City seeking residents’ input on Sound Transit light rail plans

Lynnwood Link Stations

The city is looking for people’s input on Sound Transit’s three proposed track alignments and station locations for the Lynnwood Link Extension.

Each alignment option has different benefits and impacts. The city has scheduled two Community Outreach meetings this month. Hear from City Staff, and have an opportunity to tell City Officials your thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding this project.

The meetings are:

Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood

Tuesday, June 25 from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.: Meadowdale High School Great Hall, 6002 168th St SW, Lynnwood

Sound Transit continues to work with Lynnwood on extending Link Light Rail service to the Lynnwood Transit Center by 2013. Funding for the project was approved by voters in 2008. Construction is currently underway to extend the LRT line from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington after which it will be extended to Northgate Mall. The Lynnwood Link project covers the extension between Northgate and Lynnwood.

Extensions to Bellevue and south of SeaTac are also underway. If approved by voters, a future extension will run north through Lynnwood with stops at Alderwood, the Boeing-Paine Field area and downtown Everett. When LRT opens to Lynnwood, residents will be able to rapidly travel to Seattle, the airport and the east side regardless of the weather or traffic on I-5. Similarly, people throughout the region will be able to travel to Lynnwood.

Currently three different potential routes into the Lynnwood Transit Center are being studied in an Environmental Impact Analysis and available for public comment in late June 2013.

Sound Transit has also announced a related project to build a Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF) at one of several sites in Bellevue and a site in Lynnwood. A new OMSF is required to supplement the existing one located south of Safeco Field as the light rail system is built out. The proposed Lynnwood site is located on 52nd Ave. adjacent to the Interurban Trail and I-5. It is owned by the Edmonds School District, with significant investments made already and Lynnwood has approved their plans to build a complex containing their administrative offices, warehousing and a bus maintenance facility.

For more information on the meetings contact the Community Outreach Specialist at: jmoore@ci.lynnwood.wa.us or call 425-670-5023.

 

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