The Voice for Industry
|October 16, 2008|
||Sound Transit + Parking = ???
First, the good news - Sound Transit's Link Light Rail service will come to SODO in 2009. But what will that mean for local business owners and employees in SODO who will find themselves competing with Sound Transit customers for scarce SODO parking spots?
Local impacts involving parking and related Metro transit service issues will be the subjects of a Forum, Thursday, November 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mezza Café at the Starbucks Center at 1st and Lander. Representatives from the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Sound Transit and Metro will be on hand to present information and answer questions.
The advent of Link Light Rail will activate the two Sound Transit stations that presently stand vacant in SODO located on the 5th Ave Busway with a stop at Lander near the US Post Office facility and Royal Brougham near the sports stadiums. The stations will provide great service into downtown Seattle and may prove especially attractive to "hide-and-ride" transit users who will hope to park for free in SODO to avoid the high costs of parking downtown.
Sound Transit is working with Metro and local governments throughout the region and with Metro to help deal with station-related issues. SODO poses challenges that are unique along the Link Light Rail routes. These include SODO's close proximity to downtown Seattle, the community's reliance on street parking, the shortage of off-street parking facilities and the limitations on bus transit service that help to perpetuate drive-alone commuting.
The forum will be structured to provide a collaborative environment for exchanging information and answering questions. The event is sponsored by the Duwamish Transportation Management Association and is open to the public. Admission is free. For more information call 206-762-2470.
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