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Tag Archives: Transportation

Where should Sound Transit put Link’s South Maintenance Base? There’s an obvious answer

Excerpt: With a sixty acre former landfill site available, there's no need to tear down homes, businesses, and churches for the agency's new train yard.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee + Premier Horgan push back against Tim Eyman, call for high speed rail

Excerpt: The leaders of Washington State and British Columbia say we should build on the success of Amtrak Cascades, not destroy it, as Tim Eyman wants to do.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit: Tim Eyman’s I-976 would wipe out nearly $7 billion in revenue through 2041

Excerpt: "If enacted, the initiative would divert a significant amount of tax revenues away from implementing voter-approved transit projects.," the agency says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County residents want more transit, but there would be less under Tim Eyman’s I-976

Excerpt: I-976 is a recipe for horrific highway gridlock, derelict roads, and stranded travelers. Think traffic is bad now? I-976 would make it much worse.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Safety First! New WSDOT video explains how SR 99 tunnel is designed to withstand quakes

Excerpt: In the event of a large earthquake, the new SR 99 tunnel will be by far the safest place to be, according to seismic experts. Learn why.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A great day for Sound Transit: Hilltop Link breaks ground; Lynnwood Link gets funded

Excerpt: Puget Sound's Regional Transportation Authority has secured two big wins heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit gets serious about permanently fixing its problematic station escalators

Excerpt: The main lesson here is that it pays to invest in well engineered, carefully thought out stations instead of trying to save a few bucks here and there on things like escalators -- especially to appease naysayers who will never be happy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Excavation of East Link’s downtown Bellevue tunnel is done, five months ahead of schedule

Excerpt: The new tunnel, which will carry trains underneath the city center, is approximately one third of a mile long (1,985 linear feet, to be specific).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman restarts his war on Sound Transit — this time, he claims, with seed money

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman declared this morning that he's ready to have another go at whacking Sound Transit and WSDOT's Amtrak Cascades, claiming that he now has $500,000 with which to launch a signature drive for Initiative 976.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thoughtful planning will help Sound Transit’s Ballard, West Seattle Link projects succeed

Excerpt: Today, Sound Transit is concluding the comment period for the first phase of early scoping on the voter-approved Ballard and West Seattle Link light rail extensions. Read the comments that NPI submitted to Sound Transit regarding issues we believe should be studied as part of the planning for each extension.
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Stick a fork in it, it’s done: Tim Eyman’s latest initiative to gut Sound Transit fails to qualify

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's losing streak keeps getting longer.... and that's a very good thing for the people of Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Amtrak Cascades 501 derails onto Interstate 5 at Mounts Road; several passengers killed

Excerpt: A horrific scene is unfolding in Pierce County, where the first Amtrak Cascades train in revenue service on the new Point Defiance bypass has been wrecked.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Stadium opponent Tim Eyman goes to Texans-Seahawks game, brags about his great seats

Excerpt: Yesterday, the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans played a topsy-turvy, thrilling bout of gridiron at CenturyLink Field, with the Seahawks ultimately prevailing 41-38 after coming from behind to overtake the Texans in the final seconds. The game is likely to go down in Seahawks lore as one of the team’s most memorable victories, and will […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit keeps moving forward despite attacks from Tim Eyman, right wing talk radio

Excerpt: Sound Transit's staff and board are doing their best to speed up the successor ST3 projects approved last year to liberate even more communities from lack of mobility options, but those efforts will be for naught if Eyman and company succeed in their sinister quest to cripple Sound Transit. That's why NPI is working to ensure Eyman's ill-conceived I-947 gets the vigorous opposition that it deserves.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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