From early 2018 through spring 2019, Sound Transit completed the alternatives development phase of the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project, which explored various route and station location options. To help identify preferred alternatives and other alternatives to study in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Sound Transit worked with a Stakeholder Advisory Group and an Elected Leadership Group. These groups met regularly throughout the alternatives development phase to review technical information and public feedback and provided recommendations to the Sound Transit Board as alternatives moved through the evaluation and screening process.
In May 2019, the Sound Transit Board identified preferred and other Draft EIS alternatives. The project is now in environmental review.
Stakeholder Advisory Group
The Stakeholder Advisory Group was made up of selected community members representing neighborhoods along the project corridor and provided a forum for members to inform the development of alternatives. The Stakeholder Advisory Group:
- Highlighted issues and considered trade-offs.
- Built consensus around key project decisions.
- Made recommendations to the Elected Leadership Group.
Elected Leadership Group
The Elected Leadership Group was made up of elected officials that represented the project corridor and the Sound Transit Board. The purpose of this group was to reach consensus around key decisions and work through project issues as needed. The Elected Leadership Group:
- Appointed Stakeholder Advisory Group members.
- Represented the communities they serve and shared community priorities.
- Considered the needs of the project within the context of the greater regional transit system.
- Worked with project staff to understand and evaluate trade-offs.
- Made recommendations to the Sound Transit Board.
Sound Transit Board
Sound Transit is governed by an 18-member Board made up of local elected officials and the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. The Board establishes policies and gives direction and oversight, and, in the context of this project, the Board:
- Oversees the implementation and delivery of the project.
- Considered recommendations and feedback from the Elected Leadership Group and the public.
- Identified preferred alternatives and other alternatives to study in the EIS.