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Seattle 2035
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035

The Capitol Hill light rail site under construction.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

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.

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Light Rail
7:48 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha

The machine Sound Transit is using to dig a light-rail tunnel from Northgate to the University of Washington in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in mid-June.

No, it's not Bertha. It's Brenda.

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Light Rail
9:22 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction

The Annapurna Cafe, where the sidewalk ends on Broadway
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Correction 1/15/2013: This story has been changed to reflect that construction has  eliminated a center turn lane, not reduced the lanes from four to two as originally stated.

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.

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.

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News
4:35 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Advocates Call For Plaza Above Brooklyn Light Rail Station

Peter Steinbrueck and Cory Crocker show model of proposed plaza to UW Board of Regents.
Credit Amy Radil

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.

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Suburban Transit
12:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic

The Bellevue Downtown Association hosted a forum for three City Council seats on the November ballot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.

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 “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.

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Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Eastside Light Rail Moves Forward After Court Challenge

Computer simulation of light rail trains on the Interstate 90 floating bridge over Lake Washington. The Eastside light rail project is expected to be completed by 2023.
Credit Sound Transit

A plan to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 floating bridge can move forward.

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.

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Building More Transit
4:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion

A streetcar in South Lake Union.
Flickr Photo/Kosmosxipo

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 the existing streetcar route in  South Lake Union, and the one under construction that will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and Pioneer Square.

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Transportation
11:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines

Guests fill the main waiting room of the King Street Station during a reopening April 24, 2013. The historic waiting room at Seattle's King Street rail station has been restored to look exactly as it did when it opened in 1906 with its ornamental plaster ceiling, Corinthian columns, mosaic floor tiles and a massive bronze chandelier.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Tomorrow is Amtrak’s National Train Day, a holiday that was started back in 2008 to celebrate US passenger trains. Here in Seattle, the King Street station was recently renovated 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.

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 Jon Talton.

How We Get Around
6:53 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Sound Transit: Ridership Has Reached Record Levels

Sounder Commuter Train at Everett Station
Flickr/Sillygwailo

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.

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