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Project updates: West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions

Oct 10, 2018

Elected officials make recommendations for Level 3

Elected officials make recommendations for Level 3
On October 5, the Elected Leadership Group (ELG) made recommendations on which alternatives, or route and station options, will move forward to Level 3 screening. How’d they get there? After review and much deliberation of the Level 2 alternatives, evaluation results, public feedback and Stakeholder Advisory Group recommendations.


What’s next? The project team starts work on refining the remaining options for Level 3 work. Up until this point, options have been developed and evaluated in four segments: Ballard, Downtown, Chinatown-International District/SODO and West Seattle. Now these segment options will be connected into “end-to-end” alternatives for more analysis. Later in October, the Sound Transit Board is scheduled to be briefed on the Elected Leadership Group’s recommendations.

See ELG recommendations


So long, summer. Thx for the memories!
On Saturday, October 6, our project team capped off an exciting summer of fair and festival outreach with an appearance at the Magnolia Farmers Market. While we’re sad to see this sunny season come to a close, we’re thankful to all those who visited our booth to learn more about the project and chat with a team member. We connected with over 3,900 people across 12 different communities, sharing important project updates and gaining your valuable community insights along the way.

Sep 20, 2018

It's not too late to comment! Go online now through Sept. 23

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Thanks to everyone who spent time with us at our most recent round of neighborhood forums! Your feedback will be shared with our Stakeholder Advisory Group, Elected Leadership Group and the Sound Transit Board. These forums are the second in a three-part series, so stay tuned for more on the third and final round happening next year.

Couldn't attend an in-person event? It's not too late to share your feedback. Our online open house will be available for a few more days, so take this chance now to submit your thoughts on route and station location options. Be sure to comment before it closes on Sept. 23!

Stakeholder group takes a deeper dive in Level 2 screening

On Sept. 5, the Stakeholder Advisory Group learned more about the Level 2 alternatives. They reviewed detailed maps and data tables, which will help them compare the different alternatives in terms of reliability, cost, constructability, potential impacts and numerous other factors.

At the next meeting on Sept. 26, the Advisory Group will review your feedback from the latest round of neighborhood forums and provide recommendations to narrow down alternatives for Level 3 screening.

Upcoming events

Sep 14, 2018

Join us in Ballard on Monday; Comment online through Sept. 23

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Last week we kicked off the September neighborhood forum series, hearing from participants at the West Seattle forum on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the Downtown forum on Tuesday, Sept. 11. We've received hundreds of comments on the latest route and station options and our project team is already hard at work reviewing your feedback.

Haven't yet shared your thoughts on the latest options? It's not too late! Our last neighborhood forum takes place on Monday, Sept. 17, in Ballard, or you can comment online now through Sept. 23 — 24/7. We hope to hear from you!

Ballard-Interbay neighborhood forum
Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Ballard Eagleson VFW

Upcoming events

Sep 7, 2018

Ready, set, go! See the latest light rail options online now

Banner image of West Seattle to Ballard map/logo for project updates

In-person events start this weekend!

We’re kicking off the second round of neighborhood forums with the launch of our online open house, available now through September 23 — 24/7. Visit this interactive site to view the latest route and station options, or “alternatives,” and share your feedback.

Prefer to see everything in-person and speak with project staff face-to-face? Join us at one of our upcoming neighborhood forums where you can view printed maps and materials, participate in small group discussions and share insights with your neighbors and project staff.

West Seattle: Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Seattle Lutheran High School Gym

Downtown Seattle: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Union Station Ruth Fisher Boardroom

Ballard-Interbay: Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Ballard Eagleson VFW

Get started

 

Upcoming events

Neighborhood Forums on Sept. 8, Sept. 11, and Sept. 17

Chinatown/International District Night Market on Sept. 8

Fishermen's Fall Festival on Sept. 15

Sustainable Ballard Festival on Sept. 22

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting on Sept. 26

Aug 28, 2018

September open houses and neighborhood forums — have you RSVP'd?

Residents participate at a recent West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions open house.

