Friday, May 27, 2011

Sound Transit Board eyes LRT route options

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Sound Transit’s Board of Directors, under political pressure from Federal Way, Wash., representatives, said Thursday they would seek less-costly options for extending light rail transit to Federal Way.

Board members expressed sympathy to objections by Federal Way that LRT’s arrival would be delayed from 2023 to as late as 2040. “The goodnews for Federal Way is I think we’re going to get there,” said board member and Sumner, Wash., Mayor Dave Enslow, although the mayor added,  “I’m not exactly sure when.” 

Examining an alternate route to Federal Way—elevated lightrail along Interstate 5 instead of state Route 99—could take a year, said Sound Transit planner David Beal.

Board Chairman Aaron Reardon said Sound Transit will try towork with Federal Way as best as it can and as Sound Transit’s finances will permit.