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Project updates: Lynnwood Link Extension

Sep 14, 2018

Federal funding update, summer outreach recap

Federal funding allocation of $100 million announced

Last Friday, Sept. 7, Sound Transit announced welcome news from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) indicating the agency's allocation of $100 million in FY 2018 capital investment grant funding for the Lynnwood Link light rail extension. The $100 million in FY 2018 funding for Lynnwood Link follows $100 million in FY 2017 funding that was appropriated by Congress. The FTA and Sound Transit must finalize the full funding grant agreement (FFGA) before the agency can access these first two installments of the $1.17 billion grant. Sound Transit applauds the administration and congressional delegation as work continues to finalize $1.17 billion full funding grant agreement.

Summer outreach

Over the past few months, the team has engaged with the community in-person and online. We saw 900 of you in-person: at three open houses in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood early in the summer, and three community festivals across the corridor - Tour de Terrace, Celebrate Shoreline, and Lynnwood's Fair on 44th. More than 4,000 of you visited our online open house to understand current designs and construction planning. We've answered many questions about project timelines, designs, and more. We look forward to seeing more of you in the community.

Sep 6, 2018

New project publications

Two new publications about the Lynnwood Link Extension are posted on the web project page and are ready for your review and information.

A new project folio replaces the project fact sheet and includes new station images, an updated route map with adopted station names and color coded service lines, revised project schedule and future ride times. 

More transit, more trees describes Sound Transit's tree replacement program for the Lynnwood Link Extension including an overview of our work with project partners and jurisdictions along the corridor, proposed planting plan and why some trees will be removed to make room for the future tracks and construction.

The final design phase of the project will be completed by the end of the year, construction preparation starts early next year and major construction begins in mid-2019.

Jul 23, 2018

Reminder – Last summer open house tomorrow!

Join us at the final open house this summer in Lynnwood on July 25.  See what's new, including:

  • Designs for the Lynnwood City Center Station.
  • Cost-efficient project refinements and the latest plans. 
  • Work to prepare for the start of construction.
  • Project activities you’ll see this year and how to stay connected.

Visit the online open house before it closes on 7/30: www.lynnwoodlink.participate.online

Lynnwood // Wednesday, July 25 // 6-8 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center // 3711 196th Street SW, Lynwood

A short presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Jul 5, 2018

Early demolition work starting soon

Early demolition work for the Lynnwood Link Extension is scheduled to begin in late July in Lynnwood on Sound Transit owned properties adjacent to the transit center. Structures to be removed will be the former Black Angus and McDonald's Fine Furniture buildings on 46th Avenue West. This demolition will begin in late July and last approximately two months.

A total of five sites in Lynnwood, Shoreline and Seattle are scheduled for early demolition over the next six months starting from north to south. Demolition work will take place during normal daytime work hours and the crews will make every effort to minimize noise, dust and debris to the extent possible. Street and local access will be maintained during this time.

As part of Sound Transit's commitment to sustainability, authorized salvage companies have removed materials prior to demolition. A small neighborhood plant salvage event took place in April and clean wood, metal, concrete or other usable demolition debris will be recycled by the contractor.

This early demolition work is an important step in the Lynnwood Link Extension. It will help clear the path for construction activities slated to begin in mid-2019 and minimize any potential unauthorized activity at these sites.

Sound Transit's Community Outreach team is reaching out to notify nearby property owners in advance of work where necessary. If you have questions, please give us a call or send us an email (contact information included below).

Jun 5, 2018

Attend an upcoming open house

Check out the latest design for your future station, learn about next steps and stay connected.

Go online or attend an open house to learn about:

  • New cost-efficient station and project designs.
  • Work to secure critical federal funding and start of construction scheduled for early 2019.
  • Project activities you’ll see this year and how to stay connected.

Mountlake Terrace // Wednesday, June 13 // 6-8 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace Senior Center // 23000 Lakeview Dr., Mountlake Terrace

Shoreline/Seattle // Wednesday, June 27 // 6-8 p.m.
Shorewood High School // 17300 Fremont Ave. N., Shoreline

Lynnwood // Wednesday, July 25 // 6-8 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center // 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood

A short presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Can't make it to a meeting? Participate online!

Visit our online open house at your convenience at lynnwoodlink.participate.online.

May 7, 2018

SEPA Addendum now available

Sound Transit has prepared a State Environmental Policy Act Addendum for the Lynnwood Link Extension. This Addendum adds to the Lynnwood Link Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement issued in April 2015 by describing and evaluating proposed design refinements, new information related to construction, and new information related to mitigation.

Copies of the Addendum are available for review at Sound Transit offices and on the Sound Transit website at www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/Environment-and-sustainability/Environmental-planning-documents. To request a CD copy or for further information about this Addendum email project staff at LynnwoodLink@soundtransit.org.