Join us at one of our upcoming events to learn about the project and hear the latest updates on the route and station options being studied. Each event will start with a brief open house to give you a chance to review progress and talk with project staff. The open house will be followed by small group discussions where you can review project alternatives in more detail and share your insights with project staff and your community.

Your feedback will be shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Group, Elected Leadership Group and Sound Transit Board to inform the Board's identification of a preferred route and station locations by April 2019. These forums are the second in a three-part series.
We hope you can join us!

  • West Seattle (Includes Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction station areas) on Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Downtown Seattle (Includes Denny, South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Midtown, Westlake, Chinatown-International District and Stadium-SODO station areas) on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Ballard-Interbay (Includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard station areas) on Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

RSVP today »

The results are in! Here's what you had to say

Earlier this summer we invited you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience so far with our project planning process, community events and project staff and to suggest how we can make it easier for you to stay involved with our project.

We received over 500 responses — wow! — telling us what is working well and specific steps we can take to make your engagement experience more successful. While many of you who receive our email updates took the survey, we're also working to find more ways to connect with underrepresented communities to ensure a diverse set of voices are heard.

Survey says »

Upcoming events

Celebrate Little Saigon on Aug. 26

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting on Sept. 5

Chinatown/International District Night Market on Sept. 8

September neighborhood forums on Sept. 8, Sept. 11, and Sept. 17

Fishermen's Fall Festival on Sept. 15

Jul 27, 2018

West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions

RSVP for September neighborhood forums and open houses
We’re excited to share dates and details for our next round of community workshops later this summer! Join us at one of the events listed below to get the latest updates on route and station locations and share your feedback. 

We’ll start these events with a brief open house to give you a chance to talk with project staff and check out the latest project details and concepts. If you’re ready to take a deeper dive into project development, stick around for the neighborhood forum to participate in small group discussions with your neighbors and share your insights with project staff.

West Seattle - RSVP
(Includes Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction stations) 
Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m. 
Seattle Lutheran High School Gym, 4100 S.W. Genesee St.

Downtown Seattle - RSVP
(Includes Denny, South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Midtown, Westlake, Chinatown-International District and Stadium-SODO stations)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m. 
Union Station, Ruth Fisher Boardroom, 401 S. Jackson St.

Ballard-Interbay - RSVP
(Includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard stations) 
Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m. 
Ballard Eagleson VFW, 2812 N.W. Market St.

These forums are the second in a three-part series. Can you join us this September?

I'll be there!

New options for SODO and Chinatown-International District 
In July, both the Stakeholder Advisory Group and Elected Leadership Group met to discuss evaluation results from new route and station alternatives in SODO and the Chinatown-International District. This was in response to recommendations in May from both groups, as well as participants from the first round of neighborhood forums, to take a second look at additional options in these neighborhoods.

Based on feedback from the community and agency partners, the project team went back and developed new alternatives, evaluated them using our Level 1 screening criteria and presented the results to your Stakeholder Advisory and Elected Leadership Groups. Both groups then made recommendations on what should move forward to Level 2 evaluation. 

Review results

Thanks for sharing your feedback!
In late-June, we asked you to share your thoughts about how you’d like to be involved in the planning and design process for this project. We heard from hundreds of you and are currently reviewing all survey responses and comments to understand how we can better connect with communities along the project corridor. 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to add your voice to this survey! We’ll share more about what we heard in the coming weeks.


Upcoming events
Visit us at a community event near you!

South Lake Union Block Party on Aug. 10
Delridge Day on Aug. 11

Stay connected
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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out

Jul 2, 2018

Last chance to share your input! Survey closes at 5 p.m. on July 3

Residents look over a map of potential routes for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions.

If you haven't had a chance to share your feedback, now's the time to take our brief outreach survey. We're committed to engaging communities along the project corridor, so take a few minutes to let us know how we’re doing and how you’d like to be involved!

Add your voice »

Jun 28, 2018

Have we heard from you? Share your feedback by July 3!

