After Thursday’s eye-opening board meeting regarding Sound Transit’s 25% budget shortfall, the agency has moved forward on seeking public for high-capacity transit in the North Corridor, specifically the extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. As we reported, the plans in the corridor are very prone to change from what was proposed in ST2:
Additionally Earl told the board that the extension from Northgate to Lynnwood has been identified as risky. It may need to be changed if the recession is even worse than the July forecast, and much of the project’s details are unknown since little has been done on the extension so far.
More below the jump.
While no one is proposing to rescind light rail as the North Corridor’s preferred mode choice, ST has been careful not to identify any one type of transit as the preeminent mode. A number of Thursday’s comments expressed concern over the potential of losing rail in the corridor. While the ST2 plan does state light rail as the intended mode to Lynnwood, the Board reserves the prerogative to change that depending on the alternatives analysis. From Sound Transit’s North Corridor page:
The North Corridor HCT project relies on receiving federal assistance to complete the project. In order to qualify for federal grants, Sound Transit must complete an Alternatives Analysis (AA). This requires examination of reasonable alternatives to meet the needs of the corridor and will help Sound Transit identify a preferred transit mode and route.
The agency will host three workshops to allow the public to weigh in on several factors that will shape the North alignment. Workshop details from ST’s website below the jump.
As part of the Sound Transit 2 plan approved by voters in 2008, we are starting the formal planning process for mass transit between Northgate and Lynnwood with early scoping. We want to hear from you because public input received during this early scoping process will help us identify the best way to serve your community.
Attend a hands-on planning session to learn and comment about:
• Project purpose and schedule
• Areas that may be served by future stations
• Criteria for reviewing alternatives
October 7 – North Seattle
Ingraham High School
1819 N. 135th St., Seattle 98133
October 12 – Lynnwood
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036
October 14 – Shoreline
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline 98155
All meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. A presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by a workshop.