Sound Transit http://kplu.org en Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves http://kplu.org/post/gatorade-helps-nab-copper-wire-thieves <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151567361&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A jury has found two men guilty of stealing 4.3 miles of copper wiring from Sound Transit's Light Rail System in Seattle. It’s believed to be the largest theft of metal in Washington State.</p><p>Apparently, the thieves undoing was a popular energy drink. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:41:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 16836 at http://kplu.org Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves UW Labs May Move To Avoid Interference From Magnetic Light Rail Trains http://kplu.org/post/uw-labs-may-move-avoid-interference-magnetic-light-rail-trains <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148710471&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For engineers that use sensitive equipment like electron microscopes, a train is a big, moving, magnetic nightmare.</p><p>That’s why Sound Transit and the University of Washington are hashing out a deal that would give the university $43 million to move some of its labs across campus, away from a new light rail line in the works set to run beneath them.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:59:02 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 16464 at http://kplu.org UW Labs May Move To Avoid Interference From Magnetic Light Rail Trains State Supreme Court: Light Rail OK on I-90 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/state-supreme-court-light-rail-ok-i-90-bridge <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state can go ahead with plans to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 bridge over Lake Washington.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a ruling Thursday, the justices agreed with a Kittitas County Superior Court judge that an agreement between the Washington Department of Transportation and Sound Transit does not violate the state constitution.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:02:49 +0000 The Associated Press 9985 at http://kplu.org State Supreme Court: Light Rail OK on I-90 Bridge Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-city-council-favors-hilltop-area-light-rail-extension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tacoma is on the brink of more than doubling the length of its Sound Transit Link Light Rail line.</span></p><p>Under a plan just recommended by the Tacoma City Council, the current starter line between the Tacoma Dome and the city's downtown would extend north into the Hilltop neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8530 at http://kplu.org Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger http://kplu.org/post/taxpayers-funding-north-sounder-train-service-29-passenger <p>It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.</p><p>The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Ttx6l7" target="_blank">The Seattle Times reports</a>&nbsp;taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:44:57 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 6735 at http://kplu.org Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger Local manufacturer will help build Seattle's second streetcar line http://kplu.org/post/local-manufacturer-will-help-build-seattles-second-streetcar-line <p>Seattle has selected a contractor to build its new fleet of streetcars. The city is gearing up to start construction of a route through First Hill.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials say it could be the beginning of many more streetcar possibilities.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:40:29 +0000 Charla Bear 3006 at http://kplu.org Local manufacturer will help build Seattle's second streetcar line Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington http://kplu.org/post/light-rail-tunneling-begin-university-washington <p>Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the<a href="http://www.soundtransit.org/"> Sound Transit</a> light-rail system.</p><p>The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle&#39;s Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center. Mon, 16 May 2011 21:58:29 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1608 at http://kplu.org Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington Sound Transit's giant tunnel machine nearly finished http://kplu.org/post/sound-transits-giant-tunnel-machine-nearly-finished <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956346.mp3</p><p>The giant digging machines that will bore twin tunnels from Husky Stadium to Seattle&rsquo;s Capitol Hill are being assembled at the Port of Tacoma. They&#39;re called Tunnel Boring Machines, and they vaguely resemble Apollo-era rockets, lying on their sides.&nbsp;</p><p>And with their current paint-jobs, sporting Sound Transit&#39;s green and blue colors, they might be Lego toys, inflated to a surreal scale.</p><p> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 02:14:23 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 936 at http://kplu.org Sound Transit's giant tunnel machine nearly finished