A resident writes down feedback at a West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions open house.

Have we done a good job keeping you informed about our project? How do you want to be involved in the planning and design process for West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions?

These are the kinds of questions you'll see in our brief outreach survey. We're committed to connecting with communities along the project corridor to help shape the future of transit in your area. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. We'd love to hear from you!

Add your voice »

The latest on Level 2

Recently, the Stakeholder Advisory Group kicked off the process of Level 2 alternatives development by reviewing the Level 1 recommendations and discussing Level 2 evaluation criteria. At the June 20 meeting, the advisory group reviewed the Level 2 alternatives in more detail, discussed new concepts for the Chinatown/International District and SODO areas, and learned more about our light rail station planning process.

Review materials »

Upcoming events

May 21, 2018

Forums wrap-up, alternatives development, summer festivals and upcoming events

Spring neighborhood forums wrap-up
Thanks to everyone who took the time to spend a morning or an evening with us at our recent neighborhood forums! These forums generated important conversations and key insights to help the project team continue to refine project alternatives. Your feedback is being shared with our Stakeholder Advisory Group, Elected Leadership Group and the Sound Transit Board

We’ll be planning another round of forums for later this year, so keep an eye out for more dates and details to come this summer.

Read the summary


Next steps for alternatives development
On May 17, the Elected Leadership Group reviewed the Stakeholder Advisory Group’s Level 1 recommendation for project alternatives to be carried forward into Level 2 and made their own Level 1 recommendation. The Sound Transit Board will be briefed on the leadership group’s recommendation on May 24.

Review materials


Find us at summer festivals!
As the days get longer and sunnier, communities all over Seattle are gearing up for fairs, festivals and farmers markets. Starting in June, our project team will be out and about sharing information and enjoying the sunshine. Keep an eye out for our booths and stop by to chat with us! Watch for an event schedule in future email updates.


Upcoming events
Sound Transit Board meeting on Thursday, May 24

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting on Wednesday, May 30

Stay connected
Watch for future project updates. Forward this to your friends, family, neighbors and people in your community! Encourage them to subscribe.

Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

May 1, 2018

Neighborhood forums in full swing! Don't miss the event near you.

Local residents attend a neighborhood forum for the West Seattle and Ballard Link extensions.

Last week we kicked off the neighborhood forum series in Chinatown-International District and South Lake Union-Seattle Center, where participants shared key insights and discussed neighborhood characteristics with the project team.

Neighborhood forums continue tomorrow in Downtown Seattle. We hope you'll join us!

Downtown Seattle (includes Midtown and Westlake stations) on Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

West Seattle (includes Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction stations) on Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SODO-Stadium (includes SODO and Stadium stations) on Wednesday, May 9, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Ballard-Interbay (includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard stations) on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

RSVP »

Advisory group reviews and recommends alternatives

At April's Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings, members reviewed and discussed project alternatives that were developed from early scoping comments. On April 24, the group made a recommendation on which alternatives they felt should be carried forward into Level 2 evaluation and screening. This recommendation will be shared with the Elected Leadership Group at their upcoming meeting in May. Check out all the meeting materials on our project website.

Review materials »

Upcoming events

Neighborhood forums on May 2, May 5, May 9 and May 12

Elected Leadership Group meeting on Thursday, May 17

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting on Wednesday, May 30

Apr 16, 2018

Neighborhood forums start this weekend — RSVP now!

Community members attend a West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension open house.

What makes your neighborhood unique? Share your insights at our upcoming neighborhood forums; the first events in a three-part series with more dates to follow later this year.

Don't miss the event near you! Additional details about these events, including suggested transit routes to forum locations, have been posted online.

