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Old January 11th, 2017, 03:40 AM   #2741
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King County Metro will buy an additional 47 electric buses from Proterra, bringing the total fleet to 73 vehicles by 2020. All of them are 40 feet and are powered by a battery pack that can be recharged at the base and terminal using specially-designed stations.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-...t-longer-ones/

Metro will have the largest electric battery bus fleet in North America, which comes in addition to the third-largest electric trolleybus fleet (behind San Francisco and Vancouver).
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Transit riders flock to new Angle Lake light-rail station; parking spaces nearly full

Almost 2,600 riders a day are using the new Angle Lake Station, where park-and-ride spots are almost filled[...]
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Old January 14th, 2017, 11:15 AM   #2743
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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #2744
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For thousands, light rail will be the only way through downtown Seattle next year

Bus detours and road-lane changes are coming next year, to get people through downtown Seattle when construction projects push buses out of the transit tunnel[...]
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"Sound Transit Board selects alignment, profile and stations for Federal Way Link Extension"

Construction expected to begin in 2019



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Old February 20th, 2017, 08:04 AM   #2746
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A digest of recent and important transit news from the Seattle area:

Sound Transit vs. Mercer Island

The City of Mercer Island, an affluent suburb located between the downtowns of Seattle and Bellevue on Interstate 90 (connected via floating bridge to the former), voted February 13 to sue Sound Transit and the state's Department of Transportation over the upcoming June 2017 closure of I-90's express lanes for conversion into light rail (part of East Link light rail, to open in 2023). At issue is the island's special privilege to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (which are normally restricted to buses and vehicles with 2+ passengers); they signed an agreement in 1976 guaranteeing them access, but the Federal Highway Administration declared that such access is illegal. The city argues that the agreement should hold and that shifting all traffic to the new lanes (and new ramps) will spell disaster for their town.

Mercer Island has quite the reputation regionally for being stuck-up, so some may have cracked a smile at the recent announcement that Sound Transit would counter-sue to keep light rail construction moving.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 07:50 AM   #2747
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Bellevue wanted a tunnel under its downtown and it got [a small] one. No need for a tunnel boring machine here. YouTube courtesy of Sound Transit.

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Old March 1st, 2017, 02:59 AM   #2748
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Sound Transit has set up some cameras at the Northgate station site, including a live stream cam. This station will be a big deal. It should engender a lot of TOD and will serve as the northern Link terminus for two years until the Lynnwood extension opens in 2023. In addition, it will serve a large shopping mall, a transit mall with many feeder buses, and North Seattle College (via a walkway over the Interstate 5 freeway)
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 12:07 AM   #2749
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Sound Transit has set up some cameras at the Northgate station site, including a live stream cam. This station will be a big deal. It should engender a lot of TOD and will serve as the northern Link terminus for two years until the Lynnwood extension opens in 2023. In addition, it will serve a large shopping mall, a transit mall with many feeder buses, and North Seattle College (via a walkway over the Interstate 5 freeway)
There's already massive TOD developments at every station on the new line.

U-Link opened last year

-Capitol Hill Station
Massive 4 building development surrounding the station starting construction next year: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/20...roadway-plaza/

Buildings top out at 7 stories. Some folks gripe they could have easily been taller with a rezone, but 447 new units with 110 designated as affordable.

-University of Washington Station
Not much TOD directly adjacent, but ped bridge to campus and directly adjacent to the UW atheltic complex (Husky Stadium and Alaska Airlines Arena).

North Link opening 2021

-U District Station
Plans for a 6 story apartment building directly on top of station box. U-District also just had a massive rezone approved for buildings up to 320ft in the immediate vicinity of the station.

-Roosevelt Station
Rezone already approved to allow buildings up to 8 stories. 3 rather large apartment projects already complete. Development in similar scale to the Capitol Hill Station TOD on construction staging land already in process (old QFC site), and several other apartment projects in various stages of development.

-Northgate Station
As described above.

Exciting times in Seattle.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:19 AM   #2750
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Sound Transit East Link

A lot of technical information but should be of interest to those who will be fascinated by the "nuts and bolts" of building track on a floating bridge. From the Seattle Times.
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East Link Bellevue tunnel update

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Mining cross passages on Northgate Link line

Involves good old-fashioned digging. No TBM here! From Sound Transit.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 06:15 AM   #2753
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A digest of recent and important transit news from the Seattle area:

Sound Transit vs. Mercer Island

The City of Mercer Island, an affluent suburb located between the downtowns of Seattle and Bellevue on Interstate 90 (connected via floating bridge to the former), voted February 13 to sue Sound Transit and the state's Department of Transportation over the upcoming June 2017 closure of I-90's express lanes for conversion into light rail (part of East Link light rail, to open in 2023). At issue is the island's special privilege to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (which are normally restricted to buses and vehicles with 2+ passengers); they signed an agreement in 1976 guaranteeing them access, but the Federal Highway Administration declared that such access is illegal. The city argues that the agreement should hold and that shifting all traffic to the new lanes (and new ramps) will spell disaster for their town.

Mercer Island has quite the reputation regionally for being stuck-up, so some may have cracked a smile at the recent announcement that Sound Transit would counter-sue to keep light rail construction moving.
HOV lanes are HOV lanes. No town should have special permission to use them for one car occupant unless they pay a toll.
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Sound Transit and Mercer Island settled the lawsuit this week. Construction is proceeding. https://www.seattletransitblog.com/2...ccess-to-i-90/
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What will be the East Link service pattern? Will all trains from Bellevue/Redmond only go as far as University of Washington, or will any trains be extended to Northgate and Lynnwood?
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What will be the East Link service pattern? Will all trains from Bellevue/Redmond only go as far as University of Washington, or will any trains be extended to Northgate and Lynnwood?
The plan is to run the "Blue Line" from Redmond to Lynnwood all day, interlined with the "Red Line" (to Seattle and Federal Way) from Chinatown to Lynnwood. Eventually the Red Line will extend all the way to Downtown Everett, while the Blue Line will be extended up to Mariner Park and Ride.

It wouldn't really make sense for trains to not run all the way to Lynnwood, considering how bus-dense the corridor is (and that those buses will be redirected to light rail stations in 2023).
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So the network will resemble an upside-down lower-case "h."
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Here's one way to put it (from Seattle Transit Blog):

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"Late Buses Could Spell Trouble for Denser Development in Seattle"

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/la...nt-in-seattle/

"You mean the timetable was lying when it said buses would come every 15 minutes?" LOL
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Northgate LINK station

Impressive progress on the LINK Northgate station complex, which will be the temporary north terminus from opening in 2021 until the extension to Lynnwood in 2023. It will include, for better or worse, a large parking garage.

















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