ST holds community meetings on Regional Transit Long Range Vision

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This week Sound Transit kicks off a series of meetings to gather community input as the agency updates the Regional Transit Long Range Vision, the agency's goals for improving our regional transit system in the years ahead.

 The meetings, which will take place in Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma and Seattle, will provide an opportunity for community members to participate in shaping the future growth of Sound Transit's regional transit system serving 53 cities and 1,088 square miles in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. The Vision will provide a framework for the region to consider additional transit investments in response to continuing population growth and the need to move more people through our most congested travel corridors.

Bellevue
May 12, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bellevue High School
10416 SE Wolverine Way

Everett
May 13, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Everett Station
3201 Smith Ave.

 Tacoma
May 18, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave.

Seattle
May 19, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sound Transit Headquarters - Union Station
401 S. Jackson St.

Residents voted in 1996 to build a new regional transit system including light rail, commuter rail and express bus service to connect the region's cities and jobs. As Sound Transit moves toward completion of this first phase of the Long Range Vision, known as Sound Move, the update process will incorporate the latest environmental studies to identify changes that have occurred since the original Vision was adopted, including: population and employment growth developments and trends; how, where and when people travel and commute around the region; and changes in land use and growth management plans.

 Public input is an important part of the process and will play a key role in shaping the scope of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Vision. Through June 2, Sound Transit is collecting comments on alternatives and environmental issues that should be studied in the SEIS. During the next year Sound Transit will research and write the SEIS.  In the fall of 2004, a Draft SEIS will be released and the public will have another opportunity to make comments.

 Written comments on the scope of the SEIS should be sent to Perry Weinberg at 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104. More information is available at www.soundtransit.org

 
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