Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
It is a current TriMet employee, Neil McFarlane (right), Executive Director of Capital Projects. He is also a rail lover, but will it bring the change TriMet really needs?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
April 22 , 2010
Simplified fare structure to go into effect June 1, 2010, June 2011
On April 22 the Sound Transit Board approved fare changes for ST Express bus and Link light rail services. These fare changes will:
- Increase revenues in response to higher operating costs caused by inflation
- Simplify the ST Express fare structure by eliminating the three-zone system, and
- Bring fares more into alignment with other local transit agencies.
The proposal is two-phased, with one set of changes in June 1, 2010 and another in June 2011. ST Express bus fares have increased only once, in 2005, during the 11 years the service has operated.
Under the new structure, by 2011 there will be only two different fare levels, one for trips within the same county, and one for inter-county trips.
Effective June, ST Express fares will be as follows:
|Adult||$1.50-$3||$2.00-$3.00||$2.50 / $3.50|
|Youth||$1-$2.50||$1.00-$2.50||$1.25 / $2.50|
|Senior/Disabled||$.50-$1.50||$0.75-$1.50||$.75 / $1.50|
The June 2011 $0.25 increase in Link light rail fare for adults will enable Sound Transit to generate the revenue needed to cover a larger portion of operating expenses while allowing for the flattening of Link light rail fares for youth and seniors.
Details on all of the fare changes can be found here: www.soundtransit.org/farechanges
2010 ST Express changes
All trips that cross a county line will be considered an inter-county trip equivalent to the current three zone fare. ST Express fares for some adult trips will increase by up to $0.50 in 2010, while fares for other trips will remain unchanged. There will be no changes for youth fares in 2010, with the exception that the current two-zone youth fare of $1.75 will change to $2.50 if the trip crosses a county line. Two- and three-zone senior and disabled fares will not change in 2010, except the current two-zone senior fare of $1.25 will change to $1.50 if the trip crosses a county line; one-zone trips will go up by $0.25.
2011 ST Express changes
Zone boundaries within King County will be eliminated. Adult fares will go up by $0.50 in June 2011, with the exception that there will be no fare change for trips that are currently two zones trips within one county. Adult fares under the simplified structure will be:
- $2.50 for all in-county service
- $3.50 for all inter-county service
For youths, two-zone fares will decrease by $0.50, while inter-county youth fares will not change and one-zone fares will go up $0.25. Youth fares under the simplified structure will be:
- $1.25 for in-county service
- $2.50 for inter-county service
For seniors and persons with disabilities, fares for trips currently classified as two zones will decrease by $0.50, while fares for all other trips will remain unchanged. Fares under the simplified structure will be:
- $0.75 for in-county service
- $1.50 for inter-county service
The new fare structure for Link is:
$1.75 to $2.50
$2.00 to $2.75
$1.25 to $2.00
$0.75 to $1.25
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Century 21 World's Fair opens in Seattle on April 21, 1962.
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On April 21, 1962, at 11 a.m. the Century 21 World's Fair opens in Seattle for a 184 day run. The 74-acre fairgrounds are located at Seattle Center, north of downtown Seattle at the foot of Queen Anne Hill. The World's Fair was conceived to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, held in 1909 on the University of Washington campus. Its theme is to consider the possibilities of life in the twenty-first century.
Launching Century 21
Actor and comedian Danny Kaye read the Fair’s credo, followed by opera diva Mary Costa singing the national anthem. Broadway star John Raitt (father of musician Bonnie Raitt) sang “Meet Me at the Needle.” A 21-gun salute was fired with a 334-year-old cannon recovered from the Swedish warship Vasa. A countdown clock started by President Eisenhower in 1959 clicked down to 000:00:00:00.
At that moment, President Kennedy, on Easter holiday in Florida, pressed a telegraph key to start the fair. The key, festooned with gold nuggets, was the same key that President Taft had used to open the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909. This time, instead of a simple coast-to-coast electronic signal, the key triggered a radio telescope in Maine, which picked up an impulse from a star 10,000 light years away. This impulse was directed towards the fairgrounds to start the festivities and open the gates to 51,510 first-day visitors.
The Space Needle Carillon clanged its 538 bells over 44 loudspeakers, and 2,000 balloons with “See You In Seattle” printed on them were released high into the air. Water-skiers gaily circled a course set up within the stadium, while aerialists rode a motorcycle on top of a cable running between the stadium and the Space Needle. Aerial bombs burst, raining tiny flags down upon the attendees, and 10 Air Force F-102s roared overhead.
The event was marred when one these crashed in Mountlake Terrace, killing two residents and destroying several homes.
Century 21 was truly a World's Fair. In addition to a major science exhibit and dozens of corporate and state exhibits, 59 countries were represented in 20 foreign exhibits. It featured the Space Needle and Monorail, which would become Seattle landmarks. The fairgrounds would become the Seattle Center.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sound Transit is considering a Fare increase for its services. 2005 was the last fare increase for ST, while the surrounding 3 agencies in which areas ST serves have done so 2-3 times in the same time frame. They are looking to make County line fares instead of Zone fares. There will be one fare to travel within county lines ($2.50), and another to cross them ($3.50). The also want to raise (in my opinion) the already overpriced LINK fares as well by $0.25. Sounder fares seem to not be included in this fare increase. The info is here, along with ways for the public to comment.