The first mass transit service in Seattle began in 1858, with the birth of the mosquito fleet of foot ferries. This steam-powered ferry had service from Alki Point – then known as New York Alki – to present day Pioneer Square – then known as Duwamps. Must have been a short trip, Harbor Island wouldn’t exist for another 51 years. Link is opening 151 years later, in less than two months. Amazing, right?
1958 was also the first year that the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, aka Metro, was on the ballot. At the time it would not have included Seattle, and suburban voters rejected mass transit, but approved waste water treatment. Metro transit was finally created in 1973.
Videos of link testing below the fold.
Here’s one by Eric, taken with his phone, so it’s a little shaky. I can’t take videos that well with my camera; Eric is good at this. Look how close to the platform the trains are. Great job, Sound Transit! No gap to mind here.
Another Eric Video. This is going to be the day-to-day activity in the tunnel for the next seven years or so:
Here’s one by the Seattle Times.
Metro has a video here.