Monday, April 11, 2016
From the City of Lake Forest Park
Since last summer, Lake Forest Park has been part of a coalition of cities working to assure that, as light rail comes to Shoreline and Lynnwood in the next few years, it is fully accessible to regional transit users.
The residents of Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Shoreline, and Bothell commented in large numbers on the draft Sound Transit 3 (ST3) candidate projects and became part of a group called "522 Transit Now," urging Sound Transit to not bypass our cities in the ST3 plan.
That effort, and the transit logic behind it, have resulted in Sound Transit revealing an ST3 plan that includes an outstanding list of improvements in the SR 522/523 corridor that will give our community unprecedented access to the transit system. Among them are:
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in the corridor from Woodinville to Shoreline;
- Three 300-car parking garages in the corridor, including one in Lake Forest Park;
- Two BRT stations in Lake Forest Park;
- Sidewalks on both sides of SR 522 in LFP to allow easy access to and from the stations;
- Completion of the unfinished segments of Business and Transit [BAT] lanes;
- Plans to construct these improvements by 2024, as light rail is ramped up along the north I-5 Corridor.
The plan is now out for public review and comment. The public comment period ends April 29, 2016. Click on “ST3 Website and Survey,” below, to access the plan and projects. While you are there, we once again ask you to click on “Take the Survey,” this time to support the effort of our communities and the improved ST3 plan. If you agree it is a good plan for us, some things you might include in your comments:
- Thank Sound Transit for listening and including the SR 522/523 corridor in the final plan;
- BRT opens up the promise of light rail access to the north Lake Washington communities;
- The parking garages are extremely important elements of access by our community to this transit corridor;
- The sidewalks will, for the first time, open up safe access to this transit corridor for our citizens;
- The early construction schedule is a win/win for the communities and Sound Transit, as it coincides with the opening of the North LINK light rail stations.
We have come a long way in a year.
ST3 Website and Survey