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New Way To Move

Cutting Congestion In Seattle, Washington, USA Required Extending The Light Rail System—And Shoring Up Public Support

The daily commute can be a real grind. In the United States, the average time for traveling to and from work is approaching 27 minutes each way, the longest it's ever been. It's even worse in Seattle, Washington, where a population explosion over the past decade has created the fourth-worst congestion in the U.S., according to navigation products maker TomTom. To help ease the gridlock, Sound Transit launched a light rail extension project to the University of Washington in 2009. As part of a 15-year infrastructure program, this US$1.9 billion initiative aimed to connect downtown Seattle with the densely populated Capitol Hill neighborhood and the university's Husky Stadium roughly 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) away.
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