Long-Range Plan update
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The region's population is projected to grow 30 percent by 2040. Join the conversation about how to maintain the region's mobility, economy and environment.
How, when and where should mass transit continue to grow after current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023? The process now underway to update the Long-Range Plan will identify the public's priorities for future services and destinations and will also begin to explore when future expansions should occur and how to pay for them.
Sound Transit is updating the Long-Range Plan for regional transit. Voters in Central Puget Sound approved the formation of Sound Transit to develop a high-capacity transportation system for the region, where about 40 percent of the state's residents live. The Long-Range Plan (LRP) is the vision for how the system should grow over many decades after current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023.
Last fall, as the Sound Transit Board kicked off the process to update the Plan, more than 12,000 people provided input to Sound Transit on where mass transit should go when current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023.
Based on this feedback, Sound Transit developed a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS).
Public input provided on the DSEIS will help guide the Sound Transit Board's decisions when the Long-Range Plan is updated this December. Once updated, the Plan will shape potential future ballot measures for consideration by voters across the region.
Goals of the Long-Range Plan:
- Provide a public high capacity transit system that helps ensure long-term mobility, connectivity and convenience
- Strengthen communities' use of the regional transit system
- Create a financially feasible system
- Improve the economic vitality of the region
- Preserve and promote a healthy and sustainable environment
Sound Transit is a critical part of the region's transportation system
Everyone - from employers, manufacturers, and farmers, to parents driving their kids to school and soccer practice - needs a transportation system that works.
Every day, Sound Transit trains and express buses provide more than 100,000 rides to work, school and community services. These regional services are closely integrated with local transit services and the State's investments in ferries and highways.
Transit will become even more vital as our population grows by a million people by 2040, greatly increasing the demand for service.
Transit helps everyone by moving thousands of people who would otherwise drive. Congestion-free commuting options also improve our regional economy because having an effective transportation system makes it more attractive for businesses to locate and expand here.
Did you know?
Daily ridership on Sound Transit is projected to increase to nearly 350,000 in 2030 following the completion of more than 30 miles of light rail expansions.
Why update the Long-Range Plan now?
Transit can dramatically expand our region's transportation capacity, yet these major infrastructure investments take years to deliver.
- Planning and public involvement to shape ballot measure: 3 years
- Environmental review and route design: 4-6 years
- Final design and property acquisition: 2-3 years
- Construction: 5+ years
Updating the Long-Range Plan sets the stage for a future ballot measure. Starting the process now makes it possible to plan and design new transit expansions at the same time currently funded projects are under construction. This could speed up the delivery of new transit service to more communities.
When could Puget Sound vote on another transit expansion?
The Sound Transit Board will decide whether and when to initiate a ballot measure on proposed expansions. Any significant new expansion before the 2030s will require new revenue sources. Updating the Long-Range Plan will help set the stage to explore future funding options. As Sound Transit explores system expansion options and seeks public input, the Board will begin working with the legislature to discuss revenue options.
Phone: 206- 903-7000
Comment by mail: Sound Transit, Attn: Karin Ertl, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104
Draft SEIS Reader's Guide
Jul 7, 2014: Guide to help navigate the Draft SEIS, which lists where to find information on particular topics, and provides general information about the process to update the Long-Range Plan.
Project update: Long-Range Plan
Jun 17, 2014: Upcoming open house/public hearing dates