CarterB wrote:With all the Seattle commuters to Olympia, why not extend it to downtown Olympia??Seattle is building three different types of rail transit, commuter rail, light rail, and streetcars. Each being used for what it does best. The State of Washington also subsidizes ferries and inter-city Cascade trains. The Cascades trains are servicing Olympia to Seattle, which by the way happens to be a distance of 75 miles by rail, which takes the limited stop (express) Cascade train 91 minutes to travel. A Sounder commuter train would take twice as long (3 hours) to travel that distances because it will have twice as many stations to stop at, and a Link light rail train would take at least three times as long (4.5 hours) for the same reason. It would take all day for a streetcar stopping every quarter mile to travel 75 miles.
That's why Seattle is building three types of train transit in the first place. No one would commute on the Link light rail train that far and for that long a time when there is a faster train service available.
To put Washington State distances into a New Jersey perspective, the 75 miles between Olympia and Seattle is longer than the 60 miles distance between Trenton and Newark. I don't think you'll ever see light rail trains between Trenton and Newark either.