  • Chinatown-International District (includes Chinatown-International District station) on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • South Lake Union-Seattle Center (includes Denny, SLU and Seattle Center stations) on Monday, April 23, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Downtown Seattle (includes Midtown and Westlake stations) on Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • West Seattle (includes Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction stations) on Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • SODO-Stadium (includes SODO and Stadium stations) on Wednesday, May 9, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Ballard-Interbay (includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard stations) on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have you RSVP'd? »

Our report on Early Scoping

You submitted more than 2,800 comments as part of the project's early scoping period, which ended March 5. Amazing! Thanks again to everyone who attended a meeting, visited the online open house and provided feedback. We've summarized what we heard and it's now available online.

Read it »

April Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings

Based on your initial feedback, our project team has been hard at work developing the first round of alternatives to the representative project. These alternatives, and their evaluations, will be shared at this month's advisory group meetings as well as on our project website.

The next Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings will be held Tuesday, April 17, and next Tuesday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ruth Fisher Boardroom at Union Station.

Learn more »

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Reach out »

Mar 27, 2018

RSVP for April/May neighborhood forums

Residents participate in a West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions open house.

What makes your neighborhood unique? Join us for a deep dive into the latest project details and concepts and get a chance to share your insights at these upcoming forums.

Chinatown-International District – RSVP
April 21, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bush Asia Center, 409 Maynard Ave. S

South Lake Union / Seattle Center – RSVP
(includes Denny, SLU and Seattle Center stations)
April 23, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
thinkspace Seattle, 1700 Westlake Ave N

Downtown Seattle – RSVP
(includes Midtown and Westlake stations)
May 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Central Library, Washington Mutual Room
1000 4th Ave.

West Seattle – RSVP
(includes Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction stations)
May 5, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave. SW

SODO / Stadium – RSVP
May 9, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Metropolist, 2931 First Ave. S 

Ballard – RSVP
(includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard stations)
May 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ballard Eagleson VFW, 2812 NW Market St. 

Here's our agenda:

  • Sign-in and check out project maps and background info (10 minutes)
  • Watch a brief presentation that covers the project overview and new concepts from early scoping (20 minutes)
  • Break out into small groups to discuss neighborhood-specific topics and share your insights (2 hours)

These forums are the first in a three-part series with more to come later this year. Can you join us at any of the April or May events?

RSVP »

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting recap

If you missed the latest meeting on March 14, get caught up on everything here. Members of our project team briefed the group on early scoping comments and concepts and discussed criteria for Level 1 screening of alternatives — the next step in project development. 

The future meeting schedule is available here. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Get caught up »

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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out »

Mar 9, 2018

Early scoping is now closed — thanks for your input!

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend a public meeting, explore our online open house and send us your feedback during this important phase of the project. Early scoping started on Feb. 2 and ended March 5.

Over 2,800 comments received during this period are currently being reviewed and documented for the Early Scoping Summary Report. This report is expected to be completed in April, so stay tuned for updates. 

Questions? Send us an email or call our project line at 206-903-7229.

Get in touch »

Community members look at the West Seattle segment route map.

Neighborhood forums start in April

As a follow up to early scoping, we'll be hosting neighborhood forums from late-April to early-May to provide an opportunity for community members like you to take a deeper dive into topics specific to your neighborhood.

At these forums, participants will work in small groups to examine and discuss area- and community-specific topics and questions and provide detailed feedback to inform the alternatives development and decision-making processes.

Stay tuned for dates and more details. In the meantime, see how some of your neighbors weighed in during early scoping.

View the map »

Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting: March 14

Our 29-member Stakeholder Advisory Group is here to emphasize community input like yours during the alternatives development process. Now through Spring 2019, advisory group members will work together to inform and refine the project alternatives. These meetings are open to the public.

Next meeting:
Wednesday, March 14
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Union Station, Ruth Fisher Boardroom
401 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

Learn more »

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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out »

Mar 1, 2018

Share your comments by March 5!

West Seattle and Ballard google map with comment icon.

Our project is in early scoping until March 5 and we want your input. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape the future of transit in your community.

If you haven't already, visit the online open house and submit your feedback by March 5:

Provide input on the representative project and potential alternatives.
Comment on the purpose and need of the project.
Help identify and provide feedback on potential project benefits and impacts on your community, the environment and transportation.
Find out about public involvement opportunities and how to stay informed.

