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A ‘Week Without Driving’ Is a Year-Round Experience for Some King County Residents

by Lizz Giordano


For Kris Colcock, a 20-minute appointment may take all day to complete — and several buses. Colcock, who is blind and lives on Bainbridge Island, relies mainly on public transportation to get around. 

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Sound Transit Fare Enforcement Plan Could Send Riders to Court & Collections

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


This Thursday, April 7, Sound Transit’s executive committee will take up a proposed new fare enforcement policy that would reinstate fines of up to $124 and impose legal penalties against riders who repeatedly fail to pay their fares. The new policy, if adopted, will go into effect on Sept. 1.

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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.”

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Connecting the South End and North End and the John Lewis Memorial Bridge

by Lizz Giordano


South King County residents now have a new travel option to the University of Washington’s campus and Northgate, one that will offer a reliable travel time through one of the region’s most congested areas — downtown Seattle. 

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Sound Transit launched three more light rail stations, stretching the line to roughly 25 miles from Angle Lake to Northgate Mall. 

Thousands of people streamed through the new extension over the weekend, clapping and cheering as trains pulled into Northgate Station. For now, Northgate marks the northern terminus point until Lynnwood Link opens and trains begin running into Snohomish County — sometime in 2024, according to current projections. 

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The Morning Update Show — 9/16/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Thursday, Sept. 16

Sound Transit Testing “Fare Ambassadors” on Link Light Rail | Colleen Echohawk Named Interim CEO at YouthCare | Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month | Support Black Business

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NEWS GLEAMS: Vaccines, South King Co. Link Station Survey, Internship for Black Youth

curated by Emerald Staff

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle! 


COVID-19 Vaccination Locations & Access Options

King County Fire District #20 Vaccine Pop-Up in Skyway — King County Fire District #20 is hosting weekly walk-up vaccine clinics in Skyway from May 19 to June 23. Beginning today, Wednesday, May 19, at 9 a.m. at the KC Fire District #20 Administration Office, individuals ages 12 and up can receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine!

The second pop-up has been rescheduled from Wednesday, May 26 to Tuesday, May 25.

For more information, check out the flyer above!

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King County Council Rejects Redundant Bus Line Funding in North End, Citing Equity Needs

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article was originally published by PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.) 


On Thursday, the King County Council shelved a proposal by North Seattle Councilmember Rod Dembowski that would have kept 47,000 hours of bus service inside Dembowski’s district after the Northgate light rail station opens next year. The proposal came in the form of a budget proviso, or restriction on spending, that would have withheld $5.4 million in funding for King County Metro unless the bus service went to North King County.

The hours will become available because King County Metro is shutting down its Route 41 bus line, which duplicates the light rail route. Instead of being redistributed throughout North Seattle to feed commuters to the new light rail line, as Dembowski proposed, those hours are likely to go to South King County, where King County Metro’s preliminary report on equity shows the need is greatest.

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