The System Access Fund will be used for projects such as safe sidewalks, protected bike lanes, shared-use paths, bus transfer facilities, and new pickup and drop-off areas.

Provide your input on funding for projects to get to transit more easily

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To improve connections to transit, the 2016 voter-approved Sound Transit 3 System Plan included a System Access Fund for projects such as safe sidewalks, protected bike lanes, shared-use paths, bus transfer facilities, and new pickup and drop-off areas. (Vehicle parking is not eligible for funding.) 

Check out our online open house to weigh in on which projects will help you get to transit more easily.

From there, you can read about the projects and select the ones you prefer.

The System Access Fund is allocated equally among the five geographic areas forming the Sound Transit District for projects that make it easier for people to get to transit.

In this first round of funding, the Sound Transit Board of Directors will allocate up to $10 million per subarea for a total of up to $50 million.

Earlier this year Sound Transit opened a call for projects to solicit proposals from local governments and transit agencies. We received 53 applications from 33 jurisdictions totaling more than $86 million in requests. 

Sound Transit evaluated the applications based on six policy and technical factors: customer experience, equity, safety and human health, connectivity, funding plan and delivery plan.

Based on the evaluations, Sound Transit assigned each application an overall rating of Highly Recommended, Recommended or Not Recommended. 

Your input is an important part of the process to help determine which projects should receive System Access Funds.

You can provide your feedback at the online open house through Aug. 23.

In September, Sound Transit staff plan to review evaluated projects and public comments with the Executive Committee of the Sound Transit Board. The Sound Transit Board is expected to award this initial round of System Access Funds later this year.

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