Project phases: Federal Way Link Extension

Lifecycle of typical transit project.

Expected timeline: mid 2012 to mid 2013

The goal of the alternative analysis is to identify several possible routes and station locations, evaluate their benefits and impacts and collect public feedback.

  • Sound Transit held public and agency scoping meetings in November 2012 to collect input about possible routes and station locations (alternatives). The 30-day public comment period ended November 19th.
  • Sound Transit reviews data and input from the public and other agencies to analyze the benefits and impacts of each alternative.
  • Sound Transit Board identifies a short list of alternatives to examine more closely in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and conceptual engineering
Expected timeline: mid 2013 to mid 2015

  • Sound Transit completes conceptual engineering to learn about the technical issues and challenges that may come up with each alternative.
  • Sound Transit Draft EIS pubished on April 10, 2015 that describes the benefits and impacts of each alternative.
  • Sound Transit asks for input during a public comment period and records all comments received during this time.
  • Using the information in the Draft EIS and public comment, the Sound Transit Board identifies a preferred route and station locations (a preferred alternative).

Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preliminary engineering
Expected timeline: mid 2015 to late 2016

  • Sound Transit publishes a Final EIS describing the benefits and impacts of each alternative, and listing and responding to all public comments about the Draft EIS.
  • Using the information in the Final EIS, the Sound Transit Board selects the project to be built.  All Sound Transit Board meetings are open to the public.
  • The Federal Transit Administration issues a Record of Decision (ROD) finalizing the route and station locations and completing the environmental process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Sound Transit completes preliminary engineering from South 200th Street in SeaTac to the Federal Way Transit Center in downtown Federal Way.