The Northgate Link Extension Is Great, But Voters Want More

A recent survey of Seattle voters finds widespread support for the continued expansion of the Link light rail system in Seattle.

October 3, 2021, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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After Seattle opened its new Northgate Link light rail extension on Saturday, advocates are rallying support for a much larger expansion program, citing public support for the idea identified in a recent Change Research poll of Seattle voters.

According to an article on the Seattle Transit Blog, the survey found 76 percent of voters would support a new transit funding measure to expand Link light rail. Of that total, 48 percent strongly support such a measure.

"The evidence confirms what many of us have known for years: Seattle needs a citywide plan for high quality rail expansion and, though ST3 is a start, the system we’ll have once ST3 is done is a long way from 'done' for Seattle," according to the article.

The article lists a lack of political will for funding from the state among the obstacles to an ambitious Link expansion plan.

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