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Sound Transit signs off on long-term expansion plan


Last week, Sound Transit’s board adopted the Sound Transit 2 Draft Package, which outlines service expansions and other system improvements for the next several years.

The plan calls for adding more than 40 miles of light-rail lines by extending lines north from the University of Washington to Lynnwood; south from Sea-Tac International Airport to the Port of Tacoma area; and east through Bellevue to Redmond’s Overlake Transit Center.

The plan also proposes funds to begin preliminary work on extensions to downtown Redmond, Tacoma and Everett; add parking and improve other infrastructure at Sounder commuter-rail and ST Express bus facilities; and build a streetcar line in downtown Seattle connecting the international District, First Hill and Capitol Hill.

The board will seek public input on the plan in February and March, then draft a final plan that will go before area voters in November as part of a regional transit package. The agency proposes to fund the plan through a 0.5 percent sales tax increase.

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