Then Joni Earl stepped in. The new executive director rallied team members, secured a crucial $500 million federal grant, publicly confronted critics, and presented a realistic revised budget. She and her team navigated lawsuits, complex demands made by impacted locations, and expanding expectations of outlying communities.
Earl, with support from Link executive director Ahmad Fazel and Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, delivered Sound Transit's promised light rail system in July 2009. A resounding success, its trains and buses annu.