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Seattle opens new light rail system, residents get a new “Link”

Seattle opened a new light rail system this weekend, and it was a smashing success by all accounts. Ridership from the inaugural weekend was over 90,000, and the system is settling into normal revenue service today. Read all about it from fellow Streetsblog Network member Seattle Transit Blog, and check out a huge batch of photos from opening weekend in their Flickr group pool.

Big crowd Originally uploaded by Mike Bjork
DSC_5700 Originally uploaded by Seattle Transit Blog

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  1. Rob

    15 years ago

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. MPC

    15 years ago

    Look at all those white people.

  3. Stephen Lee Davis

    15 years ago

    MPC, don’t know from where I sit if you’re a Seattleite, but King County is about 75% white, 13% Asian, and 6% African-American. I’d imagine that has a notable effect on the population seen in the pictures. Is that the point you were trying to make?

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  5. Ernest B. Cohen

    15 years ago

    We have a pretty good public transportation system in the Philadelphia area, but nothing new for the past several decades. Perhaps this will inspire our local politicians to get more electrically operated transit into the region.

  6. Cool Breeze

    15 years ago

    I am glad to see so many Caucasions on mass transit. Where population density is sufficient the trains need to be utilized by all of OUR people of all races! Seattle and Washington State are a great example for the rest of the nation to follow. I am from Southeast USA and am envious of these services.