Funding for pathway between Burke Gilman Trail and Town Center depends on public support

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sound Transit has a System Access Fund for projects such as safe sidewalks, protected bike lanes, shared-use paths, bus transfer facilities, and new pickup and drop-off areas.

The System Access Fund is allocated equally among Sound Transit’s five subareas for projects that make it easier and more convenient to get to transit. The North King County subarea includes Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, and Seattle.

Sound Transit received 53 applications from 33 jurisdictions totaling more than $86 million in requests. In this first round of funding, the Sound Transit Board of Directors will allocate up to $10 million per subarea for a total of up to $50 million.

  • The City of LFP submitted a funding request with Sound Transit for a project that would develop a pathway between the Burke Gilman Trail and Town Center to enable foot and bicycle traffic to safely cross Bothell Way to reach the future Sound Transit parking garage.
  • The City of Shoreline's request is for funding to help construct a pedestrian / bicycle bridge over I-5 to connect westside neighborhoods to the north end of the 148th transit station which will be constructed on the east side of the freeway.

Sound Transit is asking for public input to help prioritize projects for funding across the entire system.

Sound Transit staff evaluated the project proposals based on policy and technical factors, rating applications high, medium, or low for each factor, and assigned each project an overall rating of highly recommended, recommended, or not recommended.

At this point, the LFP project is not recommended and the Shoreline project is.

Visit the online open house to express your opinions on all the projects. You also have the opportunity to make comments in general, which will be added to the public documents and be part of the considerations.

The online open house is available here through August 23.

Projects and public comments will be reviewed in September and awarded later this year.


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