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  • Al S. on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI know it’s not going to change anything, but again ST is choosing to have no down escalators in Downtown Redmond. They really hate any riders who have trouble with stairs — forcing them to Wait for elevators which may not be working. At least SE Redmond has pedestrian crossings. It may seem unsafe — but since trains are stopping the train speeds will be pretty slow. Let’s hope they don’t add visual blockages so that drivers don’t see pedestrians — the situation at a few RV stations.
  • Railwatcher on The ST3 Sounder plan is still not very clearIt looks like creating a second main track from TR Jct. to the Portland Ave. bridge is already part of ST's plans for the Sounder South Capacity Expansion project. They received $6.7 millions of FHWA CMAQ funds for the project in the 2018 regional competition, to be used on PE/design & right of way. https://www.psrc.org/sites/default/files/tipfhwa2018-followupqa-soundtransitssounderexpansion.pdf
  • barman on A look at the Redmond Link stationsYou're missing an even more egregious oversight. Over time humans have gotten taller, take a tour of a medieval European castle and you'll know what I mean. At this trajectory by 2100 the average human will be over 12' tall and Sound Transit hasn't taken that into account AT ALL in their station design. By my calculations Link Light Rail will be completely unable by half the Seattle population in only a generation.
  • Tom on A look at the Redmond Link stationsIt’s a shame that all link stations were not constructed to accommodate 15 car train lengths. By 2059, ridership will likely warrant 10 to 12 car trains running every 2 minutes, around the clock.
  • Mike Orr on A look at the Redmond Link stationsPolitical and technical. ST mainly defers to what the subareas want, and the subareas defer to what their largest cities want.
  • Mike Orr on A look at the Redmond Link stationsA northern extension would cause a loop-de-loop?
  • Al S. on A look at the Redmond Link stationsThat whole USS constraint should have been discussed before the survey! To mention it only now is pretty disturbing. I’d also think that major revisions to every manual will be needed anyway because there will be many more new stations. I think more people are just frustrated with the management who doesn’t take sincere input and does what they want. The whole Red Line thing is another case in point — where ST took no input on using colors or picking colors then decided it needed to be changed after rolling it out. These are pretty major indicators that there...
  • jas on News roundup: designed to get your attentionCouldn't they have come up with another U-word than Union? There isn't even an entrance to the station on Union! i.e. Underground Symphony Station, Upcoming Symphony Station, Ugly Symphony Station, etc.
  • Jack on A look at the Redmond Link stationsRemember, the eastlink alignment is technical AND political.
  • jas on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI think I also remember, but don't quote me, that Redmond also wanted to connect the walking/biking trail and doing so at the same time as putting the tracks under 520 was convenient for them.
  • barman on A look at the Redmond Link stationsMore like, "Hey putting the station there doesn't really make sense now that we have to redesign the entire approach"... "Should we redesign the station then too? We've got 5 years until construction begins" ... "teehee no! don't be silly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • E O on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI think they’re going to go through a naming process like they did with a bunch of the other stations. Marymoor Park does seem like the best choice though. Anyone else here infuriated over the whole ‘Union Street / Symphony’ thing?
  • Christopher Cramer on A look at the Redmond Link stationsThat would explain a lot about the whole Link system, sadly.
  • Mike Orr on News roundup: designed to get your attentionThe Station Formerly Known As University Street is to be named Union Street/Symphony Station ($). Rogoff said it costs a fifth as much to change just the visible signs rather than also changing the internal acronym "RSS" that's built into software and staff procedures.
  • jas on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI don't know sammammish traffic, but I assume that buses get stuck in traffic getting off of the plateau, so maybe they should consider a gondola with one terminus at the SE Redmond station, seeing as the train will never be extended in that direction. Don't ask me where the terminus on top of the plateau should be though.
  • Tom Terrific on A look at the Redmond Link stationsIt's just an artistic "shell". It can be removed should there be a move toward a northern extension.
  • Sam on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI imagine the conversation at Sound Transit went like this ... "So boss, when Link gets to about the W Lake Sammamish Pkwy exit, we'll run it above Leary Way to downtown Redmond?" Boss: "What did I tell you, boy? Run Link next to freeways whenever possible. Even if it means we're going the wrong way. It's less thinking and work for us. We'll tell the public it was the only way to get to the Redmond TC or something."
  • Mike Orr on A look at the Redmond Link stationsThere has never been a final terminus before. All the others are stubs for planned extensions. And there hasn't been an aboverground terminus in a pedestrianizing downtown area before.
  • Ross M on A look at the Redmond Link stationsOn the contrary, given Kirkland's opposition to using their rail ROW for transit, this will likely be the only line that can be extended to Totem Lake, Bothell, and other points north.
  • Mike Orr on The ST3 Sounder plan is still not very clearFrequency compensates for speed to some extent. If you miss the bus or can't leave when it goes, you have to wait 25 minutes for the next bus, which extends your effective travel time by the same amount. People get more frustrated waiting that moving.
  • barman on A look at the Redmond Link stationslol another sad joke along east link, this whole route should be studied by planners in the future as how not to do things
  • Dan Ryan on A look at the Redmond Link stationsLong story. There were two paths into Redmond, from the west and from the east. The advantage of approaching from the east is that it allowed the line to extend to the Redmond TC. In the end, they didn't do that, but it was already quite far along and .. Josh Benaloh wrote a guest piece about this in 2017.
  • Christopher Cramer on A look at the Redmond Link stationsGiven the route (turning around and going west into Downtown Redmond), I don't think there's anywhere else to extend it to. This is the last station on this line, ever.
  • Donde Groovily on A look at the Redmond Link stationsPlease tell me that Southeast Redmond is not the final name of the station. It sure seems like the obvious name is Marymoor Park.
  • Christopher Cramer on A look at the Redmond Link stationsI don't understand the routing. Why does it go into Downtown Redmond from the east?