Project updates: Lynnwood Link Extension

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.

May 18, 2017

Join us! Shoreline/Seattle Station design open house

Lynnwood Link is continuing through final design, the process that advances design work from approximately 30 percent to 100 percent completion. Final design offers many opportunities for residents, neighborhood organizations, property owners and businesses to get involved. Attend the station design open house in your area to see updated images of your future light rail station.

Attend the meeting and ask questions and give your feedback on:

  • Station designs.
  • Lynnwood Link Extension project plans.
  • Project benefits and potential impacts.
  • Public art.
  • Corridor design and related projects.

Meeting information:

Shoreline/Seattle Open House

When: Wednesday, May 24

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Shorewood High School
17300 Fremont Ave. N.
Shoreline 98133

Stop by anytime.

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

Other upcoming meetings:

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

Lynnwood Open House

When: Late summer / early fall.

To be announced soon.

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

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

May 5, 2017

April showers brought May flowers!

Lynnwood Link is moving forward

Welcome to the latest Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) project update. These email updates are one of the best ways to stay current with the LLE project and opportunities for public involvement, so please stay tuned!

Current Phase: the LLE project is in final design phase with work underway to refine the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The project’s 30 percent design was completed in fall 2016 with 60 percent scheduled for this spring. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018 with service opening in 2023.

Plant and hardscape salvage!

Community event focused on sustainability

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Sound Transit hosted a one-day plant salvage in April at the future Lynnwood Link site. More than 35 community members, equipped with shovels, pots and gloves showed up to take home hedges, hardscape and flowers. Thanks to the neighborhood (and staff volunteers) for braving the spring wind and drizzle to make this event successful!

Cart with plants and a birdhouse.

Plants in a cart.

Plant salvage field work.

Ongoing fieldwork!

Work will continue in 2017 and you may see crews in your neighborhood

During 2017, Sound Transit will continue collecting information from the field to advise our engineers and project staff. You may see teams with orange vests and hard hats near the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood. Those crews will be completing a variety of activities including utility potholing, geotechnical drilling and land and tree surveys. For descriptions of the work, please see the May 21, 2015 project update.

Sound Transit's Community Outreach team is reaching out to notify property owners in advance of work where necessary. If you have questions, please give us a call at 206-398-5300 or email lynnwoodlink@soundtransit.org.

Mar 22, 2017

Station naming wrapping up

Last chance to help name your future station

Time is running out! You have one last chance to send us your suggestions for naming the Lynnwood Link light rail stations. Take this survey and let us know the best station name from the narrowed list of the names we have heard so far or add your own suggestion. For more information on the station naming criteria, please see our Station Naming display board (last in the file) from the November 2016 open houses.

Sound Transit received over 650 station name suggestions during its open houses in November 2016.

The Sound Transit Board is expected to adopt station names this spring or summer. We will send out notifications with the results.

Mar 13, 2017

March means Spring!

The Lynnwood Link Extension moving forward

Welcome to the Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) email list if you are a newcomer and thank you to those who have already been receiving these updates. Email updates continue to be one of the best ways to stay updated on the LLE project and opportunities for public involvement, so stay tuned!

Current Phase: the LLE project is in final design phase and working to refine the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The 30 percent, 60 percent and 90 percent (ready for construction) milestones during this phase are associated with a general level of design "completeness." The 30 percent design was completed in fall 2016 with 60 percent scheduled for this spring. The LLE project anticipates starting construction in late 2018 and opening for service in 2023.

Watch for upcoming meetings!

60 percent station design open houses coming this spring/summer

Coming up this spring or summer the LLE project outreach team will host open houses and an online open house featuring the 60 percent station designs, a project update and an opportunity for public comment. Watch for the meeting dates! These meetings will be an excellent opportunity to speak directly with project staff, hear the latest project information and provide your feedback on the designs.

If you were unable to make the November 2016 30 percent open houses or are interested in reviewing the materials displayed, please visit our document archive.

