Sound Transit CEO update - long range plan, bikes and transit, Lynnwood Link, M's Sunday

Friday, June 13, 2014

By Mike Harbour, Deputy CEO, Sound Transit

Long-Range Plan

Sound Transit is continuing an important process that includes your thoughts on how, where and when regional transit should continue growing after our current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023.

The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for updating the regional transit Long-Range Plan is now available for comment. We’ve scheduled a series of public hearings around the region in July as well as offering an online survey. The comment period runs through July 28. Learn more at

Increasing congestion from a million more residents living here by 2040 — a jump of 30 percent — will create even more demand for mass transit. In many congested corridors, transit is the best option for significantly increasing the transportation capacity.

The Long-Range Plan is the blueprint for how the system should expand through future ballot measures. Let us know your priorities.

Bikes & transit

Last month we wrapped up another successful Bike Month at Sound Transit with 100 employees taking part in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Commute Challenge. It doesn’t stop there, however. The conclusion of the month is a reminder that bikes and transit are a good fit all year.

Bicycles are welcome on all ST Express buses as well as Sounder, Link and Tacoma Link trains, and we have bicycle parking at all Sound Transit facilities. Because it only takes around 15 minutes to travel about three miles, biking is a great way to skip driving and get to your bus or train.

To learn more about all the benefits see bikes.

Lynnwood Link Extension

Planning is moving along well on the Lynnwood Link Extension and this summer there will be plenty of chances to learn more about the preferred route and station alternatives.

Information booths and community drop-in sessions start next Wednesday and Thursday. Two more are scheduled for Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26.

At those meetings, Sound Transit staff will be on hand to share preliminary information on station locations and site plans, the route and property owner interests.

For times, locations and more information visit the Lynnwood Link Extension page.

Lynnwood Link is an 8.5-mile extension of light rail running between Northgate and Lynnwood with service scheduled to begin in 2023.

M’s Sunday

Here’s a quick reminder that Sounder trains are running to the M’s game on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. Trains leave Lakewood and Everett and arrive at King Street Station near Safeco Field.

And as always, our Link trains and ST Express buses running their regular schedules will take fans close to Safeco Field.

See schedules for details.


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