In the Option 9 comments section it was argued by some that the Ballard Study was to produce only one option. I decided to ask Sound Transit directly. And the project’s Community Outreach Specialist Ryan Bianchi, answered directly:
Our goal is to refine the corridors based on input received from the public and technical analysis to two light rail and two street car options, keeping in mind that we need to balance the appropriate technology with the most feasible routes.
The project team will prepare a final report of study findings in early 2014 for consideration by the City of Seattle leadership and the Sound Transit Board for possible future action. The findings will help inform both Sound Transit and the City of Seattle in future planning decisions. The Sound Transit Board of Directors could consider options to include alternatives from this study in further high capacity transit corridor planning or Sound Transit 3 (ST3) program. The City of Seattle may use information from this study to develop a future funding program, or, if directed by the Mayor and City Council at a future date, it could be the basis to advance an alternative for formal environmental analysis and preliminary design and engineering.
Two options will go to the Sound Transit Board of Directors for ST3 consideration and two options will go before the Seattle City Council for consideration in terms of Transit Master Plan implementation.