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For the event’s location and directions, Click Here.
Officials from Sound Transit, the City of Tacoma, and the Transportation Choices Coalition are holding a public forum on Friday, July 23rd to discuss the future of Tacoma Link, expansion plans for Tacoma Link, and streetcars in general. Various officials will be present to answer any and all questions.
What: Tacoma Streetcar Friday Forum When: Friday, July 23, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Where: University of Washington Tacoma, Garretson Woodruff Pratt Building, Tacoma Room (Room 320)
The East Link project expands light rail from Downtown Seattle to Mercer Island, downtown Bellevue, and the Overlake Transit Center with stations serving Mercer Island, South Bellevue, downtown Bellevue, Bel-Red and Overlake areas. For those interested, Sound Transit will be holding the following public meetings in July: Continue reading “East Link: July Public Meeting Schedule”
Sound Transit and the City of Seattle will be holding an open house at Seattle’s Hong Kong Building at the Summer Festival on Saturday, July 10th to discuss recent developments and the next steps involved with constructing the First Hill Streetcar line connecting the Capitol Hill and International District LINK Light Rail stations.
The Seattle City Council has approved the First Hill Streetcar with a segment along Jackson St. through the Chinatown/International District neighborhood.
The latest visualizations for the Jackson St. portion of the route will be on display at the open house for viewing and commenting by the public. City representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding this portion of the route as well as the line in general.
WHEN / WHERE
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 10th Hong Kong Building
511B Maynard Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98104 For directions click here.
Sound Transit is reporting that their nighttime rail grinding project in Tukwila has been extended through tonight (01JUL).
From 10PM to 1AM Link will operate every 20-25 minutes instead of the normal 10-15 minutes. Additional signage will be posted directing passengers at affected stations if any station platforms are closed due to this work.
Starting on Monday, June 28 and lasting until Wednesday, June 30, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. each night, Central Link light rail will operate every 20-25 minutes instead of every 10-15 minutes due to track maintenance.
The work will also temporarily close one platform at Columbia City Station Monday night from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Riders boarding at Columbia City may be directed to the opposite platform.
According to Mai Ling of Maple Leaf Life, Sound Transit unveiled an alternative to the North Link light rail line extension at the recent public meeting at Roosevelt High School:
University Link Deputy Project Director Ron Endlich introduced a new proposal to keep the light rail line underneath Interstate 5 farther than the current proposal, which has the trains beginning their rise to freeway level starting at Northeast 75th Street. Under the new proposal, they would rise above ground en route to the Northgate station starting at Northeast 85th Street…
“This will improve our overall construction schedule,” Endlich said. “We believe it will also have a lower net cost to taxpayers under this approach.”… According to a flier from the meeting, the proposal is expected to save $5 million to $10 million.
Sound Transit and the City of Seattle will be holding an open house at Seattle’s First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 26th to discuss recent developments and the next steps involved with constructing the First Hill Streetcar line connecting the Capitol Hill and International District LINK Light Rail stations.
The Seattle City Council has approved the route for the Capitol Hill and First Hill segments and will have new design concepts for Broadway available for viewing as well as guests involved with the project who will be available to answer questions.
In addition, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle will have an information booth set up at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Saturday, June 26th.
WHEN / WHERE
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 26 , Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 For directions click here.
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Saturday, June 26 Capitol Hill Pride Festival
Booth #69 located at the intersection of Broadway at John St.
Update 1:20PM: I spoke with the folks at the Seattle Streetcar re: wonky station names and they replied that they have been monitoring the station name discussion on this blog. When they get to the point where the station locations are fixed, they will try to make the station names as obvious as possible to help guide people and avoid confusion. Furthermore they are open to suggestions.
June 16 , 2010
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Roosevelt High School Commons
1410 NE 66th St., Seattle
Light rail is coming to North Seattle
Sound Transit is hosting a meeting to kick off final design of the North Link light rail project. North Link is a 4.3-mile extension to the regional light rail system with stations at Brooklyn (University District), Roosevelt and Northgate.
At the meeting you will:
Find out how to get involved in the final design process
Review engineering drawings and recommendations
Talk about next steps
Please join us from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Your participation is important.
For more information
Contact Keith Hall via e-mail or at 206-398-5468
See my previous post on the topic. Full press release (including stops for the free bus shuttle) below:
Central Link light rail will not operate between Westlake and SODO stations all day Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, due to Safety System testing in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel as well as modifications to the OCS wires at Stadium Station.
Sound Transit will run a free bus shuttle between SODO Station and Westlake all weekend. The free shuttle will be marked King County Metro Route 97 and will stop at the following locations:
Beginning Saturday, Community Transit implements a broad package of service cuts including frequency reductions and the complete cessation of Sunday and Holiday service in order to help save $16 million over the next two years.
Between 2008-2013, Community Transit estimates it will have lost as much as $180 million in anticipated sales tax revenues due to the recession. Aside from the service cuts, the agency raised local bus fares on June 1 to help bring in additional revenue.
According to Community Transit, they plan on restoring the suspended Sunday and holiday service as soon as funding is available. The agency is exploring new state and federal funding to allow for service restoration before the economy recovers. From the press release:
Bus riders are being advised to make their own transportation plans for Sundays, or call the North Sound 2-1-1 social services hotline for assistance. Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit will continue to operate on Sundays.
The Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) is a volunteer organization within Metro that is responsible for Metro Transit’s historic fleet of Trolleybuses and Motorcoaches. MEHVA will be operating a Seattle Trolleybus tour on Sunday, June 13th at 11AM.
With the future of our Electric Trolley Bus (ETB) system in doubt, this may be one of the last times that one may enjoy riding in Metro’s Historic ETB fleet.
What: Enjoy an unhurried 4-hour tour of city’s unique trolley bus system. Our restored trackless trolley buses will take you from Seattle’s hectic downtown to several fine old neighborhoods throughout the city. Tour stops for photos and lunch. Trackless trolleys depart at 11 a.m.
When: Sunday, June 13th, 11 AM
Where: Tour departs from 2nd Ave S. & S. Main Street
Central Link light rail will not operate between Westlake and SODO stations all day Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, due to engineering work in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.
According to Bruce Gray at Sound Transit, Metro/Sound Transit are updating the fire/life/safety system software and running it through comprehensive testing as requested by Seattle Fire Department. SoundTransit is also raising the OCS wires by about a foot from Stadium to Royal Brougham. They were lowered during the WSDOT work on their new ramp.
Sound Transit will run a free bus shuttle between SODO Station and Westlake all weekend.
The shuttle will run every 5-7 minutes during normal Link hours.
Additionally, all King County Metro and ST Express buses that normally operate in the tunnel will also be rerouted to surface streets.
Link light rail will operate every 10 minutes between SeaTac/Airport and SODO stations on Saturday, June 12 from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. and every 10 minutes on Sunday, June 13, from 6 a.m. to midnight.
King County data workshop
Tuesday, June 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Please join us for our first county-wide open data workshop. Though we’ve released data in machine readable formats for years, we are now working on a project to centralize and expand that work. Before we get too far into the project though, we want to talk with interested developers. What data do you want to work with? How do you want to partner with King County?