Construction is well underway for light rail from Seattle to Bellevue by 2023 — a corridor approved by voters in 2008. This cantilevered bridge being built over Interstate 90 illustrates how difficult the engineering and construction can be. This view looks southwest toward Mercer Island.
(Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Construction is well underway for light rail from Seattle to Bellevue by 2023 -- a corridor approved by voters in 2008. This cantilevered bridge being built over Interstate 90 illustrates how difficult the engineering and construction can be. This view looks southwest toward Mercer Island. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Could Sound Transit build light rail faster? Yes, but it's not easy.

Typical light-rail construction schedules of five to 10 years can’t be compressed much, and planning and engineering in the Seattle area take just as long. Here are some strategies that could deliver projects sooner.

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