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Category: Light rail
July 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Light rail: ‘dangerous’ neighborhoods, free fares and noise

Columbia City isn’t as dangerous as it was portrayed In her column [“The riders’ line on light rail,” NWTuesday, July 21], Nicole Brodeur felt some guilt at driving part way to the Columbia City light-rail station before heading downtown. “Next time,” she wrote, “I will get up early and walk to the station, and pack brass…

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July 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Light rail: Is Sound Transit wrong on parking and noise?

Light rail, failing promises made, is not quiet Editor, The Times: It seems there is some shared pain and empathy between those of us who are dealing with screeching light-rail noise and those who live near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s third runway. What dismays many of us Rainier Valley residents is that during planning and public comment phases…

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July 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Light rail: parking, noise, whiners and downright laziness

Other light-rail systems at least made provisions for parking Editor, The Times: Seattle Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Sheridan’s quote in The Seattle Times [“Would-be rail riders bemoan lack of parking,” page one, July 16] is astonishing! He said, “Light rail was meant to be fed by people taking the bus, walking or biking. It was not…

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July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Transportation: sounding off on street crews, buses and light rail

Crunican doesn’t compare to previous city engineers The Times article on street crews [“Curb crew blunders mean heat for Nickels,” page one, July 14] reported, “Drago has been a reliable Crunican supporter and credited her Monday with outshining her predecessors on big projects.” A more ridiculous and utterly stupid assertion is hard to imagine. No professional engineer in…

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July 13, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Light rail: Is the cost of art and the screeching worth it?

Some empathy for light-rail noise victims Editor, The Times: I can almost empathize with those suffering the noisy trains [“Tracks’ din stirs Tukwila outcry,” NWSunday, July 5]. However, there is a large number of us being subjected to 100 decibels on a constant basis due to the third runway at Sea-Tac. The Port of Seattle has said there…

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July 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Light rail: Trains are too loud, disrupt Metro routes

Light rail shouldn’t disrupt bus service The Seattle Times did a fine job of reporting the disruption to the Metro bus service due to the light rail traveling through South Seattle [“Rail may shake up bus-rider routines,” NWTuesday, July 7]. It is interesting that Sound Transit hopes to have the bus riders of the Rainier Valley “ride…

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June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Light rail

Light rail a relief for Beacon Hill commuters Editor, The Times: As a resident of Beacon Hill, I was disappointed in your article [“A light-rail wonder,” front page, June 15] about the light-rail station and its description of our neighborhood. Specifically, I couldn’t believe you summarized Beacon Hill by saying we have “many small ethnic shops.” How…

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May 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sound Transit light rail

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times A worker walks amongst link line rail trains in the Sound Transit Sodo Maintenance Base in Seattle after placing a cone at the front and rear of the train he is working on. Has damaged environment more than it will help Editor, The Times: The headline “Who will ride this train?” [page…

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May 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Proposed Bellevue tunnel

The only sensible option Grant Degginger, mayor of Bellevue, is correct in his opinions for East Link through Bellevue in his guest commentary published Tuesday [“Keep tunnel options on table for East Link,” Opinion, May 12]. The proposed surface route along 108th and 106th Avenues Northeast is on four-lane streets surrounded by condominiums, apartments and businesses. In…

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May 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bellevue’s tunnel idea

Surface rail would be traffic nightmare I agree with and appreciate The Seattle Times’ view on Bellevue’s “Creative tunnel vision” [Opinion, editorial, May 10]. A surface or at-grade light rail will create such a construction nightmare and disruption to businesses, residents and traffic that it is unimaginable to even consider such an option. The Times is absolutely…

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