Light Rail has a long and tumultuous history here in Seattle – several times the voters approved massive transportation system studies and encouraged the government move ahead with building grade-separated rail for easy transport. Every single time, these proposals failed.
Finally, Sound Transit cleaned up its act (and we really mean that) and started building Light Rail. Though this tends to be one of the least efficient ways to transport people, it’s what we’ve got and we need a lot of it.
Note in this video the proposed 130th St station. This would be a big deal for North Seattle, if we could get this built. Also, what if we had a line that went up through Ballard under 15th, followed Holman Road, went under Northgate Way, connected with the Northgate Transit system, hung a left at Lake City Way and went up to Bothell, Kenmore and eventually Woodinville. We can only dream, right?
Make sure you stay in contact with Sound Transit if you’re interested in Light Rail. They are typically helpful, and most of their recent projects have come in ahead of schedule and under budget. Also, this is something that I’m very interested in, and can have a seriously positive impact on our neighborhoods here in North Seattle.
Check out the video and discuss!