I am trying to gather any information on the new light rail opening in seattle this summer.. my first big question is does any of the light rail line share trackage with the new Lake Union Streetcar?
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The Sound Transit Board has approved the purchase of 1.1 miles of former BNSF right of way in the City of Bellevue needed for the upcoming extension of East Link light rail service to Bellevue and Redmond.Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/default/articl ... z1LEJzXgga
The purchase of the property from the Port of Seattle supports Sound Transit's work to start construction of East Link in 2015.
Included in the purchase package offered by the Port is an easement that provides access to 37 miles of the rail corridor between Woodinville and Renton for other potential high-capacity transit investments in the future.
Sound Transit and the Port of Seattle today announced they have finalized Sound Transit’s purchase of 1.1 miles of former BNSF track in Bellevue for construction of East Link light rail, as well as easements for future access to 37 miles of the Eastside rail corridor.
The purchase supports Sound Transit's work to start construction of East Link light rail. The 37-mile easement was also part of the purchase package offered by the Port of Seattle. The easement provides the ability to consider future voter-approved rail transit investments between Woodinville and Renton. Sound Transit would need to build new tracks to support the safety features and operating speeds needed for passenger rail service.
In addition to the 37-mile easement, Sound Transit also received rights to access the portion of the rail corridor located within Redmond's city limits, allowing for future construction of a light rail extension between the city’s Overlake and downtown areas. Last year Sound Transit identified a route for building the extension at such time funding becomes available.
On Monday, Sound Transit and Seattle city officials broke ground on the First Hill Streetcar. ...Seattle Streetcar: First Hill Streetcar: Construction Starts 2012 has a detailed map of the line. First Hill Streetcar - Wikipedia has a less-detailed one, but it also shows the other urban-rail lines in the area.
The 2.5-mile line is scheduled to be open by spring 2014.
Bellevue and Sound Transit officials' ideas for reducing the cost of light rail through Bellevue focus on eliminating planned trenches in parts of South Bellevue, excavating a shallower downtown tunnel and building a less expensive downtown station.
Bellevue and Sound Transit officials are rolling out ideas this week they say could reduce city taxpayers' bill for a light-rail tunnel by as much as $60 million.
lpetrich wrote:It's a rather curious bit of unfinished business from the heyday of the railroads a century or so ago.Not so curious when you see how the line used to cross the Thea Foss Waterway at about 14th Street: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/was ... a-1895.jpg
Sound Transit currently is building a light rail extension from downtown to Husky Stadium. Tunneling between future stations at Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium recently was completed. The project so far is on schedule to be finished in 2016.Rail News - Sound Transit breaks ground on Northgate light-rail extension. For Railroad Career Professionals
The $2.1 billion Northgate Link extension will operate mostly underground through one of the most congested travel corridors in the region. ...This making nearly 7 route-miles of tunnel north of downtown Seattle.
Northgate Link construction will start with demolition work in the Roosevelt area. Next year, Sound Transit plans to select a contractor to excavate the underground stations and use tunnel-boring machines to construct twin 3.7-mile tunnels from north of the Roosevelt neighborhood to the University of Washington Station. Tunneling is slated to begin in late 2014.