Voter approval (2016)
Milestone Target Alternatives development 2018 - 2019 Board identifies sites for further study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2019 Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2019 - 2021 Board identifies a preferred site alternative 2021 Final Environmental Impact Statement 2024 Board selects project to be built 2024
Milestone Final facility design Procure and commission facility and public art Obtain land use and construction permits Property acquisition/relocation Groundbreaking Construction updates and mitigation Safety education Testing and pre-operations
*This is the earliest possible date for opening this facility.
On Aug. 5, 2021, the Sound Transit Board adopted a realigned capital plan to address steeply rising construction and real estate costs affecting many voter-approved regional transit expansion projects. The Board’s adopted plans identify 2029 as the initial target date for opening the OMF South.
Some projects in the planning phase, including the OMF South, have also experienced non-financial delays in recent months. Many government and community project partners were forced to shift resources to addressing the human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and were justifiably unable to review planning and environmental documents during that time.
When combined with our own delays, these delays in individual agencies and organizations had a compounding effect on some project schedules, including the OMF South’s. For this reason, 2029 would be the earliest possible date for opening this facility, even if projected financial impacts are eliminated.
Close collaboration with partners will be required to deliver the OMF South as rapidly as possible to support the opening of future light rail extensions.
Learn more about the realignment process and increased construction cost estimates at soundtransit.org/realignment.