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Sound Transit x Sno-Isle Libraries 1 Line Safety Poster Contest

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We are excited to announce our 1 Line to Lynnwood Safety Poster Contest with Sno-Isle Libraries! Sound Transit is partnering with Sno-Isle Libraries to host a safety poster competition for K-12 students. 

The 1 Line is planned to open on August 30, 2024, and we are so excited to expand service in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood! Light rail will make it easier to get where you want to go in Snohomish County for the first time! We want everyone to be aware of the change in their environment and we’re starting with a safety poster art contest. 

Submit a poster on the theme of the contest: Practicing Safe Habits around Light Rail. 

For more inspiration, Sound Transit’s core safety messages are: 

  1. Look both ways. Trains come from both directions, so always expect a second train! 

  1. Headphones off, screens down. It’s important to stay alert to be safe.  

  1. Take crosswalks, not shortcuts. Trains always have the right of way, so pay attention to crossing signals.  

  1. Stay behind the yellow line. The yellow strip creates a barrier between the train and the platform.  

  1. Bike smart, ride safe. When you’re riding a bike, always cross tracks at a 90-degree angle to prevent getting stuck.  

Poster Contest Guidelines 

1 Line Safety Poster Submissions can be sent to Please include your name, grade in September, and school in your email submission. 

  • Open to K-12 students near Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood.
  • Limit one entry per student; no group entries.

  • Posters must be on the theme: Practicing Safe Habits around Light Rail.

  • Submissions should include an artist’s statement from the student about their poster and safety in and around transportation.

  • Posters must be original artwork created by students. 

  • Submissions close August 19, 2024, and winners will be announced around the time the 1 Line to Lynnwood opens.  

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Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!

Selected winners from each grade range will receive a cash prize and have their posters displayed onboard Sound Transit’s 1 Line. This contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students near Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood. Nearby students are welcome to submit posters! 

K-5th grades | 6th-8th grades | 9th-12th grades 

1st place—$250 + poster onboard 1 Line trains 

2nd place—$150 

3rd place—$100 

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More about Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves Snohomish and Island counties. Their vision is that everyone is connected to their libraries. Sno-Isle engages and inspires their communities through equitable access to knowledge and resources. 

Sound Transit youth engagement—request a presentation at your school 

In addition to the poster contest, Sound Transit is offering presentations for K-12 classes and community groups serving youth! Our school presentations are a review of what Sound Transit does, how to ride transit, and how to be safe around trains and tracks. We are happy to customize the presentation for your school or community group based on age, group size, amount of time available, and additional topics you are interested in. If you have an idea, please let us know! 

Educators and administration can submit a request for Sound Transit’s youth engagement program, and we will reach out to schedule a visit. 


For questions about the contest, please contact Vanesa Gutierrez ( and Seth Daphne Esmeson (