I have input »

Riders filling out comments at a West Seattle/Ballard open house.

Wow! Over 1,000 comments received so far.

Thanks to more than 5,000 visitors to our online open house and 700+ attendees at our in-person events in February, we've received over 1,000 early scoping comments to date — woo hoo! Early scoping started on Feb. 2 and ends March 5. A big shout out to everyone who has shared feedback during this important phase of the project. Yay, you.

Our team is already hard at work reviewing and documenting feedback received so far for our Early Scoping Summary Report, which we'll share with you as well as the project Stakeholder Advisory Group, Elected Leadership Group and the Sound Transit Board. Stay tuned for more updates on the report.

Comment now! »

Stay connected

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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out »

Feb 12, 2018

Online open houses now live!

Good news! You can now access our online open house 24/7 through March 5. This easy-to-use interactive site will guide you through an overview of the project and give you an opportunity to:

  • Provide input on the representative project and potential alternatives.
  • Comment on the purpose and need of the project.
  • Help identify and provide feedback on potential project benefits and impacts on your community, the environment and transportation.
  • Find out about public involvement opportunities and how to stay informed.

Check it out!

In-person open houses starting this week

Sound Transit is holding project kickoff open houses in West Seattle, Ballard and Downtown Seattle to introduce you to the project team, share information, answer your questions and get your input on the project. Come and help shape the future of your community!

Each open house will provide the content that is included in the online open house and will include similar project feedback opportunities. All open houses are open to the public and will include a brief presentation 15 minutes after the start. Stop by anytime!

RSVP today!

Early scoping is underway – share your comments by March 5

The West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project is currently in early scoping. Early scoping is the first public involvement opportunity in the alternatives development process and will last until March 5. During alternatives development, Sound Transit will assess the representative project included in the ST3 System plan approved for funding by voters in 2016 and, based on additional public feedback and technical analysis, further refine the route, station locations and other project elements.

This is an essential time to engage in the project! Sound Transit is seeking public comments on the project Purpose and Need, the representative project, other alternatives, and the transportation and community impacts and benefits to consider in developing alternatives for further refinement and analysis. Alternatives development, including public and agency input, will inform the Sound Transit Board's identification of a preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in environmental review.

Be sure to attend our upcoming open houses to learn more and submit your comments by March 5.

I have input »

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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out »

Feb 1, 2018

Early scoping starts tomorrow! Share your comments by March 5

The West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project is about to begin early scoping. Early scoping is the first public involvement opportunity in the alternatives development process and will last from Feb. 2 to March 5. During alternatives development, Sound Transit will assess the representative project included in the ST3 System plan approved for funding by voters in 2016 and, based on additional public feedback and technical analysis, further refine the route, station locations and other project elements.

This is an essential time to engage in the project! Sound Transit is seeking public comments on the project Purpose and Need, the representative project, other alternatives, and the transportation and community impacts and benefits to consider in developing alternatives for further refinement and analysis. Alternatives development, including public and agency input, will inform the Sound Transit Board's identification of a preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in environmental review.

Be sure to attend our upcoming open houses to learn more and submit your comments by March 5.

Sound Transit open house.

We're coming to your neighborhood

This month, Sound Transit is holding project kickoff open houses in West Seattle, Ballard and Downtown Seattle to introduce you to the project team, share information, answer your questions and get input on the project. Come and help shape the future of your community!

Can't join us in-person? Our online open house goes live on Feb. 12.

RSVP today!

West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension community engagement guide.

Community Engagement Guide online now

Planning for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions is underway and your participation is important! Sound Transit has put together a community guide that outlines how we're engaging affected communities in the project area. This guide explains:

  • Sound Transit's goals for public engagement
  • How you can get involved
  • How your feedback will shape the project
  • Sound Transit's methods for gathering feedback
  • Project roles and responsibilities

Check it out!

Stay connected

Watch for future project updates. Forward this to your friends, family, neighbors, and people in your community! Encourage them to subscribe.

Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Jan 19, 2018

Apply to be a community representative by Jan. 22!

Combined image portrait of three people.

Be the voice of your community. We're recruiting approximately 5–7 individuals to be part of a Stakeholder Advisory Group and to serve as representatives of their communities. This group will work together to help refine project alternatives such as route, station locations, etc. for further study in our environmental review phase.

Don't forget, the deadline for submitting your application is 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. So, don't wait. Visit soundtransit.org/wsblink to learn more and complete the short application. Representatives will be selected later this month and the first meeting will take place on Feb. 8. 

We want you »

Save these dates! Open houses in February

Sound Transit is holding project kickoff open houses in Ballard, Downtown Seattle and West Seattle to introduce you to the project team, share information, answer your questions, and get your input on the project. Help shape the future of your community.

West Seattle: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Alki Masonic Center

Ballard: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Leif Erikson Lodge

Downtown: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Union Station

Can't join us in-person? Our online open house goes live on Feb. 12: wsblink.participate.online.

Mark your calendar »

Stay connected

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Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out »

Jan 4, 2018

Welcome!

Thank you for joining the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Project email update distribution list. As we start a new year, we'd like to update you on where we're at with the project and what's in store.

2017 wrap up

In September, the Board established a budget for preliminary engineering, approved a contract with technical consultants, and gave the green light to move forward with extending light rail in some of the most densely-populated neighborhoods in the region.

We've assembled a team that is getting started on the project, including planning outreach activities early this year. Stay tuned for more information on ways you can participate and provide input.

Alternatives development phase

In April 2019, the Sound Transit Board is anticipated to identify the preferred alternative. Over the next 15 months, we will assess the representative project included in the Sound Transit 3 Plan and, based on additional public engagement and technical analysis, further refine the specific route, station locations and other project elements.The representative project itself is the result of extensive and years-long planning and public involvement work, including high-capacity transit studies, the process to update the agency's long-range plan, and the work that developed the ST3 Plan approved by voters last year. 

We will engage the public in an intensive public involvement process that will lead to the Sound Transit Board identifying a preferred alternative, as well as other alternatives to evaluate in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Community representatives wanted

We are currently forming a Stakeholder Advisory Group to help with the development of alternatives. We are recruiting individuals like you to participate in a group of approximately 25 representatives. These individuals will serve as ambassadors to and representatives of their communities. 

Interested? Visit soundtransit.org/wsblink to learn more and complete a short application. Representatives will be selected later this month. The first meeting will take place in early February. This is just one of the many ways to provide feedback as alternatives are developed. Sound Transit's comprehensive outreach strategy will also include open houses, neighborhood forums, briefings and online information and tools. 

Getting started

As mentioned above, the new year brings opportunities to engage with project staff. We will host project kick-off open houses in February as part of early scoping. 

What is early scoping? Early scoping provides an initial opportunity for the public to learn about and provide comments on the project as it begins. 

It's an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the project background, purpose and timeline
  • Comment on the representative project and help identify potential alternatives
  • Comment on the project purpose and need
  • Comment on potential benefits and impacts Sound Transit should consider  

We will provide more information in the coming weeks. In order to stay connected: 

  • Stay tuned for future email updates. Forward this to your friends, family, neighbors and community! Encourage them to sign up for email updates. 
  • Request a briefing. If you are a part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, please contact wsblink@soundtransit.org.

Webpage resources

Want to learn more? Our project website has a lot of great resources, including:

Representative project routes: https://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/west-seattle-and-ballard-link-extensions/project-routes

FAQ's: https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/project-documents/west-seattle-ballard-link-faq-planning-alternatives-development-phase.pdf

Project overview: https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/project-documents/west-seattle-ballard-project-overview.pdf

Project phases and timeline: https://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/west-seattle-and-ballard-link-extensions/project-phases-west-seattle-ballard

Previous studies: Visit our "See also" section in the bottom right of the webpage, which highlights some of the key studies that are worth a look through if you have questions about the project history

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