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September 16, 2003

City changes codes to permit monorail

SEATTLE -- The City Council will let monorail stations along the 14-mile Green Line rise 65 feet, or twice as high as nearby buildings in some areas, the council voted yesterday.

In addition to voting unanimously to amend Seattle's land-use code to make the monorail a permitted use, the council also passed two resolutions.

The council said it will approve design guidelines for stations and alignment. It also said it will review the sequence of monorail construction segments and require "substantial evidence" that the Green Line can be built within the budget described in 2002's voter-approved Seattle Popular Monorail Plan.

The council plans to hold a public hearing after receiving the final Green Line environmental impact statement next year. The council must approve the final alignment and design plan before the city can issue construction permits.

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