Project updates: West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions

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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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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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.

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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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Mar 1, 2018

Share your comments by March 5!

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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! »

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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.

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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!

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Jan 19, 2018

Apply to be a community representative by Jan. 22!

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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 »

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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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