It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but there is no shortage of memorable moments to reflect on in 2022.
As we head into the holidays and the new year, we at The Platform invite you to look back on the past 12 months.
This year marked a few milestones for Sound Transit:
But the best part was seeing so many people return to transit as we continue our post-COVID 19 return to normalcy. This was highlighted by one of our highest days of ridership ever: over 107,000 boardings on July 21, 2022.
We built bridges: for
future Link trains to cross I-5 in Mountlake Terrace, for kids to get to school on the Eastside and for pedestrians and cyclists to travel around Redmond.
We continued the strong tradition of women in leadership at Sound Transit, first
welcoming Brooke Belman as acting CEO in the spring, and Julie Timm as our new CEO this fall.
We celebrated the
one year anniversary of opening the 1 Line stations that connected more people to more places in our region, and gave a transparent update about the Link projects currently under construction.
Despite this less than stellar news and under the shadow of the recent 'tripledemic,' we look ahead with optimism and hope.
We've had our share of ups and downs in 2022, but here's to a brighter, more connected 2023 as
new stations open to the Hilltop and Stadium neighborhoods in Tacoma and we continue progress to open to the Eastside, Lynnwood and Federal Way in the years to come. Looking back at 2022, a year in photos
In January, we went to Tacoma to check out the progress on the T Line extension, and grabbed this shot of a mural in the Hilltop neighborhood. Trains will be running right by this art piece soon!
In February, we checked out the work along the Lynnwood Link Extension, including this bridge under construction near Mountlake Terrace. This project made so much progress this year.
Live wire train testing began along the East Link Extension, including at the Bellevue Downtown Station, in February.
Sounders fans geared up for the start of the season in February. It was a memorable year for the team, as they won the Concacaf Champions League crown - the first MLS team to do so.
In March, we hosted one of our first in-person open houses in a while for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project.
Sound Transit staff celebrated Earth Month in April by volunteering at the Danny Woo International District Community Garden.
In May, workers installed art by Beliz Brother at Mercer Island Station.
Also in May, we visited job sites along the Federal Way Link Extension and met with some of the apprentices working on the project. Apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn and get started in a career in the construction trades.
In June, we raised the Pride flag outside our Union Station headquarters.
In July, we celebrated bus lane improvements for Stride BRT along 522 in Bothell.
And later in July, we went down to Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood to check out the art being installed at the new stations. Also on site was artist Kenji Stoll.
In August, we announced that Fare Ambassadors were here to stay, following a successful pilot program.
Also in August, we got some fresh pics of Downtown Redmond Link Extension construction, including this shot of workers at the new pedestrian bridge.
Also in August, the first two of 11 new cars for the Sounder S Line arrived in Seattle. All the cars were manufactured by Alstom (formerly Bombardier, which was acquired in 2021).
In September, we celebrated the grand opening of Cedar Crossing, an affordable transit-oriented development next to Roosevelt Station.
And at the end of September, we hosted events at each of the new 1 Line stations to celebrate their first anniversary of service.
In October, the final girder was placed near the tie in at Angle Lake Station in SeaTac for the Federal Way Link Extension project.
Also in October, fans celebrated a historic year for our beloved Mariners. After a decade of rebuilding, the team finally broke through and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
In November, new end-of-line cleaning crews started work. Remember, passengers can always text the Security Desk if they see anything amiss on board or at your station: 206-398-5268.
Also in November, the fifth train needed for the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension was delivered.
In December, Pierce County's Specialized Recreation program hosted Santa on Sounder - taking a group of about 80 participants on the S Line with the jolly man from Puyallup to Seattle and back.
As we look ahead to the new year, let's remember to carry these uplifting moments with us and strive to make a positive impact in our own lives and the world around us.
Here's to a bright and prosperous 2023!
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