Tag: Sound Transit

Sound Transit 2012 Accomplishments 2013 Plans

February 20th, 2013

Sound Transit has entered an extraordinarily busy time, with new light rail construction entering a whole new phase of activity. The connection from downtown to the University of Washington is moving towards completion; the extension to Northgate and Lynnwood is actively proceeding; light rail to Bellevue and Redmond is in design; and light rail south […]

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SOUND TRANSIT ADOPTS NEW TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT POLICY

January 3rd, 2013

On Thursday, December 20, the Sound Transit Board unanimously adopted a policy to focus and increase Sound Transit’s involvement in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Policy guidance on TOD was a key topic of a Sound Transit Board retreat earlier this year. The new policy clarifies what Sound Transit can and will do to promote new […]

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A LIGHT RAIL COMMUNITY AT THE CAPITOL HILL STATION

October 18th, 2012

Linking transportation choices and land use decisions is the best way to make our communities work and our investments in transportation infrastructure pay off.  And it is how we make growth management effective and protect our farms, forests, and wilderness areas.  The Capitol Hill light rail station offers an extraordinary opportunity to realize that vision, […]

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A WEEK IN REGIONAL POLICY

October 4th, 2012

Councilmembers have a lot of responsibilities at City Hall – serving on and Chairing Committees, writing legislation, responding to constituents and handling complaints, thinking, writing, and talking with each other about major issues, and so forth.  But we also have specific responsibilities in the region – most of us serve on several regional entities, and […]

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PLANNING FOR SEATTLE’S EAST LINK STATION

July 11th, 2012

University Link is under construction between downtown and Husky Stadium.  The line from there to Northgate is going into final design and engineering.  And Seattle is also getting a new light rail station on the East Link between downtown and Redmond. East Link has already been approved by the Sound Transit Board, although there are […]

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NORTHGATE LIGHT RAIL STATION ACCESS PLAN

June 28th, 2012

Today, Thursday, June 28, the Sound Transit Board unanimously approved my motion to create a new access strategy for the Northgate light rail station.  This motion is the first effort to implement the new Sound Transit Board’s policy direction that emphasizes developing a variety of access modes to get riders to Sound Transit stations.  It […]

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SOUND TRANSIT TOD AND PARKING POLICIES

May 24th, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post, the Sound Transit Board held a retreat in April, primarily to discuss parking policies and valuing transit oriented development (TOD).  My goal was to change Sound Transit’s perspective on these issues, and to get the Board to agree to revise long-standing policies that encouraged Sound Transit (ST) to […]

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CHANGING SOUND TRANSIT POLICIES ON TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

March 13th, 2012

The Sound Transit Board will engage in a policy discussion about integrating and valuing transit oriented development (TOD) at a Board retreat scheduled for early April.  Sound Transit (ST) has focused on building and operating transit systems, and has been especially cautious to maintain this focus with strong financial oversight since the financial problems that […]

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SOUND TRANSIT STATION NAMING POLICY

February 28th, 2012

  On Thursday, February 23, the Sound Transit Board formally adopted a policy for naming stations and other Sound Transit facilities.  Before this, the naming process followed a design manual, but there was no Board policy.  This has become a problem as Sound Transit builds stations where there might be some controversy about the name, […]

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LIGHT RAIL TO EASTSIDE AND SOUND TRANSIT 2012 PLANS

November 17th, 2011

On October 27 the Sound Transit Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Bellevue that clears the way for entering into final design on an agreed-upon route for East Link through the City of Bellevue.  I was one of the three Sound Transit Board negotiators that met with the Bellevue City […]

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