Sound Transit sends courtesy notification letters to property owners along Link light rail route, invites them to attend January public hearings

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In keeping with their commitment to inform the public, Sound Transit - The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - is mailing more than 800 courtesy letters to property owners along the potential route of the 24-mile central Link light rail system that will connect the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac. 

The letter informs property owners about public hearings being held in January and welcomes them to become personally involved in the route and station selection process for Link light rail. The letter is part of a packet of information from Sound Transit informing property owners about the Link light rail draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

While the final route for the Link light rail system will not be identified by the Sound Transit Board until February 1999, the Board directed the Sound Transit staff to develop a preliminary route for the light rail line to accompany the release of the draft EIS. 

Nearly 40 potential routes were initially considered, many of them suggested by local communities and citizens. A separate analysis of routes and stations is being conducted for Tacoma's 1.6 mile Link light rail system.

Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county region-wide transit system plan known as Sound Move. Approved by voters in 1996, Sound Move is a will be a seamless blend of three regional transportation systems. Along with Link light rail, Sound Move includes Sounder commuter rail, running 81 miles from Everett to Tacoma/Lakewood and Regional Express, a bus transit system that will connect the major metropolitan areas of Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma and Seattle with numerous cities and communities with 17 new, fast, limited-stop bus routes and numerous improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes throughout the region. 

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