- Sound Transit is getting some of its U-Link money as part of the Federal Stimulus bill’s New Starts grants. $44 million of the $813 mn total will show up now instead of about this time next year. Good stuff! Full list of stimulus funded New Starts here.
- Sound Transit has a transit savings calculator, illustrating with hard numbers what you could save riding transit. I talked to Komo about how much I save (it’s $880 a year, not a month, but I’m saving more by ditching one of my cars soon.)
- I chatted with Goldy from HA about the Viaduct, Light Rail and Metro bus hours (among other topics) on Tuesday. You can listen here.
- The fine for fare violation on Link could be $124. Make sure tap your Orca in!
In 1971, Amtrak began operations as the US’s intercity passenger rail service provider. President Nixon created Amtrak out of the remains of the few local and national providers left, and secretly Nixon had planned on shutting Amtrak down within a few years. Its future looks fairly bright today. 1971 was a dark time for Seattle as well.