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TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD : UNITED STATES: CITIES: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Light Rail Shows Seattle is 'Growing Up'

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TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD :
UNITED STATES: CITIES: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON:
Light Rail Shows Seattle is 'Growing Up'



Light Rail Shows Seattle is 'Growing Up'
Danny Westneat
Seattle Times staff columnist
<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/ 
dannywestneat/2009496798_danny19.html>


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Seattle, the little engine that doubted it could, finally got its train.

Today we're a bit more like Chicago or New York than we were yesterday.

"We now join the cities of the world," Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said, as
the inaugural light-rail train jostled down Rainier Valley toward Tukwila
on Saturday morning. "We are growing up."

The mayor was beaming like a kid on board Thomas the Tank Engine.

It's true, Seattle finally has something most big cities had decades ago:
a rapid mass-transit line. During the opening ceremony, everyone was
shaking their heads at how long it took for stubborn Seattle to mature out
of adolescence.

Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott said he remembers arriving here in 1966,
from Chicago, and asking why we weren't building train tracks along
then-new Interstate 5.

"Everybody kind of looked at me like: What are you talking about?" he
said.

It was in the 1980s, I think, that a comedian called Seattle "Mayberry
with skyscrapers." All the time I've lived here, since 1985, politics has
revolved around that tension. Do we want to be a big city? Or not?

Do we want to grow up?

It's still not clear, as last week Seattle's small-town DNA was on full
display. People expressed a catalog of provincial fears and paranoia in
the face of the coming trains.

Would pedestrians be able to cross the street without getting run over?
My, those trains are noisy. Is it safe to drive near the tracks? What
about parking? Won't the trains just be magnets for bands of thugs?

It was as if nobody had seen mass transit before. It turns out it's big.
And mechanized. And public.



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Seattle Transportation Watch
Light rail opening day ridership at 38,000
UPDATE: 45,000 boardings on light rail opening
Seattle Post Intelligencer
<http://blog.seattlepi.com/transportation/archives/174081.asp>



Sound Transit estimates about 45,000 boardings Saturday during the Link
light rail line's first day of service.

Trains opened to the public at 10 a.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony
early Saturday at the Mount Baker station in South Seattle. Service
stopped at 8 p.m.


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"Today was a story-book ending to decades of hard work," Seattle Mayor
Greg Nickels said in a statement. "It was also an incredibly positive
beginning of a new era in transportation for this region."

Riders waited in lines for 15 to 30 minutes, with slightly longer delays
at the International District/Chinatown Station and the Stadium Station
after the Sounders soccer match, spokesman Bruce Gray said in a news
release.

Service resumes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fares, between $1.75 and
$2.50, don't go into effect until Monday.

A bus shuttle also begins offering service Monday between the Tukwila
terminus and SeaTac Airport until an extension of light rail to SeaTac is
finished in December.


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Trains roll on Seattle light rail line
Associated Press
<http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/
ALeqM5hncZJ4ROXftdGyOexY8XTu9Lps4QD99H61LG0>


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SEATTLE  Thousands of people enjoyed free rides Saturday on the first day
of service for Seattle's new light rail line.

After more than four decades of political wrangling and financial
struggles that ran transit rail plans for Seattle off the tracks, trains
are finally running.


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Sound Transit officials were planning for as many as 50,000 riders
Saturday, with police, transit staff and volunteers working on crowd
control and communications.

A dozen two-car trains ran at 7 1/2-minute intervals. Two more trains were
in reserve, along with seven other rail cars that also could be used.

Passengers were upbeat.

Daniel Gonzalez cheered and clapped when a train arrived at a station.

"It's about time we had one of these," Gonzalez told The Seattle Times.
"It's quiet and efficient  the wave of the future."

New York resident Maxwell Simon liked Seattle's new mass transit line
better than the Big Apple's.

"New York doesn't have anything as nice as this," the 87-year-old Simon
said. "I want to be part of Seattle history. I think New York is going to
learn a lot from Seattle."



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