connecting West Seattle with Seattle's
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Imagine stepping into a cabin in the Alaska Junction (or Avalon or Delridge), taking a seat, then gliding over tree tops and traffic, and arriving at the SODO Link Light Rail station in just 14 minutes any time a day.
From SODO, you are 26 minutes on Link from SeaTac Airport or you can continue your gondola ride for 3 minutes to the International District Transit Hub.
At the International District, you can board Link for a quick ride to downtown stations, a 13 minute ride to University of Washington, or a 20 minute ride to Bellevue. Or you can catch a bus, train, or street car.
SkyLink is an urban gondola we propose as an alternative to the expensive, intrusive light rail system that Sound Transit is planning for West Seattle. Once approved, it can be built in just two years, at a cost that is 1/10th of Sound Transit's plan.
With the Seattle area’s rapid growth, traffic congestion has become a major problem. This is especially true for West Seattle as traffic funnels through a few bridges. This increases travel time, emissions, and stress for drivers as well as transit riders who rely on buses traveling on the same congested routes.
Sound Transit proposed building a light rail to connect West Seattle to its regional transit network. As it would run on an exclusive pathway, it would offer West Seattle a more dependable, faster, public transit option. However, light rail entails lengthy and costly construction since it requires a new bridge across the Duwamish and a high, elevated guiderail through hilly, densely developed West Seattle. As a result, light rail would not be available until 2031 to the Stadium Link station and would not connect to downtown or with the Eastside Link train directly until 2036 – dates which most likely will be delayed even further due to Sound Transit’s $11.5 budget shortfall.
SkyLink could provide the fast, dependable transit promised – only much sooner and for $2 billion less.
Check out the comparison.