Friday, April 27, 2012

Sound Transit board identifies route, station options to study for Lynnwood light-rail expansion

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Seattle's Sound Transit Board of Directors identified potential station locations for staff to study as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for light rail between Northgate and the Lynnwood Transit Center. The DEIS will also look more closely at impacts associated with the alignment running along the I-5 corridor.

The DEIS will examine impacts and benefits associated with building stations at the following locations along I-5:

• NE 130th Street
• NE 145th Street
• NE 155th Street
• NE 185th Street
• 220th Street SW
• 236th Street SW
• Lynnwood Transit Center

Other areas of study include alignment, profile and station design issues. Sound Transit will also seek to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential impacts of the project as the project moves forward. The DEIS is scheduled to be complete in spring 2013.

Last month, Sound Transit completed the latest phase of public outreach, which included ongoing consultation with local governments and ten "listening stations" in North King County and South Snohomish County. Nearly 500 community members engaged staff to gather information and have their opinions known about future light-rail options along the I-5 corridor. That input, as well as ongoing analysis, helped inform the Sound Transit board's decision.

The line is part of the Sound Transit 2 extensions to the north, east and south approved by voters in 2008. It is scheduled to open in 2023.

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