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9/25/2006



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Sound Transit launches construction on light-rail extension to airport



Last week, Sound Transit and the Port of Seattle broke ground on a project designed to extend light-rail service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The parties will extend the 14-mile Seattle-to-Tukwila, Wash., Central Link light-rail line — which currently is under construction — 1.7 miles to the airport. Scheduled to be complete in December 2009, the extension will open in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The airport station will be built adjacent to an existing parking garage. An elevated walkway will connect the station to the fourth level of the garage, and another walkway will connect the station to the SeaTac City Center and a passenger pick-up and drop-off area.



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