Credit: Vimeo/Sound Transit

Amazing! A tunnel, under Seattle, with a passenger train going through it, and it works!

Imagine going from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, to Capitol Hill, to the University of Washington, in less than 8 minutes — no traffic delays, no bridge openings to slow you down, no rush hour gridlock, no lane closures due to road construction. It’s not a dream — it’s happening!

This new 3-minute video from Sound Transit shows a train zooming through the tunnel from deserted station to station at 55 miles an hour. It’s the Capitol Hill-to-UW phase of the 3.1-mile rail line between Westlake and the new station next to Husky Stadium. They’re already testing the trains and the tunnel; sometime early next year you’ll be able to actually ride it.

This part of our light rail system will open ahead of schedule ant $150 million below budget. Then, later next year, the southern spur, from SeaTac Airport south to a new Angle Lake Station. And a little farther out, in 2021, the line will push northward to Northgate, and a couple of years after that, up to Lynnwood and east to Bellevue. Finally!

Read more in this Seattle Times story.

About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.