Tag Archives: Light Rail Accident

Sound Transit Eliminates Design That Made South End Light Rail Most Dangerous Stretch

by Lizz Giordano


Sound Transit plans to elevate or bury future light rail routes rather than run them along the street. This design choice comes 20 years after the transit agency laid down track in the middle of 4.5 miles of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, making that segment the most dangerous in the system.

“In general, future projects are to be designed as aerial or tunnel guideways,” said John Gallagher, a spokesperson for Sound Transit, in an email. “For projects not currently under construction or in planning, Link light rail crossings will be grade separated moving forward.”

Continue reading Sound Transit Eliminates Design That Made South End Light Rail Most Dangerous Stretch

A Light Rail Train Was Bearing Down on Them — They Had No Idea.

by Lizz Giordano


As Steven Wayne and Emoke Rock crossed the light rail tracks near the Columbia City Station last summer, they were unaware a light rail train was barreling toward them about to hit and kill the couple, according to a recently completed investigation of the July 2 collision.

“At no point does either pedestrian make any movement to get out of the path of the train or acknowledge its presence,” concludes the “Final Accident Report” written by King County Metro Transit. The bus agency is contracted by the light rail agency to operate the trains. 

The report is sparking renewed discussions about pedestrian safety along the light rail corridor, a critical conversation for Rainier Valley residents. 

Continue reading A Light Rail Train Was Bearing Down on Them — They Had No Idea.