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Old October 23rd, 2006, 06:01 AM   #141
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yes its looking good - the pics - have passed it a couple times and it looked like a lot was done - will be passing it next week again on my way down the I5
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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:36 AM   #142
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updates

Anyone have any new update photos? The bridge from the airport has reached I-5 and is snaking its way to Auburn. They are also starting work on the bridge across I-5 at the Boeing Field access road. The tunnel is also progressing well too.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 03:40 PM   #143
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Seattle Light Rail

FIRST CARS!!

From Sound Transit’s website:

December 18th, 2006:



Central Puget Sound commuters got a glimpse of the light rail future today as Sound Transit rolled out the region’s first Central Link light rail vehicle.

“Beginning in 2009, these beautiful light rail trains will offer a fast and reliable alternative to sitting in traffic between downtown Seattle and the airport,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. “This is the perfect time for people to see how close we are to delivering this critical piece of the transit system as we put the final touches on a major Sound Transit 2 package to expand it.”

“More than 45,000 daily riders will make Link light rail part of their regular commute,” said Sound Transit Boardmember and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. “Light rail is the LINK that ties our regional system together. With the recent federal approval to finalize the design for expanding light rail to the University of Washington, our transit future looks bright and it sets the stage for the next phase of developing the entire transit network.”

Link light rail construction is on schedule and heading for opening day in 2009, providing riders with a fast 36-minute trip between SeaTac Airport and Westlake Station in Seattle.....read the rest at www.soundtransit.org

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Light Rail car specs:

Capacity of 200 riders, 74 seated
4 wide doors on each side
spaces for 4 wheelchairs and 2 bikes
air conditioned
max and cruising speed of 55mph
95 feet long x 8.7 ft wide x 12.1ft tall
can operate from 1 to 4 cars long
(Initially, the system will begin with 2-car trains every 6 minutes at rush hour; 10-15 minutes during off-peak)
double articulated, with 3 sections riding on 6 axles
powered by 1500-volt dc traction power system
operates at street level, on elevated trackways, and underground


Sound Transit ordered 35 cars from Kinkisharyo at a cost of $139m.
2 of the cars are in Seattle as of now; with the rest arriving 2 per month starting next May.


And here's the LINK system overview for people who don't know:

Starting in late 2009, Sound Transit will begin operations of the 15 mile SeaTac Airport - Downtown Seattle light rail line (Central LINK). It will take 36 minutes to ride from end to end.

45,000 riders are expected to use light rail daily by 2020, with the UW extension increasing ridership to over 100,000 a day.

There will be 12 stations at first with 4.4 miles of elevated track, 2.5 underground, and 7 miles at grade. A 1.7 mile extension to the airport will be opened a few months later, creating a 13th station. The University Link was recently approved and construction will start in 2008. The Uni Link is the most populous-dense corridor in the state; and 3rd after SF and NYC who were also contenders for federal transit funds. It will be about 3 miles with 2 stations adding 70,000 extra daily riders. The North Link will be the next expansion.



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Old December 20th, 2006, 06:44 PM   #144
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Bridge across I-5

They're progressing well on the tracks too. The elevated section from the airport is starting to snake it's way along I-5, and they're about to start work on the bridge that crosses I-5 at the Boeing Field access road.

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsourc...ery=light+rail
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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:15 PM   #145
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ORCA Card

That's cool. Sound Transit seems to be making progress!

I still wish they had a station at Southcenter Mall...

Anyway, Seattle is moving on up by introducing the ORCA Card (FINALLY!) in early 2008. (One Regional Card for All) Testing of the system began in August. It will be used for busses, light rail, commuter rail, and ferries.




From www.orcacard.com


ORCA is a plastic card containing an imbedded microprocessor chip. The chip stores information about the kind of pass you have purchased, the number of rides you have remaining on your multi-ride product and/or the amount of money in your prepaid account, known as an electronic purse. The fare amount is automatically deducted when you tag the card by the ORCA card reader on the bus, at train stations and at ferry terminals.

Move smoothly between seven public transportation systems, with no worries about differing fares, lost tickets or misplaced transfers.

Unlike magnetic strip cards such as a credit card, ORCA uses contact-free technology that can be "read" without having to make contact or be inserted into a fare card reader. As a result, the card can conveniently stay in your wallet or purse.

Several currently operating smart card systems include: Washington, D.C. (SmarTrip); San Francisco Bay Area (TransLink); Ventura County, CA (Go Ventura); London (Oyster); and Hong Kong (Octopus).

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I'm in France now and Lyon has a similar card for ease of transfer between the subways/lightrails/tramways/and busses. It's so convenient! I'm sure Seattle will happily embrace this.

