Sound Transit's Community Link office officially opens April 2

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Sound Transit ­ the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - will officially open its Community Link office, located at 4900 Rainier Avenue South, Suite 102 in historic Columbia City on Thursday, April 2 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 

A special ceremony hosted by community leaders will take place from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Informative multi-media presentations on Sound Move, the regional transportation plan, will be on display and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. 

"The Community Link office in the Rainier Valley community is another example of Sound Transit's commitment to keep citizens informed and involved," Seattle City Council Member and Sound Transit board member Richard McIver said. "The Rainier Valley has more people riding transit per capita than anyplace in the entire city, and the Community Link office will be a convenient location where the residents and workers in southeast Seattle can share their ideas on the design and environmental work on the Link light rail project, as well as information on all Sound Transit projects." 

The office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it will also serve as an evening and weekend meeting location for community organizations and other groups interested in transportation issues. 

The Link light rail line and stations planned for the Rainier Valley community are part of a 24-mile all-electric system that will connect the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac with fast, reliable environmentally sound transportation. Also, a 1.6 mile Link light rail system will connect downtown Tacoma with the Tacoma Dome commuter station. The other two transportation systems of the Sound Move regional transportation system are 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, cities and communities throughout the region with 20 new, fast, limited-stop bus routes. 

In November 1996 voters in the central Puget Sound region approved a 4/10 of one percent local sales tax and a 3/10 of one percent motor vehicle excise tax to fund the Sound Move plan. The ten-year, $3.9 billion (1995$) Sound Move project will also be funded by federal matching grants, interest earnings and farebox revenues 

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