2. History of voter-approved plans

With voter approval in 1996, 2008 and 2016, Sound Transit is undertaking an ambitious expansion of the regional mass transit system. New stations are scheduled to open in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2030, 2031, 2035, 2036, 2039 and 2041.

Sound Transit 3 (2016-2041)

Connecting the region's cities and completing the light rail spine

This 25-year program expands the mass transit network to connect 16 cities with light rail, 30 cities with Bus Rapid Transit and ST Express bus service, and 12 cities with commuter rail.

Highlights include:

  • 62 new miles of light rail to complete a 116-mile system with extensions to Everett via the Paine Field Industrial Center; Tacoma via Federal Way and Fife; downtown Redmond; Ballard via South Lake Union and Seattle Center; West Seattle; and a new light rail line from south Kirkland through Bellevue to Issaquah.
  • Bus Rapid Transit on major highways to the north, east and south of Lake Washington with service every 10 minutes during peak hours.
  • Sounder South platform extensions to accommodate trains up to 10 cars in length serving up to 40 percent more passengers; Sounder South service from Lakewood to DuPont; and access improvements and parking at stations along the north and south lines.

Sound Transit 2 (2008-2023)

Expanding the regional mass transit system

This 15-year program authorizes substantial additions to ST Express bus and Sounder commuter rail service and adds 36 miles of new Link light rail service.

Highlights include:

  • Link light rail service north to Lynnwood, east to the Overlake area and south of Sea-Tac Airport.
  • More ST Express bus service on the busiest routes.
  • Four new daily Sounder round trips on the popular south line, plus improved station access and parking.

Sound Move (1996)

Sound Move represents the first phase toward realizing the long-term vision of a regional high-capacity transit system. This vote authorizes the creation of Sound Transit, tax collections for funding, and the first set of regional transit projects.

Highlights include:

  • Light rail service between Sea-Tac Airport and the University of Washington, with a northward extension to Northgate dependent upon additional funding
  • Peak period commuter rail from Lakewood and Everett to Seattle
  • ST Express bus routes linking the region's population and employment centers
  • Capital investments in transit facilities (transit centers, park-and-ride lots, etc.) plus HOV direct access ramps to improve bus speed and reliability