As many of you no doubt know, this morning Sound Transit offered many members of the press an end-to-end ride on Link Light Rail. STB was there in force.
The multimedia will have to wait, but here are some random observations:
- Mayor Nickels was positively giddy to ride the train. I detected something beyond the standard excitement at a good photo-op in an election year.
- From my home in Columbia City, it took 45 minutes(!) to get to Westlake on the 42, but only 15 minutes to return on Link.
- As Andrew has pointed out in the past, it’s a looooong way from Rainier Beach to Tukwila. A stop at Boeing Access Road would really break that up nicely.
[UPDATE: Brian has posted his photos here.]
And now for a sampling of reactions from other media outlets:
Andrew Villenueve at the NPI liveblogged and has all the details.
Dominic Holden on the Slog takes a measured stance. God bless him, I agree.
Seattle Times. Ben and I are in the first clip, and Eric is in the second one.
KOMO News: (H/T: Burien Ben)