Light rail policies
Fast, safe and attractive, the $1.8 billion light rail system promises to be an integral part of local economic development - providing businesses and residents with convenient and reliable transportation.
The 10-year project, known as Link, is by far the biggest part of the Sound Transit plan. Sound Transit has pledged that most of the project development, design and construction management work will be done by consultants.
Using surface streets, elevated tracks and tunnels, Link will connect the University District, Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle, the Rainier Valley, Tukwila and Sea-Tac Airport. Environmental reviews and further analysis will determine whether light rail serves Southcenter Mall or takes a more direct route to the airport. The line will end near Interstate-5 at about 200th Street.*
Downtown Tacoma will enjoy the region's first taste of light rail with service expected to begin by 2001. The first phases of service in Seattle won't begin until 2004.
* Service to Roosevelt and Northgate will be added later if funds are available.
Light rail policies
Aug. 1, 1997. Develop a draft light rail community involvement plan.
Sept. 1, 1997. RFPs issued for initial contracts for preliminary engineering and environmental contracts.
Oct. 1, 1997. Complete analysis of alternative alignment from downtown to the U District with Task Force.
Nov. 30, 1997. Develop first phase agreements with cities of Seattle, Tacoma, SeaTac and Tukwila, King County and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Nov. 30, 1997. Develop a list of the toughest issues in each segment and draft ideas on how to solve them.
Fall, 1998. Complete NEPA draft environmental impact statement for Northgate to SeaTac and SEPA draft environmental impact statement for Tacoma segment.
Sept. 1998. Complete design and construction segment packaging.
Summer, 1999. Complete preliminary engineering and final EIS for both segments. (Date assumes community and board decisions on the alignment and draft EIS are completed by fall, 1998.)
|RFQ Issue||Contract name||Contract period||Cost estimate||Conflicts||Status|
|3rd Qtr 97||Survey, mapping, photogrammetry services with WSDOT (WSDOT will select local surveying and other subcontractors as needed||8 months||$400,000 - $600,000||none|
|3rd Qtr||Environmental documents NEPA & SEPA||3 years||$3 million - $8 million||Prime contractor cannot participate in light rail design contracts.|
|3rd Qtr 97||Civil facilities design - P.E.; final design coordination, project development support||3 years with option to renew||$5 million - $10 million per year||Prime contractor cannot participate in light rail design contracts.|
|3rd Qtr 97||Transit systems engineering design - P.E.; final design coordination; equipment procurement support.||3 years with option to renew||$2 million - $4 million per year||Prime contractor cannot participate in light rail design contracts.|
|4th Qtr 97||Transit system route planning and ridership forecasting support.**||3 years with option to renew||$250,000 - $500,000 per year||none|