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July 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Sound Transit chooses old BNSF site for Bellevue maintenance yard

The Sound Transit Board today selected the site of the old BNSF rail yard in Bellevue — next to the planned Spring District development — as the preferred location for a new light-rail maintenance yard. A final decision is expected in late 2015, after environmental reviews of the site. Many in Bellevue have complained that placing a…

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July 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Seattle police release video of light-rail station shooting

Seattle police released surveillance-camera footage today showing the struggle between an armed 23-year-old man and a King County sheriff’s deputy at Sound Transit’s Sodo Station last week, moments before the deputy fatally shot the man. Seattle police are investigating the shooting at the request of the Sheriff’s Office. The 23-year-old who was shot was identified by the…

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June 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

City approves taller buildings, more density near Mount Baker station

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 today in favor of a plan designed to increase urban density in the 10-block area surrounding the Mount Baker light-rail station. Councilmembers said the rezone will work in conjunction with the larger-scale neighborhood plan to make walking and biking safer, while creating space for new jobs and housing. The legislation also will…

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February 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

No injuries after car struck by light rail train

A car was struck by a light rail train in the Rainier Valley this afternoon. A car turned in front of a southbound Link light rail train at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Henderson Street around 1:30 p.m., said Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason. There were no injuries. Train service was back to normal about 2 p.m., Reason said.

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February 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Transportation tips for the Seahawks parade

If forecasts are correct, somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 people will head to downtown Seattle on Wednesday to celebrate the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory under cold, clear skies. The parade down Fourth Avenue — from Denny Way south to CenturyLink Field — starts at 11 a.m. Fourth Avenue and all cross streets from Third Avenue to Fifth…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Fourth Avenue, light rail, Seahawks parade

October 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Homeless campers’ fire caused Monday’s light-rail shutdown

A garbage fire set by homeless campers on Beacon Hill was the source of smoke that got into a light-rail tunnel Monday evening. The smoke halted rail service shortly after 6 p.m., and full service wasn’t restored until 8 p.m. The incident began when Link rail operators reported what smelled like electrical smoke at the Beacon Hill,…

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October 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

UPDATE: Sound Transit Link light rail is back in business

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m. | Sound Transit says light-rail trains are again serving all stations, with minor service delays. UPDATE, 7:43 p.m. | Sound Transit has issued the additional following information about bus service to replace the closed section of light rail: “Heading north toward downtown Seattle, board the Metro-operated Link Shuttle bus Route 97 on Martin Luther…

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August 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Van and light-rail train collide in South Seattle; no injuries

A van and a light-rail train collided north of Othello Station this afternoon, but the accident was minor and no one was injured, said Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason. Reason had few details about the accident at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Brandon St.  After the accident, Sound Transit used just one track for…

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April 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Man hit by light-rail train near Rainier Beach Station

A man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a light-rail train near Seattle’s Rainier Beach Station about 5:10 p.m. today The man, in his 40s or 50s, had a pulse but was not conscious, according to the Seattle Fire Department. He is in critical condition, according to Seattle Fire spokesman…

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September 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

86-year-old woman hit by light rail in South Seattle

An 86-year-old woman who incorrectly thought she could beat the train across the tracks was unconscious and unresponsive after she was struck by a Sound Transit light rail train just before 2 p.m. on Friday, according to police and fire. The woman suffered critical injuries, but was still breathing when she was taken by fire and…

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