A Sound Decision

Back in the 1970s, Seattle-area residents turned down potential funding for rail mass transit. But a decade later, with the congestion created by an influx of employees and their families filling jobs at Boeing and Microsoft, they changed their minds, and since then, a fast-growing, successful transit system has developed. The growth of the Sound Transit system is described in this article along with a map and a number of photos illustrating trains, stations, and cityscapes. As the bus and rail system has grown however, it has faced challenges. Despite investing millions of dollars in new stations and parking lots, parking is maxed out. The transit agency is working to provide better connectivity to stations. Buses, for example, are timed to arrive and depart to meet Sounder trains with a seamless, cross-platform transfer, a successful tactic to get commuters out of their cars by eliminating the search for parking.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 40-45
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2009 2:52PM