Choosing final route for Central Link light rail to be discussed at six upcoming community forums

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Next month Sound Transit's Central Link light rail becomes one step closer to reality with the release of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The draft EIS evaluates the benefits, impacts and costs of the 24-mile Link light rail system, and it begins the public decision-making process that will eventually select the final route that will connect the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Seattle.

To help people learn more about the draft EIS process and the entire Link light rail system, Sound Transit - the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - is hosting a series of community forums to share the latest information on projected ridership, costs and environmental issues and to describe how you can participate and help make decisions on routes, stations and other key issues.

    Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. 
    Arctic Building, Dome Room 
    700 Third Ave. 
    Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
    Tukwila Community Center 
    12424 - 42nd Ave. S. 
    Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
    SeaTac Fire Station #1 Auditorium 
    2929 S. 200th St. 
    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
    University Heights Center 
    5031 University Way N.E. 
    Monday, Nov. 16, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
    Filipino Community Center 
    5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. 
    Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
    Plymouth Congregational Church 
    Sixth Ave. and University St. 

The draft EIS will be accompanied by a preliminary staff recommendation based on the analysis from the report. Release of the document starts a public comment period, leading to the Sound Transit Board identifying a preferred route and station locations, scheduled for Feb. 25, 1999. 

In addition to the Central Link light rail line, Sound Transit is developing the 1.6-mile Tacoma Link light rail line, 82 miles of Sounder commuter rail service between Everett and Lakewood and up to 20 new limited-stop Regional Express bus routes to serve the King, Pierce and Snohomish county region. 

For more information on Sound Move, please visit the Sound Transit Web site at You may also write or call for more information at Sound Transit, 1100 Second Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101-2423 (206) 398-5000. 

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