发信人: hispeed (高速), 信区: Seattle
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发信站: The unknown SPACE (Fri Nov 19 14:55:40 1999) WWW-POST
Board approves light-rail route
Reported by Arturo Santiago
SEATTLE, November 19 – A 21-mile light rail transit route from the
University District through the downtown area and Tukwila to Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport has been approved.
THE UNANIMOUS VOTE Thursday by the three-county Sound Transit Board
clears the way for the project to qualify for $500 million in federal aid
through 2003, said Dave Earling of Edmonds, chairman of the agency’s
government relations committee.
“Today’s a milestone. After 50-years of talking about mass transit we
are finally taking action,” said Greg Nickel, Sound Transit Board.
The light rail project is the centerpiece of a transit system that was
approved in 1996 by voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Other
components include commuter rail links between Tacoma and Everett and
improved bus service throughout the area.
The track will start in South SeaTac and follow Highway 99 past the
airport. It crosses I-5 and from the Boeing Access Road heads north up the
Rainier Valley. From there, the tracks will tunnel through Beacon Hill and
again through downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill, and finally north to the
Residents in the Rainier Valley wanted the light rail to be underground,
but to stay within their budget, the board chose to keep it on the surface.
“This is totally unacceptable for our community. You are making a swath
down our community,” said light-rail opponent Angela Ford.
Back in February, the City of Seattle offered more than $50 million to
improve the neighborhood along Martin Luther King Way, if the light rail plan
“We’ll see you in federal court,” said George Curtis, a representative
of the Rainier Valley group.
Building the tracks at street level, an alternative the board chose to
stay within the $1.86 billion budget, would force motorists, pedestrians,
bicyclists and people in wheelchairs to go blocks out of their way to cross
an already busy street, Curtis and others said.
In another disagreement, the board agreed as a compromise to study a
potential alternative route through Tukwila along Washington 599, Interstate
5 and Washington 518, closer to the Southcenter Shopping Center.
Tukwila Mayor Wally Rants said he accepted the deal “with a heavy
heart” but was “pleased that the I-5 option has been recognized as a strong
and viable alternative.” The board gave preliminary approval to largely the
same route in February.
The last section to Northgate is approved, but the board just doesn’t
have the money to pay for it yet.
“I think it’s most unfortunate. I was actually looking forward to it,”
said Seattle resident Kathleen Dobie.
There is not much parking available in the U-District, which is what
makes the link to Northgate so important to the project.
As of now, the University District will be the northernmost station. The
principal change was that in the city’s north end, the board “will actively
seek” funds to extend the line from the University District to the Northgate
Transit Center by 2006, the target date for completing the first phase of
The 3-mile Northgate extension is estimated to cost $415 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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