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Old 01-14-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Which I am so excited to see Seattle's light rail system grow and catch up to what we have been doing in Portland for decades. Though being Seattle, they will probably surpass Portland eventually with an even more complex system and of course have a subway light rail system.
It's about darn time that Seattle develops an adequate rapid transit system. I've taken our current light rail line from downtown to SeaTac and it runs very smoothly, quietly, and quickly. I'm sure that the light rail stations will be a huge success once they are in operation and extend to the U-District, Roosevelt, Northgate, and onward North towards Lynnwood. Future light rail stations in Shoreline and Lynwood will likely implement "Park & Ride" models that will eliminate a great deal of suburban commuter traffic.

Seattle is currently in the study phase for connecting West Seattle, Fremont, Ballard and Wallingford by light rail as well, but those transit lines won't likely be implemented for another decade considering it's barely in the study phase. Light rail to Bellevue will also be a great addition once implemented.

Lastly, Seattle's current streetcar line that runs through South Lake Union will eventually run through First Ave and connect to the Capitol Hill streetcar line that will run along Yesler and Broadway. Once completed, this streetcar line will effectively connect all of the neighborhoods that make up Seattle's "urban core".
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Old 01-14-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's about darn time that Seattle develops an adequate rapid transit system. I've taken our current light rail line from downtown to SeaTac and it runs very smoothly, quietly, and quickly. I'm sure that the light rail stations will be a huge success once they are in operation and extend to the U-District, Roosevelt, Northgate, and onward North towards Lynnwood. Future light rail stations in Shoreline and Lynwood will likely implement "Park & Ride" models that will eliminate a great deal of suburban commuter traffic.

Seattle is currently in the study phase for connecting West Seattle, Fremont, Ballard and Wallingford by light rail as well, but those transit lines won't likely be implemented for another decade considering it's barely in the study phase. Light rail to Bellevue will also be a great addition once implemented.

Lastly, Seattle's current streetcar line that runs through South Lake Union will eventually run through First Ave and connect to the Capitol Hill streetcar line that will run along Yesler and Broadway. Once completed, this streetcar line will effectively connect all of the neighborhoods that make up Seattle's "urban core".
That is what I am really excited to see. Though I imagine like you point out, we will see new streetcar lines opening up there before those light rail lines happen. Either way, I am so happy to see the two big cities of the Northwest expanding their light rail systems.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:19 PM
 
Location: bend oregon
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east lines in the nw is good because its higher up incase of a earthquake, farther from where the earthquake would be also.
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