Bus rapid transit topic of forum on March 12

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A panel of international transportation experts will discuss how bus rapid transit is - or isn't - working around the world at a informational forum sponsored by Sound Transit from 4 - 7 p.m., March 12, in the Union Station Boardroom, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle. The forum - which is part of Sound Transit's continuing mission to study the feasibility of long-term regional transportation alternatives - will discuss the issues, challenges, successes and failures of bus rapid transit systems in the nation and around the world.

Moderated by Scott Rutherford, professor of civil engineering at the University of Washington, invited experts include Ken Gosselin, P.E., director of the McCormick Rankin Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Samuel L. Zimmerman, principal for transportation planning, Daniel, Mann, Johnson, Mendenhall & Harris, Arlington, VA. The forum will also feature invited representatives from Community Transit, Eastside Transportation Partnership, King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Seattle Strategic Planning Office and the Washington state Department of Transportation.

Voter-approved in 1996, Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county regional transit system plan known as Sound Move. Sound Move is a seamless blend of three transportation systems: Sounder commuter rail, running 82 miles from Everett to Tacoma/Lakewood; Link light rail, a 21-mile system connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac and a 1.6 mile system in Tacoma; and Regional Express, featuring 18 new ST Express limited stop, long-haul bus routes and numerous improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes.

For more information on Sound Move, please visit the Sound Transit website at www.soundtransit.or /, or call or write for more information at Sound Transit, Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 398-5000 or 1-800-201-4900.

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