I think ORCA is a cute name too. I always wonder if a committee just picked a random state icon and tried to think of an appropriate acronym to fit it. And it seems to fit with the other 'o' named water animals: Oyster-Octopus-Orca
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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #146
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Nice! on both updates.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #147
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Super! Exciting times for Seattle with trains arriving. It's great that Seattle has come out with this Orca card, something Vancouver has talked about...hmm the Orca name has now been taken though.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 01:39 AM   #148
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Exciting times for Seattle, a new light rail system and a smart card system, if only there was a smart card system in Vancouver....no more stupid change and faresavers...
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Old December 21st, 2006, 01:57 AM   #149
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I know I'm starting to get all excited as the project inches closer to completion But we still have a year or two...

So in 2008: ORCA card launches, 2 more commuter trains added to Everett Line; 5 more for Tacoma!!; SLU-downtown streetcar will be finished; construction on Uni Link light rail will (hopefully) begin
2009: Central Link opens!
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Old December 21st, 2006, 04:25 AM   #150
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nice

Its cool to see seattle and vancouvers new LRT's getting done at the same time

can ride them both around the same time
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Old December 21st, 2006, 11:57 AM   #151
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That's cool. Sound Transit seems to be making progress!

I still wish they had a station at Southcenter Mall...

Anyway, Seattle is moving on up by introducing the ORCA Card (FINALLY!) in early 2008. (One Regional Card for All) Testing of the system began in August. It will be used for busses, light rail, commuter rail, and ferries.




From www.orcacard.com


ORCA is a plastic card containing an imbedded microprocessor chip. The chip stores information about the kind of pass you have purchased, the number of rides you have remaining on your multi-ride product and/or the amount of money in your prepaid account, known as an electronic purse. The fare amount is automatically deducted when you tag the card by the ORCA card reader on the bus, at train stations and at ferry terminals.

Move smoothly between seven public transportation systems, with no worries about differing fares, lost tickets or misplaced transfers.

Unlike magnetic strip cards such as a credit card, ORCA uses contact-free technology that can be "read" without having to make contact or be inserted into a fare card reader. As a result, the card can conveniently stay in your wallet or purse.

Several currently operating smart card systems include: Washington, D.C. (SmarTrip); San Francisco Bay Area (TransLink); Ventura County, CA (Go Ventura); London (Oyster); and Hong Kong (Octopus).

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I'm in France now and Lyon has a similar card for ease of transfer between the subways/lightrails/tramways/and busses. It's so convenient! I'm sure Seattle will happily embrace this.

I think ORCA is a cute name too. I always wonder if a committee just picked a random state icon and tried to think of an appropriate acronym to fit it. And it seems to fit with the other 'o' named water animals: Oyster-Octopus-Orca
The ORCA test just started this month. I'm a tester.

Also, ORCA stands for One Regional Card for All.
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Old December 22nd, 2006, 02:02 AM   #152
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Super! Exciting times for Seattle with trains arriving. It's great that Seattle has come out with this Orca card, something Vancouver has talked about...hmm the Orca name has now been taken though.
They stole the name from us....maybe? I remember reading a Translink report, dated in the late 90s, about our own smart-card called Orca that was in the works.
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That's great news! Finally about time to see a real train.

More pictures of the train





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Old December 22nd, 2006, 09:09 PM   #154
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Fantastic!

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Old December 22nd, 2006, 11:32 PM   #155
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nice, theyve been working on this for awhile!
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 03:43 AM   #156
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Nice!
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 06:27 AM   #157
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Inside it looks nice, but the windows really should be larger
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 08:59 AM   #158
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I cant wait until the trains start running... finally after all these years Seattle is actually getting somewhere.

Next year Sound Transit will ask voters to vote for a light rail line to the eastide(mercer island, bellevue, and redmond) thats where I live!!

I CANT WAIT...
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 04:27 PM   #159
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The light rail vehicles are from Kinkisharyo < http://www.kinkisharyo-usa.com/ >, which has an excellent reputation for delivering reliable vehicles.

Boston has had a history of problems with light rail vehicles. The Boeing-Vertol light rail vehicles ordered during the late 1970's had many problems. Vehicles ordered from Breda during the late 1990's had so many problems that the order was cancelled before the final vehicles were delivered. Kinkisharyo vehicles ordered during the 1980's now form the backbone of the fleet:



Other cities in the United States with light rail vehicles from Kinkisharyo include:

Dallas,


Newark/Bergen County,


and San Jose.


The San Jose vehicles are easily the most unattractive light rail vehicles operating in the United States. It was a relief to see the more streamlined shape of the Seattle vehicles. Vehicles that will soon be delivered to Phoenix will also be more streamlined:

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Old December 24th, 2006, 01:59 AM   #160
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does anyone know when the transit tunnel will reopen??
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