Thursday, July 29, 2010
Canceled service for Amtrak Cascades trains in Oregon between August 2 -17
Due to scheduled track work, the following Amtrak Cascades trains are cancelled between Portland and Eugene, OR:
August 2 – 507 & 509
August 3 – 500 & 504
August 9 – 507 & 509
August 10 – 500 & 504
August 16 – 507 & 509
August 17 – 500 & 504
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sound Transit expands Sounder south service
Photo Courtesy of Railpicutures.net
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
High ridership is especially important during Link's first year as a dip in the economy caused transit ridership to drop about 4% last year. The Central Link line is only a portion of the 55 miles that will make up the finished light rail. A 3.1-mile underground extension from downtown Seattle north to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington is under construction and will open in 2016.
Voters have also approved extensions to Northgate, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Redmond, Mercer Island and northern Federal Way scheduled to open by 2023. Keep riding the light rail and supporting transit!
Join us for a comprehensive update on rail transit in Tacoma this Friday!
In 2008 voters approved $80 million for Tacoma Link extension. Just how much rail can that buy? What's the difference between streetcars and light rail? What are the benefits of building more rail transit in Tacoma? Panelists Greg Walker from Sound Transit, Alisa O'Hanlon from the City of Tacoma and Bill LaBorde from Transportation Choices will be on hand to provide a comprehensive update on rail transit and answer your questions. Join us for a discussion on everything you need to know about the future of streetcars in Tacoma!
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
WHERE: University of Washington Tacoma, Garretson Woodruff Pratt Building, Tacoma Room (Room 320) http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/campus_map/ (accessible by multiple bus routes and Tacoma Link)
Special thanks to the City of Tacoma and Downtown: On the Go! for sponsoring the Tacoma Streetcar Friday Forum. As always, feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee will be served.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
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From Tacoma Tomorrow:
Since the Growth Alternative is recommended to be selected, the agenda then moves straight into an action item for submitting a ballot to increase Pierce Transit's sales tax to 0.9% in an election on February 8, 2011. The agenda also states that approving this resolution is recommended.
So, it should certainly make for an interesting board meeting. The meeting will be held at the following time and place:
Training Center, St. Helens Room
July 12 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Here is the whole list, http://www.fta.dot.gov/news/news_events_11820.html
One award I found most interesting was the bike sharing program in Boston administered by MBTA. It looks as though the MBTA argued that funding this bike sharing program would boost transit ridership and further sustainability goals. $3 million federal dollars going towards bike sharing is pretty exciting.
Project: Boston Bike Share Program: (Bus and Bus Livability)Sponsor: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
An innovative and truly transformational project, the Regional Bike Share System is a multiple-city bike sharing system making thousands of bicycles available throughout the Boston metropolitan area with the swipe of a card. The Bike Share system was conceived as an extension and enhancement of the existing public transit system. More than 500 Bike Share stations will be located at or near Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus and rail transit stations to encourage and facilitate use of public transit. The system will create two million new bike trips per year.
Here are the two projects that received money in Washington. I don't know much about the Skagit Transit Park and Ride lot, although it is interesting to note it is one of only two park and ride lots nationally to be funded under this sustainability focused this program. I also can't wait for day when I can access King Street Station from its original internal staircase and admire at the restored original ceiling.
Project: Seattle Intermodal Hub (Bus and Bus Livability)Sponsor: City of Seattle
The City of Seattle will restore the historic King Street Station and improve the Westlake Hub, creating two intermodal transportation hubs in downtown Seattle that connect rail, bus, streetcar, and pedestrian networks in Seattle’s Center City. Improvements to these two hubs are critical to implementation of Seattle’s Center City Access Strategy to revitalize 10 downtown neighborhoods, fight regional sprawl and build a sustainable economy and community.
Project: Chuckanut Park and Ride (Bus and Bus Livability)Sponsor: Skagit Transit
The Chuckanut Park and Ride project will be a high capacity parking and transit transfer facility located just off the I-5 Chuckanut/ SR 11 exit in Burlington, Washington. It will accommodate more than 300 parking spaces and include a bus pad for transit access; passenger shelters; bicycle racks and safety features such as improved lighting, fencing, and security cameras. The goal is to supply necessary transit infrastructure, relieve congestion and also offer convenience, safety and attractiveness to transit and vanpool users, as well as leisure travelers
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sound Transit Might be Able to Save Nearly $26 Million on Sounder Extension Project due to Competitive Bidding Climate
Sound Transit but out to bid the D to M Street Sounder expansion project. This is a critical component of extending the Sounder to Lakewood and in the past was the source of much media attention in Tacoma. Apparently the estimates for the project were $66.4 million and the construction bid came back last week drastically cheaper at $40.8 million. This is another sign that in this economy it is not a bad time to be constructing transportation projects from the perspective of the agencies and tax payers.
Here is the whole report from Sound Transit:
D-M construction bids come in under estimateWe learned on Tuesday that the apparent low bidder for construction of our D-M street project in Tacoma, MidMountain Contractors of Kirkland, was $40.8 million or about $25.6 million below our engineer’s estimate of $66.4 million.
The MidMountain bid is being evaluated by Sound Transit to make sure it meets all our project requirements. Seven bids were submitted.
Construction is expected to begin this summer on the D-M project, which includes a 1.2-mile section of rail corridor connecting Tacoma Dome Station at Freighthouse Square to existing rail right-of-way. When it’s finished in 2012, Sounder trains will begin running to stations in South Tacoma and Lakewood.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Here is the incredibly long link:
For all of you policy wonks out there, watch the video and feel free to post your thoughts on the blog as to how the discussions are going so far.
....Before and after the line was built, they surveyed people who lived for some time near the lines being constructed.
They asked them how often they exercised, whether they felt comfortable going for a walk in the neighborhood, lived near a park, and of course, their height and weight, income and employment status.
Then the researchers waited until 2008, six to eight months after the Lynx South Corridor Light Rail Line had been completed, figuring that would give people the opportunity to regularly using the system.
"We actually see," MacDonald says, "what happens to people who on their own (volition) decide to use the system and reap some reward in weight maintenance and weight reduction."
People who used the system more than once a week for 8 months after the rail line was in place had a 1.18kg reduction in body mass index (BMI). That’s a loss of between 6.4 and 7 pounds for a person who's around 5'5''.
"That's a significant drop in weight," says MacDonald. "People who used the system also were less likely to become obese over time." These were people who reported no significant changes in recommended physical activity rates in the initial surveys.