Sen. Patty Murray joined Sound Transit Board members recently to tour the regions first two finished light rail passenger stations.
These new light rail stations offer a glimpse of the future of mass transit in the Puget Sound region, Sen. Murray said. This is an incredibly exciting time as the system takes shape. These completed platforms are undeniable evidence that light rail transit is on the way!
Seeing these finished stations is a moment weve looked forward to since we broke ground here in SODO 2-1/2 years ago, said Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. Sound Transit will bring this project in within budget and were on schedule to start passenger service in 2009. Each days progress shows Sound Transit is delivering the projects our region needs to keep moving and stay competitive.
The two completed stations, Stadium Station and SODO Station, are the first to be substantially completed out of the thirteen along the 15.6-miles between Downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. Construction of the 13.9-mile alignment between downtown and Tukwila is now approximately 45 percent complete.
Here is a picture from the Sound Transit Website of the first of the Link rail vehicles which are completing final assembly at the Kinki Sharyo Facility in Osaka, Japan