On the scene: Light rail stations taking shape

The Shoreline South/145th Link Light Rail station, looking south.
The Shoreline North/185th Link Light Rail station, looking southeast.
Mountlake Terrace light rail station, looking west.
Lynnwood light rail station.

— Photos taken last week by David Carlos

  1. Is anyone concerned about how these rails will affect us? How safe will they be once done? What kind of security will they have? Will it bring people you don’t want into our neighborhoods ??

    1. Seriously? Go ride the light rail into Seattle from Northgate. We have had all the Homeless, druggies, thieves and anything else you can think of long before the light rail

  2. Thank you, David. It had never occurred to me how interesting it would be to see this construction from an aerial view!

  3. No concern in my household, Joy. Excited that it will replace commuter buses and make going south quicker. A great thing for MLT in particular. I’ve ridden the existing route for years, no problem. If anything, it will encourage other folks to move north and (I hope) bring new and more diverse folks to live here in my neighborhood on the border. Or at least a critical mass so we can succeed in our secession plan.

  4. I lived in a large city that did not invest in light rail and suffered through terrible traffic 24 hrs a day and businesses in the suburbs that couldn’t get enough workers. I am grateful for the citizens that voted to extend the light rail system. When opened I will be able to take it all the way to the airport instead of a $100 Rideshare fee. I can only imagine it will bring shoppers and workers into our area and help our citizens commute to their jobs, shopping and entertainment.

  5. I am glad that the light rail has finally made it to Seattle. It only took over 30 years to make it happen and I hate to think how many thousands of dollars in studies

  6. Not to be confused with Interurban or Light railway. Los Angeles’ expansion of mass transit has been driven in large part by light rail. Light rail transit (LRT) is a form of passenger urban rail transit characterized by a combination of tram and rapid transit features. While its rolling stock is similar to that of a traditional tram, it operates at a higher capacity and speed and often on an exclusive right-of-way. In many cities, light rail transit systems more closely resemble, and are therefore indistinguishable from, traditional underground or at-grade subways and heavy-rail metros. Utah Transit Authority’s TRAX has 50 stations on three lines. The CTrain is a light rail system operated by Calgary Transit. The light rail in Tunis, Tunisia, was the first light rail system in Africa. There is no standard definition, but in the United States (where the terminology was devised in the 1970s from the engineering term light railway), light rail operates primarily along exclusive rights-of-way and uses either individual tramcars or multiple units coupled to form a train that has a lower capacity and speed than a long heavy-rail passenger train or rapid transit system.[1][2][3][4][5] A few light rail networks tend to have characteristics closer to rapid transit or even commuter rail; some of these heavier rapid transit-like systems are referred to as light metros. It is a good.

  7. Kim, I want to secede from Edmonds and join MLT too. They have a far superior form of city government in my view. I don’t blame you.

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