Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sound Transit Announces University Link Ground Breaking Tomorrow

This should be a fun event for an important transit mobility project in our region:


March 5, 2009

March 6 event: University Link groundbreaking with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

Sound Transit invites Puget Sound area news media to join U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Sound Transit Board Chair and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and University of Washington President Mark Emmert at Husky Stadium tomorrow as Sound Transit breaks ground on the University Link light rail extension.

The celebration kicks off construction on the $1.9 billion University Link light rail extension from downtown Seattle to Capitol Hill and the UW. The site is adjacent to where the University of Washington light rail station will serve thousands of commuters every day.

The project is estimated to generate 2,900 direct construction jobs and economic activity equivalent to 22,800 both direct and indirect jobs according to a U.S. Department of Commerce model.

Light rail from downtown Seattle to Tukwila is on schedule and on budget to open in July. By the end of this year a direct light rail connection from Tukwila to Sea-Tac International Airport will replace the temporary shuttle connection that starts in July.

2 – 3 p.m., Fri., March 6

Southwest Plaza of Husky Stadium, site of the future UW Station. Enter through the main Husky Stadium parking entrance on Montlake Boulevard Northeast.,-122.302637&spn=0.007241,0.015621&z=16

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