Sound Transit plans light rail for West Seattle and other areas

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

As construction crews hammer away on new light rail routes to the University District, Sound Transit is working on its long range plan in several areas, including West Seattle.

"This is posing the question, where do we go when that's completed?" says Geoff Patrick, spokesperson for Sound Transit.

He showed us some "extremely preliminary" routes from downtown through West Seattle. They include a route from downtown, through the Alaska Junction to Burien. Another down Del Ridge Way SW, and another heading through South Park.

By exploring these options, Sound Transit is trying to plan long term.

"What the ridership might be, what the cost might be, how long a train or a bus might take to cover that distance," said Patrick.

The owner of Husky Deli, in West Seattle, whose customers come from across town, says a light rail route is needed now.

"The [West Seattle] bridge is too small. The bus is full, and they're talking of cutting down on buses," said Jack Miller. "I wish it was here already, we need it. We need it more and more."

Sound Transit also looking at routes in other areas like Lynnwood to Everett, Ballard to downtown Seattle, Federal Way to Tacoma, and South King county.

But Patrick warns patience is needed. Any plans now wouldn't come to fruition until 2030. They'll be asking for public input on routes starting in July 2014.


 

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