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11/12/2003



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Sound Transit begins Central Link construction



On Nov. 8, Sound Transit broke ground on its 14-mile Central Link light-rail project.

Scheduled for completion in 2009, the project will serve downtown Seattle, the industrial area south of the city and surrounding neighborhoods. The project recently received a $500 million full funding grant agreement from Federal Transit Administration.

Sound Transit officials project the initial segment will carry 42,000 daily passengers by 2020. Sound Transit officials currently are planning a south extension to Sea-Tac International Airport and reviewing the draft supplemental environmental impact statement to determine a north-extension route.


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