Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hey, I'm a guest columnist today!

I submitted a piece to the P-I on why light rail is the right choice for serving the Eastside - it was put on the site tonight, and should be in the print edition tomorrow. It's pretty cool to see "guest columnist" under your name.

Now that Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Issaquah are on board with light rail endorsements, I can only hope that the Sound Transit board will vote the same way when they make their decision about what system to put in next year's ST2 ballot measure.

In other news, Sound Transit has announced increased Sounder service for next year - a fifth round trip in the direction we're accustomed to, as well as a reverse trip serving commuters going from Seattle and intermediate cities to Tacoma in the morning. Because they're getting a train "back" in Seattle from the reverse trip, presumably this means they won't have to buy new equipment for these round trips.


At 12:31 PM, Blogger EvergreenRailfan said...

Hopefully they will make the decision. I think the fight over Light Rail to the Eastside is just a few people that want the region to be stuck in the mentality that it is only a Seattle Project and that the city is trying to steal money from other areas to pay for it. Bellevue has a surplus due to most of there construction projects being finished. That could help pay for part of any Light Rail Project to the eastside.

CentralLINK was not intended to be a one line option. It was to be a spine, to plug in more branches. Almost like what Tacoma is studying with a hertiage streetcar network. I noticed some of those lines use part of the TacomaLINK line. THe more lines, the more options commuters have, the more riders.

Also, with the SOUNDER Trains, they will probably be calling Virgina Railway Express or Los Angeles Metrolink and calling in the leases on the cars they lent them. It will take awhile to get those cars back.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Ben Schiendelman said...

They made the decision indeed. I went to the board meeting - it was quite exciting.

They did talk about the spine, and that we made a good choice by starting it in the first place.

I wonder if we'll end up using Skoda cars for the First Hill connector?

At 7:59 PM, Blogger EvergreenRailfan said...

I would not be suprised, because of the commonality. Portland and Tacoma operate them.


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