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KNKX, along with NPR, will bring you all the information you will need as we close in on Election Day 2016. Stay up to date with local and national issues along with stories about how this election cycle will affect you and your family here in Washington and around the world.Also be sure to check out our series on Sound Transit's Proposition 1, also known as Sound Transit 3. You can read more about ST3 and this series here. Be sure to stay up-to-date with our national coverage too by clicking here.

Growth In Seattle And Denver Spurs Need For Transit

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"The Oxford/City of Sheridan RTD Light Rail Station" (left) and "Link Light Rail Seattle - Opening Day" (right) are licensed under CC BY 2.0

In a few weeks, voters in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties will make a decision about Regional Proposition 1, also known as Sound Transit 3. But in 2004, voters in eight Colorado counties approved their own rail expansion called FasTracks.

Census data show that both the Seattle and Denver regions were among the top five fastest growing metro areas last year. Both areas have also largely focused on rail as a solution to congestion.

In the fifth part of our series, Sound Transit 3: The $54 Billion Question, reporter Simone Alicea talks to Colorado Public Radio's Nathan Heffel about the FasTracks rollout and why the price tag in Denver was so much smaller.

For more details about the Denver and Seattle transit expansions, see the chart below. Please refresh page if the chart does not load. 



A Seattle native and former KNKX intern, Simone Alicea spent four years as a producer and reporter at KNKX. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University and covered breaking news for the Chicago Sun-Times. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.