Get to know the artists!

145th and 185th Station artists are on board

Sound Transit's art program, STart, integrates the work and thinking of artists into the station design process. Artists and their artwork create memorable experiences for transit riders and contribute to livable and walkable neighborhoods. To check out the existing artwork at Sound Transit stations, visit our STart Flickr site or see the pieces in person using one of the art guides here.

The Shoreline stations at Northeast 145th Street and Northeast 185th Street will be two of 33 stations in the Link light rail system when they open in 2023. The artwork commissioned for these facilities will help make them distinct and welcoming places. In 2016 an artist selection panel, that included Shoreline community members, chose two artists to join the stations' design teams.

Buster Simpson is a Seattle based, sculptor and environmental artist who is working on the NE 145th Station. Simpson's public art involves making site connections with the environment, landscape and the public. For more information, visit his website.

Artist Mary Lucking is working on the NE 185th Station. Lucking notes "art can make our shared public spaces more interesting, more beautiful and more humane." Incorporating these ideas into her artistic practice, she has created public art projects across the nation in urban and rural trails, neighborhood parks, college campuses and mass transit facilities. For more information, visit her website.

News about the art for the Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood stations is coming soon!

Ongoing fieldwork!

Work will continue in 2017 and you may see crews in your neighborhood

During 2017, Sound Transit will continue collecting information from the field to advise our engineers and project staff. You may see teams with orange vests and hard hats near the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood. They will be completing a variety of work activities including utility potholing, geotechnical drilling and land and tree surveys. For descriptions of these types of work, please see the May 21, 2015 project update.

Our Community Outreach team will be reaching out to notify property owners in advance of work where necessary and if you have questions, please give us a call or send us an email.

Jan 23, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) email list if you are a newcomer and thank you to those who have already been receiving these email updates. Email updates continue to be one of the best ways to stay updated on the LLE project and opportunities for public involvement, so stay tuned!

2016 was a busy year for the LLE project. Our staff, in coordination with jurisdictional and transit agency partners, started the LLE project's final design phase and began further refining the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The 30%, 60% and 90% (ready for construction) milestones during this phase are named for their association with a general level of design "completeness". 30% design was completed in the fall and we are working to finish 60% this spring. The LLE project anticipates starting early construction in late 2018 and opening for service in 2023.

Thank you for your feedback!

Summary of the 30 percent station design open houses

Project team and members of the public review documents at the 30 percent station design open houses in November 2016.

Project team and members of the public review documents at the 30 percent station design open houses in November 2016.

In November of 2016, the LLE project outreach team hosted three open houses and an online open house featuring the 30% station designs an update on project progress and an opportunity for public comment. Over 4,000 people actively engaged with the project during this time both in person or online.

Project staff received over 175 comments and answered many questions during these open houses. Topics included ridership, pedestrian and bike access, bus coordination, parking and general excitement about the project. All comments gathered from the public are being shared with the project design team as they continue with 60% design.

Coming up next will be an additional opportunity for public involvement when the project reaches the 60% final design milestone, anticipated for this spring. If you were not able to make the November 2016 open houses or are interested in reviewing the materials displayed, please visit our document archive.

Participation by the numbers

  • More than 400 people attended three public open houses
  • More than 3,750 participants visited an online open house
  • 177 narrative, written comments gathered in-person and from online comment forms
  • More than 650 station name suggestions submitted online and in-person

Ongoing fieldwork

Work will continue in 2017 and you may see crews in your neighborhood

A construction crew uses geotechnical drilling equipment.

A construction crew uses geotechnical drilling equipment.

During 2017, Sound Transit will continue to collect information from the field to inform our final design engineers or project staff. You may see teams with orange vests and hard hats near the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood completing a variety of work activities including utility potholing, geotechnical drilling, and land and tree surveys.  For descriptions of these types of work, please look back to our May 21, 2015 project update.

