Sound Transit

Crime
2:41 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves

Thieves stole nearly 4.5 miles of copper wire from underneath light rail line in 2010 and 2011.
Paula Wissel

A jury has found two men guilty of stealing 4.3 miles of copper wiring from Sound Transit's Light Rail System in Seattle. It’s believed to be the largest theft of metal in Washington State.

Apparently, the thieves undoing was a popular energy drink.

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Science
11:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UW Labs May Move To Avoid Interference From Magnetic Light Rail Trains

Even 100 feet underground, a train can be a headache for scientists that rely on sensitive equipment.
Flickr

For engineers that use sensitive equipment like electron microscopes, a train is a big, moving, magnetic nightmare.

That’s why Sound Transit and the University of Washington are hashing out a deal that would give the university $43 million to move some of its labs across campus, away from a new light rail line in the works set to run beneath them.

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transportation
12:02 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

State Supreme Court: Light Rail OK on I-90 Bridge

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Lee LeFever Flickr

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state can go ahead with plans to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 bridge over Lake Washington.

In a ruling Thursday, the justices agreed with a Kittitas County Superior Court judge that an agreement between the Washington Department of Transportation and Sound Transit does not violate the state constitution.

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Light Rail expansion
5:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension

City of Tacoma

Tacoma is on the brink of more than doubling the length of its Sound Transit Link Light Rail line.

Under a plan just recommended by the Tacoma City Council, the current starter line between the Tacoma Dome and the city's downtown would extend north into the Hilltop neighborhood. 

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Public Transit
11:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger

The Sounder commuter train idle at the Everett Station.
sillygwailo Flickr

It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.

The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.

The Seattle Times reports taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip. 

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Transportation
5:40 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Local manufacturer will help build Seattle's second streetcar line

New streetcars for a line through Seattle's First Hill neighborhood will be built by the same company that manufactured cars for the South Lake Union line (shown), with help from a Seattle-based partner.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seattle has selected a contractor to build its new fleet of streetcars. The city is gearing up to start construction of a route through First Hill. 

Officials say it could be the beginning of many more streetcar possibilities.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray drops a ceremonial bottle of "champagne" from a zip line to be smashed against a tunnel boring machine several stories below at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

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Light Rail
6:14 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Sound Transit's giant tunnel machine nearly finished

This tunnel boring machine, under assembly in Tacoma, will dig Sound Transit's tunnel through Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

The giant digging machines that will bore twin tunnels from Husky Stadium to Seattle’s Capitol Hill are being assembled at the Port of Tacoma. They're called Tunnel Boring Machines, and they vaguely resemble Apollo-era rockets, lying on their sides. 

And with their current paint-jobs, sporting Sound Transit's green and blue colors, they might be Lego toys, inflated to a surreal scale.

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