Friday, July 19, 2024

When Transit Displaces Those It Seeks to Serve

Seattle is working to improve public transportation by expanding its light rail system in the Rainier Valley. However, residents are concerned about the rising cost of living that may come with the new service. This is especially true for the area’s renters, who often have lower levels of education and work in low-paying jobs. To address this issue, Sound Transit plans to use unused land leftover after construction to create affordable housing. With 62 new stations planned by 2041, it remains to be seen if this policy will be effective in easing the financial burden of residents.