By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
A capacity crowd sounded off on four proposed track alignment and station locations for the Lynnwood Link Extension during a community meeting Saturday morning at the Lynnwood City Council Chambers.
Sound Transit has proposed three track alignments and station locations for the Lynnwood Link Extension, which is part of the voter-approved Sound Transit 2 Plan to extend mass transit throughout the region. Upon the scheduled completion in 2023, the Lynnwood Station will be the most northern point of a light rail system with more than 50 miles of service to the north, south and east of Seattle.
A fourth option that the city has proposed also was discussed. In a written document, the city describes the C4 option as “an amalgam of C2 and C3 that minimizes impacts to Lynnwood residents, businesses, development potential, parks and environment, while still offering all the benefits of Light Rail Transit service.”
The City Council is scheduled to discuss a resolution regarding Light Rail Routes through Lynnwood at a work session on Monday, Sept. 16. The Council then is scheduled to finalize the resolution a week later, Monday, Sept. 23, during a business meeting. The resolution will be sent to Sound Transit that night.
The 60-day extended comment period ends Sept. 23. Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration have published the Lynnwood Link Extension Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. The DEIS evaluates light rail route and station alternatives and describes the project’s potential effects on the environment, nearby properties and transportation, as well as other impacts.
Lynnwood City Council Vice-President Sid Roberts attended Saturday’s meeting and was impressed with the turnout and the feedback and questions from the public.
“The people who were here are stakeholders,” he said. “These are the people that are impacted. By now people have been reading this DEIS with intent.”
Roberts urged people, if they have not already commented, to let their voices be heard on the issue.
“The first thing they need to do is to make sure they comment before the 23rd,” Roberts said. “They have that ability and it does make a difference. … I think anybody who is thinking about this should write an email about their thoughts.”
To download the DEIS, to learn more or to make a comment, visit Sound Transit’s project page.