What’s next for light rail in Snohomish County after the Lynnwood Link extension opens – with light rail stations in Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood – in 2024? Sound Transit has launched a website to invite community members to learn more about the upcoming Everett Link Extension project.
The website, available at everettlink.participate.online, provides additional information on the Link light rail service from downtown Lynnwood northbound through Snohomish County, with stops near regional destinations.
Sound Transit’s Everett Link extension will add 16 miles and six new stations, plus an interim (unfunded) station at SR 99 / Airport Road, connecting residents of Snohomish County to the regional light rail network. The project will also construct an operation and maintenance facility to support the regional network.
Along with the website launch, Sound Transit is also looking for members for a community advisory group. The group will provide a forum for community members to inform the development of alternatives for the project. The group will include residents, transit riders, business owners and representatives of community organizations who reflect diversity throughout the corridor, particularly communities of color, communities historically and institutionally under-represented, systematically disadvantaged people and others whose voices may not always have been heard or prioritized.
The Sound Transit Board will take the recommendations and comments of the community advisory group into account when making decisions. Anyone wishing to get involved in the group should complete an online interest form at https://bit.ly/CAGInterest before October 18. Interest forms are available in Spanish, Russian and Korean.
In the fall, the project team will be soliciting public comments on different routes and station locations to be investigated in more detail through a process called “scoping”. The framing is an important step in the Everett Link Extension project. This is an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on the Link LRT project and to help Sound Transit develop, evaluate and compare different routes, stations and locations of O&M facilities. .
In August, the Sound Transit Board adopted a plan that identifies 2037 as the period during which the agency can afford to open service at SW Everett Industrial Center and 2041 as the period for service at Everett Station, based on current revenue projections and cost estimates.
However, the board also identified a more ambitious goal of achieving a service opening in 2037 to Everett station through intensive efforts to secure increased funding and control project costs. This target timeline, which is one year later than the original timeline for reaching Everett Station, requires additional funding and / or savings, and intensified support commitments from partners at local, state and national levels.
More information on the Everett Link Extension project is available at: www.soundtransit.org/everettlink.