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Old July 27th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #1901
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i say go for the expansion of rail services and such i hate when its the people in the car stuck in traffic if they knew that another way to move around the city is better that way.

London was one of the first cities in the world to do that and well i just don't understand why seattle won't do it for light rail heck Light rail is a great idea but yet its like people that don't care.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #1902
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Mt Baker Light Rail Station near the east portal of the Beacon Hill Tunnel.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #1903
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WOW that whole area looks ripe for prime developments!!!
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Old August 5th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #1904
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WOW that whole area looks ripe for prime developments!!!
like the rest of Washington State. I think we could all use a little cleaning up though, there's garbage everywhere.
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Old August 5th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #1905
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So true, but for only .05 cents per 10 buck purchase, if this is not approved, I will be very sad since Vancouver, B.C. is making us look like fools in terms of mass transit. Currently, there is a big fat split since Pierce County is being asked to vote on this from what it sounds like from people responding to the Up Front view of Ron Sims that aired on KING TV on Sunday. Some people are complaining about it taking too long, on the opposite side, people want to get it right with creating less congestion. Will be tough to say.
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Old August 5th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #1906
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I agree. Seattle needs to start funding a high-capacity transit system to help support its current and future population growth.

NOTE that light rail won't solve the congestion problem entirely, but it definitely is part of the solution.

If this doesn't pass in November, it will be really upsetting. Other nearby cities understand the importance of rail transit. Look at Portland, they are smaller than Seattle and have been investing heavily in mass rail transit for the last 15-20 years! You can get around so quickly and efficiently there without even getting in a car and it seems that is becoming increasingly appealing to people in most American cities.
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Old August 5th, 2008, 11:19 PM   #1907
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High capacity transit will relieve chunks of the freeway strain. I believe that what Sound Transit needs to point out is with the Light Rail expansion in bus relocation and bus service improvements as a result of the new Light Rail where resources can be dedicated elsewhere and how reliable travel times can be achieved from the system to make it a worth while investment.

It is a matter of facing off against the convenience of a car.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 11:45 PM   #1908
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Mt Baker Light Rail Station near the east portal of the Beacon Hill Tunnel.
Looks great!
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Old August 8th, 2008, 07:05 AM   #1909
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Tukwila station looks absolutely beautiful!!

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2736632623/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2736633067/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2737468614/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2737433040/

here are the links... sorry I couldnt get them on the thread.

In the last pic you can see one of the trains just at the end of the platform
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Old August 8th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #1910
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Sound Transit announced that light rail trains will be testing thru Rainier Valley starting today.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #1911
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Tukwila station looks absolutely beautiful!!

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2736632623/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2736633067/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2737468614/

http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2737433040/

here are the links... sorry I couldnt get them on the thread.

In the last pic you can see one of the trains just at the end of the platform
I love everything about it except for the bare concrete. I don't see why they couldn't cover the concrete with something so it doesn't look so dirty. Or at least wash it to keep it clean.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #1912
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I agree. Seattle needs to start funding a high-capacity transit system to help support its current and future population growth.

NOTE that light rail won't solve the congestion problem entirely, but it definitely is part of the solution.

If this doesn't pass in November, it will be really upsetting. Other nearby cities understand the importance of rail transit. Look at Portland, they are smaller than Seattle and have been investing heavily in mass rail transit for the last 15-20 years! You can get around so quickly and efficiently there without even getting in a car and it seems that is becoming increasingly appealing to people in most American cities.
While the interstate highway system was important after World War II in the 1950s to enable trucking and long distance driving, freeways of the inner cities have been a complete waste of funds. The Europeans concentrated on rail systems while we wasted our funds attempting to build freeways to relieve the congestion. They move about their cities with ease, we are stuck in traffic jams.

As our population grows, some say it will double in the major metropolitan areas in twenty years, traffic congestion is going to get twice as bad. The only hope is for more rail systems, commuter rail and light rail. Unfortunately, many cities have waited too long, and some cities have no clue.

Its good to see Seattle moving in the right direction. Any freeway construction should be limited to eliminating traffic choke points, not expanding the freeway system. I prefer to build more rail lines, but they take a while to build.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #1913
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Sound Transit Photo of the Week



Smooth all the way

Link operator Tom Jones takes a light rail vehicle on a test run this week over the elevated trackway near I-5. Testing began this week from the Tukwila International Blvd Station all the way through the Rainier Valley. Trains will begin carrying passengers in the summer of 2009.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #1914
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Smooth all the way

Link operator Tom Jones takes a light rail vehicle on a test run this week over the elevated trackway near I-5. Testing began this week from the Tukwila International Blvd Station all the way through the Rainier Valley. Trains will begin carrying passengers in the summer of 2009.
Is that the SR518 section from the airport?
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Old August 17th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #1915
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Is that the SR518 section from the airport?
Thats along I-5 right by the 405 turn-off
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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:47 PM   #1916
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Ride the Lunch Bus

Take a guided tour of Link light rail construction on Sound Transit's Lunch Bus. Tour the Link light rail initial segment followed by lunch at a local eating establishment. You are responsible for buying your own lunch. Tours depart and return at the southwest corner of 5th Ave S & S King Street in the International District. Tours depart at 11:30 a.m. sharp and return by 3 p.m.

Next tour: Friday, September 19, 2008

SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and Airport

To RSVP or for more information please contact Wilbert Santos at 206-398-5300 or via e-mail: [email protected]
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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #1917
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Thats along I-5 right by the 405 turn-off
It looks to me like that has got to be going down towards I-5 along SR518. Along I-5 it mainly runs at grade along the freeway, along SR518 it's elevated all the way. Another cue is that I-5 has HOV lanes where it runs parallel to the LRT line, SR518 has none, and the last time I drove it there was some construction on the eastbound lanes matching the photo.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 05:32 AM   #1918
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Something still has to be done about the concrete. The rail overpasses aren't even in service yet and it already looks old.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 01:26 AM   #1919
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http://www.komonews.com/news/29304324.html

Read the comments. Sickens me.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 07:55 AM   #1920
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gawd sorry for our southern neighbours
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