In November 1999, the Link light-rail system, which will connect the Washington cities of Seattle, Tukwila, and Sea Tac, took a step closer to reality when the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) defined the 21 mi (34 km) central line's route and station locations. Construction of the 18-station system, currently funded at $1.86 billion, will begin in 2000; the system is scheduled to open in 2006. Sound Transit is seeking federal and state funding for an additional 3 mi (5 km) and two stations. The system is expected to handle approximately 110,000 passengers per day. Link is only part of a $3.9-billion transit plan being implemented by Sound Transit. Sounder, a $750-million commuter rail system running 81 mi (130 km) between Everett and Tacoma/Lakewood is currently under construction and will be completed in September 2000. Regional Express, a bus transit route connecting Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, and Seattle, already has nine routes operating.


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  • Accession Number: 00788879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2000 12:00AM