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4/27/2007



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Sound Transit completes project list for transit ballot measure


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After more than two years of planning, the Sound Transit board has completed a list of proposed projects for the Roads & Transit ballot measure, which will go before Seattle-area voters in November. The Sound Transit 2 plan includes building 50 miles of light rail, improving commuter-rail facilities and expanding bus service.

Sound Transit proposes to extend light-rail service north from the University of Washington to Northgate, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynwood; south through Des Moines, Federal Way and Fifte to the Tacoma Dome; and across Lake Washington to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond.

The plan also includes funds to add parking and make other improvements to Sounder commuter-rail and ST Express bus facilities, add streetcar service in downtown Seattle to connect the International District, First Hill and Capitol Hill areas, extend Sounder commuter-rail service to Thurston County and study additional transit extensions.

If approved, the $10.9 billion plan would be funded through a 0.5 percent regional sales tax increase.



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