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4/28/2006



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Sound Transit board OKs University Link plans



Yesterday, the Sound Transit board approved a plan to extend light-rail service to the University of Washington using existing tax dollars and a $700 million Federal Transit Administration grant, which Sound Transit will apply for.

A subset of the proposed North Link route, the $1.5 billion University Link would extend light-rail service 3.2 miles and connect downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. The line is expected to increase daily ridership from 45,000 to more than 114,000.

The board also approved a 7.4-mile North Link route that would extend from downtown Seattle to Northgate. Funding for the remainder of the North Link project will be included in a regional transit and roads ballot measure that will go before voters in 2007.



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