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Old September 18th, 2015, 12:48 AM   #2501
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Almost complete. From KIRO-TV.
That KIRO broadcast was terrible. The map showing Central Link running along I-5 to SeaTac, mentioning Snohomish County/North Sound commuters (this extension does nothing for them, since their bus service will not be truncated to UW Station; there are bus restructures planned for NE Seattle and Capitol Hill that will benefit, though).
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Old September 25th, 2015, 04:10 AM   #2502
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With Aurora Bridge closed, SDOT has converted a lane on Westlake Avenue into a temporary bus lane:



Maybe a more refined version of this could be used for events and other closures in the near future, complete with movable barriers and temporary paint/signage that is on hand.
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Old September 25th, 2015, 06:48 AM   #2503
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Angle Lake Link Extension

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Old October 9th, 2015, 06:08 AM   #2504
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First Hill Streetcar Line

Update of sorts on the long-delayed line. From SDOT by way of the Capitol Hill Blog.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 09:07 AM   #2505
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Point Defiance Bypass project progress:


Rail – Tacoma-Point Defiance Bypass work Sept. 2015 by Washington State Dept of Transportation, on Flickr

And render of future Tacoma Dome station for Amtrak:


New Amtrak Cascades station at Freighthouse Square by Washington State Dept of Transportation, on Flickr
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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:25 PM   #2506
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From Railway Gazette:

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Seattle selects light rail satellite depot site
25 Oct 2015



USA: The Sound Transit board has selected a site in Bellevue’s Bel-Red corridor between downtown Bellevue and Redmond for a $380m light rail operations and maintenance satellite facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 for opening in 2020.

The depot will be designed to maximise the potential for transit-oriented development in the vicinity, incorporating recommendations from the Urban Land Institute and local stakeholders seeking to provide development opportunities in the area

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Old November 7th, 2015, 08:58 AM   #2507
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First Hill Line

If the streetcars have to travel 310 miles each during the shakedown phase, they should be approaching that mileage soon. I wouldn't be surprised to hear an upcoming announcement for opening day.











In front of Union Station (ex Milwaukee Road and Union Pacific).




And King Street Station (ex-Great Northern and Northern Pacific).
















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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:46 AM   #2508
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If the streetcars have to travel 310 miles each during the shakedown phase, they should be approaching that mileage soon. I wouldn't be surprised to hear an upcoming announcement for opening day.
Wow. That is really pink. Looks like a toy. The green one looks kind of like the start bar with the olive theme in Windows XP. Who is deciding the colors of these things?

Barbie modern streetcar, to go with Amazon Employee Barbie and Hipster Ken, by Mattel! All products sold seperately. Not shown: Barbie's dream condo.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 05:58 PM   #2509
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Seattle First Hill streetcar colors

Quoted from an earlier Seattle Times article:

The colors for Seattle’s First Hill streetcars, and another to be added to the South Lake Union line, are linked to neighborhoods along the trackways. Here is the chosen palette, and the rationale:

• First Hill: baby blue, for children born in nearby hospitals.

• Pioneer Square: metallic gold for the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98, when Seattle served as the gateway to Alaska.

• Chinatown International District: one red and one yellow, traditional colors of China.

• Little Saigon: jade green to represent Vietnam and neighbor countries.

• Capitol Hill: hot pink, to display that neighborhood’s “modern energy,” said Ethan Melone, rail-projects manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, a mobile of pinkish fighter-plane parts is also being installed in the future Sound Transit light-rail station off Broadway.

• South Lake Union: orange, a corporate color of Amazon, which paid for the new fourth train of the SLU line.

Of course it looks like one is already wrapped in advertising, blunting the color scheme.
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Old November 11th, 2015, 08:05 AM   #2511
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Second Quarter Ridership numbers for Seattle-Tacoma

Seattle

Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Light Rail - 2,200 (2015) : -8.47%
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Buses - 333,500 (2015) : 1.53% +
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Trolley Buses - 74,000 (2015) : -4.96%
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Van Pool - 13,500 (2015) : 1.57% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Commuter Rail - 13,900 (2015) : 11.77% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Light Rail - 39,400 (2015) : 5.72% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Buses - 64,600 (2015) : 5.99% +
Seattle / Washington State Ferries - 68,700 (2015) : 4.71% +

Tacoma

Tacoma / Pierce Transit | Buses - 31,000 (2015) : -10.65%
Tacoma / Pierce Transit | Van Pool - 3,200 (2015) : -7.74%


Bremerton

Bremerton / Kitsap Transit | Buses - 11,000 (2015) : 0.59% +
Bremerton / Kitsap Transit | Ferries - 2,000 (2015) : 8.82% +


Olympia

Olympia / Intercity Transit | Buses - 15,100 (2015) : -4.15%

Everett

Everett / Everett Transit System | Buses - 6,700 (2015) : -1.42%
Everett / Everett Transit System | Direct Response - 4,000 (2015) : 4.49% +
Everett / Snohomish County PTBA | Buses - 33,200 (2015) : 2.63% +
Everett / Snohomish County PTBA | Van Pool - 3,700 (2015) : -1.31%
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Old November 16th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #2512
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What's up with the huge decrease in Seattle light rail ridership? I assume light rail means streetcar since it says SPD.
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What's up with the huge decrease in Seattle light rail ridership? I assume light rail means streetcar since it says SPD.
8% of 2,200 is only about 180 people. That's practically a margin or error. That area is building up so quickly and will be connected through the CBD anyway, so that number is poised to explode.
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TBM breakthrough at the future U District station of Northgate extension:

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8% of 2,200 is only about 180 people. That's practically a margin or error. That area is building up so quickly and will be connected through the CBD anyway, so that number is poised to explode.
2,200 is 8% of the total ridership.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 06:17 AM   #2516
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Proterra electric bus spotted in Bellevue and Seattle:


Proterra bus in Downtown by Mike Bjork, on Flickr


Proterra bus in Downtown by Mike Bjork, on Flickr


King County Metro Proterra by Atomic Taco, on Flickr
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That bus has some kind of recharge system except plug and wire? To be honest, without recharging during the day, electric bus is a bit problematic. My local public transport authority is testing electric buses next to my house since a year and very often I see diesel powered buses because electric buses have not enough battery capacity. I think the best option is bus with pantograph (like Wien Liner's Rampini Alé El) or inductive energy transfer (like Berlin's Solaris Urbino 12 Electric with Bombardier Primove).
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That bus has some kind of recharge system except plug and wire? To be honest, without recharging during the day, electric bus is a bit problematic. My local public transport authority is testing electric buses next to my house since a year and very often I see diesel powered buses because electric buses have not enough battery capacity. I think the best option is bus with pantograph (like Wien Liner's Rampini Alé El) or inductive energy transfer (like Berlin's Solaris Urbino 12 Electric with Bombardier Primove).
It can plug and recharge at the end of a route in a few minutes.
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