This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
Speaking of ST videos, here’s one of the tunnel boring machine breaking through Beacon Hill. That means one of the two tunnels through the hill is completed. now they have to go back and do the matching, southbound tunnel.
Just to put this in perspective, at 4,300 feet, the Beacon Hill tunnel is just under one mile. For the proposed North Link, we’re looking at a tunnel roughly six miles long, extending from the Convention Center, through Capitol HIll and the U District, and emerging somewhere around NE 75th St and I-5.
Beacon Hill is the easy part.
On the other hand, Northgate to downtown in 13 minutes? That’s pretty sweet. Imagine shopping downtown on a Saturday and having the nice clerk at The Gap say, “well, we’re all out of that size, but we’ve got a few left in our Northgate location.” You walk 2 blocks to the Metro tunnel downtown, and 15 minutes later, boom you’re at Northgate Mall. Pretty slick.
Personally, this solves my own issue with the lack of a real electronics store downtown. Why is that, anyway? Downtown condo-dwellers don’t buy stereos or flat-screen TVs? C’mon!