center in SODO.

New construction. Getting ready for the opening of U-Link?




So many Links!




A few are wrapped with advertisements.






All ST facilities have some artwork included, most noticeable at the stations. The R is a throwback to the old Rainier Beer specialized R.


Another bit of art are the yellow and black poles, meant to mimic the local and very pervasive horsetail plant.


The old, defunct Rainier Brewery is conveniently located across the street from the O&M yard. The facility is on Airport Way South, named for Boeing Field, not SeaTac Airport. Boeing Field is about a mile south of the O&M. In Georgetown, just north of Boeing Field, one gets a double whammy: views of planes thundering barely overhead on the approach to Boeing as well as great views of low flying jets on approach to SeaTac. (As well as railfanning both freight and passenger, on the BNSF mail line tracks which pass by the edge of Georgetown.)


The R sign on the brewery is adjacent to the I-5 interstate freeway, visible to thousands of drivers and passengers daily.






One of the businesses occupying the old brewery, always with the stylized R.
















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Wow. That is beautiful. I don't know anything about the place or area, but it looks fantasy-like. Just imagine this thing with some rooftop terraces and some plants hanging over the edges, a hip hotel and some night clubs. This could be a great mixed-use entertainment area.
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Old July 13th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #2480
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Wow. That is beautiful. I don't know anything about the place or area, but it looks fantasy-like. Just imagine this thing with some rooftop terraces and some plants hanging over the edges, a hip hotel and some night clubs. This could be a great mixed-use entertainment area.
Considering it's in the middle of an industrial area, I don't expect it to be all that well suited for mixed-use anything.

The EVA Air wraps are hideous and a crime against the good people at Kinkisharyo who designed the trains.
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