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Better Light Rail, Faster
Better Light Rail, Faster
Thousands of People Said They Wanted New Light Rail Lines FasterAnd Now Sound Transit Has a Bigger, Better ST3 Plan
by Heidi Groover
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Two months ago, Sound Transit unveiled its most ambitious light rail package ever: $50 billion, 58 new miles of rail, long-awaited new lines in the city to Ballard and West Seattle. But as the agency took its plan out to the public for feedback, one factor was undermining even the most enthusiastic light rail supporters’ excitement about the package, known as Sound Transit 3: It was going to take too damn long. Light rail wouldn’t reach Ballard until 2038 or Everett until 2041.
In 35,000 responses to an online survey and thousands more e-mails and letters, “the message we heard was simply ‘build light rail faster,'” Sound Transit board chair and King County executive Dow Constantine said recently.
So the agency is back with an improved version of ST3 that officials say will deliver light rail faster for the same annual cost to taxpayers. Citing a new financial analysis, Sound Transit is promising to borrow more money sooner, allowing it to shave years off some of the project timelines. The changes add $4 billion to the package and they improve timelines, add stations, and make an important change to Seattle’s Ballard line. The highlights:
A line to West Seattle would come online in 2030 instead of 2033, and the line to Ballard would be finished by 2035 instead of 2038.
Instead of building light rail to Ballard alongside traffic on 15th Avenue, the agency would elevate the line through that area. That change would make that line more reliable and add about $150 million to the package. (Some want to go even further and build a pricey tunnel under Salmon Bay for this line, but the agency shows little appetite for that.)
Stations at Graham Street in South Seattle and Boeing Access Road in Tukwila would be done in 2031 instead of 2036.
The agency would build a new station at 130th Street in North Seattle after finishing light rail to Northgate, which is currently under construction. This is a big win for advocates in North Seattle, including new Council Member Debora Juarez, who represents North Seattle and has been adamant about this station. Juarez called the news “a giant step forward.”
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