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Bob Wodnik with Joni Earl at Town Hall Seattle

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo of Sound Transit light rail trains

Photo of Bob Wodnik

Bob Wodnik

Photo of Joni Earl and Ahmad Fazel

Joni Earl and Ahmad Fazel
(photo courtesy of Sound Transit)


Bob Wodnik, the author of Back on Track: Sound Transit’s Fight to Save Light Rail, and former Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl will offer an inside look at Sound Transit’s fight for survival and how she was able to pull the organization from the brink of closure.

With light rail estimates well beyond the voter-approved total, a fledgling Sound Transit faced angry opposition and teetered near collapse—until a new executive director rallied team members, secured a crucial federal grant, publicly confronted critics, and revised the budget. Her team navigated lawsuits and complex demands to deliver the promised system, and today the public transportation agency’s trains and buses serve nearly 50 million passengers each year.

“A true cliff-hanging tale, a page-turner with inspiring heroes and ax-wielding critics.”—Westside Seattle

Back on Track author Bob Wodnik is a former Puget Sound reporter and columnist who received the Blethen Award for feature writing and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Pacific Northwest Society of Professional Journalists. He witnessed events as Sound Transit’s senior communications specialist from 1999 to 2017. To recount their story and detail challenges and solutions, he utilizes in-depth interviews with the start-up era’s major players. In particular, he profiles Joni Earl, who became the driving force behind saving Link light rail and its $3 billion program—one that today averages more than 76,000 riders every weekday.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 2/26/2020 7:30 PM
Presented by: Town Hall Seattle
Ticket Price: $5 General Admission | Free for Youth 22 and Under



February 26
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
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