Be on the lookout for an invitation to station and project design open house meetings this summer.

May 7, 2018

SEPA Addendum now available

Sound Transit has prepared a State Environmental Policy Act Addendum for the Lynnwood Link Extension. This Addendum adds to the Lynnwood Link Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement issued in April 2015 by describing and evaluating proposed design refinements, new information related to construction, and new information related to mitigation.

Copies of the Addendum are available for review at Sound Transit offices and on the Sound Transit website at www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/Environment-and-sustainability/Environmental-planning-documents. To request a CD copy or for further information about this Addendum email project staff at LynnwoodLink@soundtransit.org.

Be on the lookout for an invitation to station and project design open house meetings this summer.

Mar 28, 2018

Project momentum continues toward construction

Project design refinements maximize savings, project poised to begin construction later this year

Sound Transit continues to refine and finalize the design of the Lynnwood Link Extension track and stations. This is an ongoing effort with input and collaboration from multiple partner agencies, engineers, contractors and artists.

Last year, cost estimates to complete construction of the Lynnwood Link Extension were higher than planned. The project team worked with its partner agencies to find potential design refinements that will help reduce costs while maintaining the project scale and scope:

  • 8.5 miles of Link light rail service between Northgate and Lynnwood
  • 4 stations: Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, Mountlake Terrance Transit Center and Lynnwood Transit Center

Stay tuned for upcoming informational forums this summer, where more details about the latest designs of each station will be shared as the project nears the 90 percent design milestone.

Work to secure federal funding

In addition to preparing for construction, we continue to work with our federal partners to secure $1.17 billion in Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Earlier this month, the agency submitted a formal Full Funding Grant Agreement application, kicking off a negotiation on a final agreement that we expect can be executed this summer.

While due diligence toward successful execution of this grant is ongoing, we received promising news last week that the President has signed a spending bill that includes funding for the CIG program. We will continue working with members of our Congressional delegation to advance our application.

Did you know?

Lynnwood Link will be gearing up for active pre-construction work throughout this year, with major work anticipated to start in late 2018. You can expect to receive project-wide updates about construction this fall. In the meantime, we are actively working with the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood to get ready for construction. You may receive more local information regarding preconstruction activities such as utility work, demolition, clearing, grading and permitting processes in your neighborhood.

Some of these activities include:

  • Plant salvage events
  • Property acquisition
  • Community meetings
  • Localized pre-construction activities, such as clearing and grading
  • Field work, including geotechnical borings and survey work

Looking ahead to the rest of 2018

Spring 2018

  • Design continues toward construction-ready plans

Summer 2018

  • Localized demolition
  • Informational forums in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood
  • Design continues toward construction-ready plans

Late 2018

  • Construction begins

See entire project schedule »

Jul 28, 2017

Permanent station names adopted

On Thursday, July 27, the Sound Transit Board adopted the permanent names for the four stations of the Lynnwood Link Extension.

From south to north:

  • Shoreline South/145th
  • Shoreline North/185th
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Lynnwood City Center

A significant amount of public input was received on station names for the Lynnwood Link Extension. We received more than 7,500 station naming suggestions at 30 percent station design open house meetings in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood in November 2016, and through an online survey in April 2017. Thank you so much for your input – it helped us reach this important decision!

60 percent design open houses completed in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace

We wanted to extend a thank you to community members who attended our open house meetings in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace on May 24 and June 28. The open house meetings offered opportunities for the community to get involved by having conversations directly with project staff. An online open house was also available between May 24 and July 28 for those that could not make the in-person meetings and wanted to review and comment on the latest station designs. Overall, more than 3,200 community members participated in the 60 percent final design open houses so far.

Design work at the Lynnwood Transit Center has required more intensive coordination than anticipated between our project partners at the City of Lynnwood, Community Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit Express Bus. A station design open house meeting for Lynnwood is anticipated to take place this fall as the project continues through the final design phase.

Jun 26, 2017

Join us! Mountlake Terrace station design open house

Attend the next station design open house in Mountlake Terrace on Wednesday as the Lynnwood Link project continues through the final design phase. Final design offers many opportunities for residents, neighborhood organizations, property owners and businesses to get involved. Attend the open house or go online to see updated images of your future light rail station.

At the meeting, ask questions and give your feedback on:

  • Station designs.
  • The latest project plans.
  • Project benefits and potential impacts.
  • The public art program.
  • Corridor design and related projects.

Meeting information:

Mountlake Terrace Open House

When: Wednesday, June 28

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Nile Shrine Country Club

6601 244th St S.W., Mountlake Terrace 98043

Stop by anytime.

A brief presentation starts at 6:10 p.m.

Future meetings: 

Lynnwood Open House

When: Fall

Can't make it to a meeting? Participate online!

Visit our online open house at your convenience at lynnwoodlink.participate.online.

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