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Midweek Roundup – Open Thread 49

Seattle Transit Blog 5/16 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Link Extension Countdown: Lynnwood Link (August 30). What to expect (Sound Transit). Transit Updates: Community Transit boasts 50,355 boardings on Swift Orange Line during its first month of service . Service started on March 30. The World is...

Two Trailhead Direct Routes Start May 25

Seattle Transit Blog 5/15 1:00A Nathan Dickey
King County Metro has announced that the 2024 season of Trailhead Direct service starts on May 25, operating weekends and federal holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day) through the...

Video: Cascadia HSR

Seattle Transit Blog 5/14 1:00A Nathan Dickey
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced grant funding for planning and development of high speed rail (HSR) in several corridors across the USA . Lucid Stew, a YouTube channel dedicated to HSR in the USA, is doing a series of...

9th Annual Affordable Housing Week Starts Today

Seattle Transit Blog 5/13 1:00A Nathan Dickey
The Affordable Housing Consortium (HDC), whose membership encompasses all of the major nonprofit housing developers in King County, as well as local housing authorities, financial institutions,...

East Link Lake Crossing Update

Seattle Transit Blog 5/12 1:00A Nathan Dickey
On May 9, Sound Transit s System Expansion Committee received a progress update (pdf) on the yet-to-be-opened portion of East Link, currently operating as the abbreviated 2 Line between South Bellevue...

Open Thread 48

Seattle Transit Blog 5/11 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Link Extension Countdown: Lynnwood Link (August 30). What to expect (Sound Transit). Transit Updates: Sound Transit reports that the 2 Line logged 35,000 boardings on its opening day. The Seattle Times ($), compares it to other opening days. Jon...

Metro restoring service to 6 DART routes

Seattle Transit Blog 5/10 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Dial-A-Ride Transit (Courtesy of King County Metro) On May 13, Metro will restore 79 weekday trips to 6 Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) service routes . DART routes provide a combination of a fixed...

Federal Way Link Restructure Ideas

Seattle Transit Blog 5/9 4:00A Alex Kvenvolden
Light Rail tracks meet shopping carts at a parking lot in Federal Way. Photo by author. Having grown up in south King County car-free through college and beyond, the Federal Way Link Extension (also known as the South Link extension) will bring a...

Link Ridership: March 2024

Seattle Transit Blog 5/8 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Sound Transit ridership data for March 2024 was released earlier this week , with Link ridership jumping 25% from February to a total of 2.61 million boardings, making March 2024 the second-highest...

Spring 2024 Link Disruption

Seattle Transit Blog 5/7 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Courtesy of Sound Transit Over the course of about six weeks (May 7 to June 25), Sound Transit will complete five projects in preparation for service expansions and to maintain state-of-good-repair...

2024 Transportation Levy

Seattle Transit Blog 5/6 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Courtesy of the Office of the Mayor For the past 18 years, the Seattle Department of Transportation has relied on a supplemental property tax levy to provide funding for improvements to Seattle s...

Observations from the 2 Line’s regular weekday rhythm

Seattle Transit Blog 5/1 2:27A Sherwin Lee
View of downtown Bellevue skyline, crossing I-405 Link s 2 Line had a blockbuster opening last weekend, drawing huge crowds and crush-loads that may not be seen again for some time. On Monday morning,...

Open Thread 47

Seattle Transit Blog 4/30 12:00A Nathan Dickey
Link Extension Countdown: Lynnwood Link (August 30). What to expect . Transit Updates: In case you missed it , the 2 Line Starter Line started service on April 27, to much fanfare. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), an...

Thoughts on the Starter Line

Seattle Transit Blog 4/28 9:22A Mike Orr
The Link 2 Line opened yesterday with eight new stations on the Eastside from South Bellevue to Redmond Technology. Mike Lindblom and David Kroman in the Seattle Times have extensive coverage of the ceremony, ride experiences, and community...

Eastside Starter Line Starts Tomorrow

Seattle Transit Blog 4/26 2:44A Mike Orr
After decades of ideation, deliberation, and planning, the Eastside finally gets modern rapid transit tomorrow, when the East Link 2 Line opens for service. But tomorrow s opening is really to whet...
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