Our Community Outreach team will be reaching out to notify property owners in advance of work where necessary and if you have questions, please give us a call at 206-398-5300 or send us an email.

Aug 19, 2016

Changes to the Northeast 145th Street station site plan

With final design of the Lynnwood Link Extension underway, Sound Transit has been working with project partners to make modifications and improvements to early station site plans for the station at Northeast 145th Street. As a result of on-going coordination and discussions with King County Metro Transit, WSDOT and the City of Shoreline, the reconfigured site plan addresses bus and traffic circulation, accommodates future growth in bus service, improves passenger safety and reduces construction impacts.

Sound Transit will have new plans ready for public review and comment at public meetings in November when the station design process kicks off. Dates, times and locations for all three station design public meetings will be announced in mid-October.

Sound Transit has notified all property owners potentially impacted by the new modifications to the site plan. Adjacent residents and property owners will be briefed on the new plans and provided an opportunity to ask question in order to help prepare them to comment when the new plans are ready for public review in November.

The final design phase of the project started this spring and will continue to the start of construction in 2018. During final design changes and improvements to early project plans are expected.

Nov 23, 2015

Final design set to start, new video animation

Board action and approval

On Thursday, November 19, the Sound Transit Board of Directors approved the project and budget to move into the final design phase which is scheduled to start early next year. During the final design phase of the project, engineering and design work will be advanced on the trackway, stations, train control systems, and public art. At key design milestones, Sound Transit will engage with the public and project partners for input on a variety of project aspects including station designs and construction details.  

New video animation

Final design work will focus on the final route and stations identified by the Board earlier this year. A new video animation of the final route and stations is posted online here

Property acquisitions approved

A limited number of property acquisitions were approved by the Board at their meeting on 11/19. After all the affected property owners were notified, the Board approved this first round of acquisitions since the acquisition requirements for these parcels will not change as the plans advance during final design. For some property owners, this action responds to their requests to be considered for acquisition as early as possible and for others it brings some certainty to the timing of the process.  

Another round of acquisitions is expected to be approved by the Board around the middle of next year and after designs have progressed far enough for confirmation of the acquisition needs. A final round of acquisitions will need about 60% of final design to be completed before they can be authorized.  

Schedule overview 2016-2023

Early 2016 – Final design begins
Mid 2016 – Station design public meetings start
Mid 2016/2017 – Additional property acquisition confirmed, property owners notified
2018 – Construction begins
Late 2023 – Open for service

Jul 14, 2015

Record of Decision received: Next up, final design

On Friday July 10, the Federal Transit Administration issued a formal Record of Decision (ROD) to Sound Transit for the Lynnwood Link Extension. This important milestone completes the environmental review process, prepares the agency for final design early next year and takes the project one step closer to anticipated federal grant funding. The decision keeps the project on track to begin construction in 2018 and open in late 2023.
The ROD defines mitigation measures and other requirements for the project. A summary of environmental determinations and findings is included in the document.

Final design

Sound Transit is set to begin the final design phase of the Lynnwood Link Extension in early 2016 to advance designs on the project’s trackway, stations and art installations. In final design, milestones are associated with a general level of “completeness” of design: 30%, 60% and 100% (ready for construction). Around these milestones, Sound Transit will engage the public and project partners on a variety of project aspects, including station appearance and construction detail.

During final design, Sound Transit will prepare the project for construction by:

  • Developing station designs
  • Conducting additional field work
  • Acquiring permits
  • Incorporating art into project plans
  • Procuring right-of-way
  • Refining construction mitigation measures
  • Defining the construction sequence, schedule and methods
  • Continuing the partnerships with local jurisdictions (ex. station area planning)

Schedule overview 2016-2023

Early 2016 – Project begins the final design phase
Mid 2016 – Station design public meetings start
Late 2016/Early 2017 - Impacted properties confirmed, property owners notified
2018 – Construction begins
Late 2023 – Open for service

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