light rail http://kuow.org en Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035 http://kuow.org/post/imagining-capitol-hills-transit-future-2035 <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Frank Chiachiere, general manager and board member of the Seattle Transit blog, an advocacy group for more mass transit options, about why he thinks we need more density in our future. The two spoke at the light rail station under construction on Capitol Hill as part of KUOW's series on Seattle's comprehensive plan for 2035. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:17:57 +0000 Ross Reynolds 34027 at http://kuow.org Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035 Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha http://kuow.org/post/tunnel-machine-set-dig-under-seattle-its-not-bertha <p></p><p>A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in mid-June.</p><p>No, it's not Bertha. It's Brenda.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:48:19 +0000 John Ryan 33493 at http://kuow.org Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction http://kuow.org/post/businesses-worry-about-broadway-construction <p><em>Correction 1/15/2013: This story has been changed to reflect that construction has&nbsp; eliminated a center turn lane, not reduced the lanes from four to two as originally stated. </em></p><p><em>A previous version of this story also incorrectly said construction on all of the projects would take another three years. The current lane closures are scheduled to end in December, Sound Transit expects the Capitol Hill light rail station construction to be complete by spring 2015, and the First Hill streetcar is expected to be operating by the middle of 2014. Work on the First Hill streetcar started affecting Broadway in April of 2012. The story below has been corrected.</em></p><p>For many of us, years of light rail construction on Broadway has been a traffic headache. But some small business owners along Capitol Hill's main street worry that ongoing construction could force them to shut their doors. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 27008 at http://kuow.org Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction Advocates Call For Plaza Above Brooklyn Light Rail Station http://kuow.org/post/advocates-call-plaza-above-brooklyn-light-rail-station <p>A group called “U District Square” is asking the University of Washington to help create a European-style public plaza around the neighborhood’s future light rail station. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:35:20 +0000 Amy Radil 23874 at http://kuow.org Advocates Call For Plaza Above Brooklyn Light Rail Station Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic http://kuow.org/post/bellevue-city-council-candidates-wrestle-light-rail-traffic <p><em>Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter&rsquo;s position on light rail and differs from the audio.</em></p><p>Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like &ldquo;an airport terminal.&rdquo; They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:14:54 +0000 Amy Radil 21349 at http://kuow.org Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic Eastside Light Rail Moves Forward After Court Challenge http://kuow.org/post/eastside-light-rail-moves-forward-after-court-challenge <p>A plan to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 floating bridge can move forward.</p><p>In a 7-2 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court sided with Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation, and against Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman and others. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:41:18 +0000 Lisa Brooks 20242 at http://kuow.org Eastside Light Rail Moves Forward After Court Challenge New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion http://kuow.org/post/new-details-seattle-streetcar-expansion <p>New streetcars might be running through downtown Seattle in a few years, under a plan announced Monday by Mayor Mike McGinn. The new route would be a link between <a href="http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/slu.htm">the existing streetcar route in&nbsp; South Lake Union</a>, and the <a href="http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm">one under construction that will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and Pioneer Square</a>. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 23:02:20 +0000 Derek Wang 14249 at http://kuow.org New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines http://kuow.org/post/national-train-day-update-northwest-rail-lines <p></p><p>Tomorrow is Amtrak’s National Train Day, a holiday that was started back in 2008 to celebrate US passenger trains. Here in Seattle, the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/kingstreetstationrenovation/">King Street station was recently renovated</a> with the help of funds from the federal government. But starting in October, the feds are cutting funding to Amtrak lines that are less than 750 miles long. The effects of the change will be felt here. Ross gets the details from Ron Pate of the state Transportation Department’s rail division.</p><p>We also hear from Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason about the Sounder Train and Light Rail projects. Plus, Ross talks trains with Seattle Times economics columnist <a href="http://www.roguecolumnist.com/">Jon Talton.</a> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:57:39 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12870 at http://kuow.org National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines Sound Transit: Ridership Has Reached Record Levels http://kuow.org/post/sound-transit-ridership-has-reached-record-levels <p>Sound Transit announced last Friday that its latest ridership numbers for 2012 shows an all-time high. The numbers surpass the agency’s goal for 2012.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:53:10 +0000 Derek Wang 7951 at http://kuow.org Sound Transit: Ridership Has Reached Record Levels