Light-Rail Efforts Continue In Seattle

The monorail might not be complete by 2009, but an impressive light-rail line could be.
February 13, 2006, 9am PST | David Gest
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"...Sound Transit's $2.4 billion Central Link light-rail line, [is] scheduled to arrive within three years, more or less, in downtown Seattle..."

"Tukwila is the start of nearly 14 miles of Link trackâ€"seven miles 'at grade,' or ground level, 4.4 miles elevated, 2.5 miles of tunnelsâ€"and 12 stations. While the popular, and free, 1.6-mile Tacoma Linkâ€"shortest light-rail line in North Americaâ€"is already in service, Seattle's Central Link will not be rolling until summer 2009."

How to fund the dramatic expansion? "The legality of the motor vehicle excise tax is still tied up in the state Supreme Court," and a loss could set the project back years for lack of funding.

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Published on Thursday, February 9, 2006 in Seattle Weekly
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