Sound Transit board selects "most promising" Link light rail routes for further study
The board of Sound Transit - The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - today selected the 18 most promising potential routes for the central Link light rail system that will connect the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac. Nearly 40 potential routes were initially considered, many of them suggested by local communities and citizens for the 24-mile all-electric system. A separate analysis of routes and stations is being conducted for Tacoma's 1.6 mile Link light rail system.
The 18 potential routes will be studied for the draft Environmental Impact Statement scheduled to be completed by November 1998. For study purposes, the central Link light rail system is divided into six segments with each section having at least two potential routes for further study.
A briefing book outlining these routes is available from Sound Transit. Please contact Clarence Moriwaki at (206) 689-4946 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
- Segment A - Northgate to University District
Route A1 Roosevelt District tunnel
Route A2 Elevated near I-5 in the Roosevelt District
- Segment B - University District to Westlake Station
Route B1 First Hill/Capitol Hill tunnel
Route B2 Seattle Center/south Lake Union
- Segment C - Westlake station to South McClellan Street
Route C1 E3 busway (between 4th and 5th Ave S )/Beacon Hill tunnel
Route C2.3 I-90 roadway/Rainier Ave surface and elevated
Route C2.4 I-90 roadway/Rainier Ave tunnel
- Segment D - South McClellan Street to Boeing Access Road
Route D1.1 MLK Jr. Way S. to Boeing Access Road surface level
Route D1.2.1 MLK Jr. Way S. to Boeing Access Road elevated and surface level
Route D3.3.1 West of Rainier Ave S. to Columbia City to MLK Jr. Way S.
Route D3.3.2 Columbia City to MLK Jr. Way S. underground.
- Segment E - Tukwila
Route E.1.1 Pacific Highway S. (SR99) surface level
Route E.1.2 Pacific Highway S. (SR99) elevated
Route E2 Interurban Ave. S.
Route E3 MLK Jr. Way S.
- Segment F - SeaTac
Route F1 International Boulevard
Route F2 West of Washington Memorial Park, City Center, 28th/24th Ave S.
Route F3 West side of international Boulevard, airport terminal, 28th/24th Ave S.
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