It’s been a while since STB has had multiple posts like this and I wanted to quickly add a few ideas to this blue-sky discussion, particularly with relation to projects that I think could fall through the cracks or are more programmatic in nature rather than lines on a map. While I think Sound Transit’s survey is good, as Ben previously mentioned, it sticks fairly closely to the adopted 2005 LRP. Below is a very quick list of some projects or programs that came to mind over my lunch break. I’m not even sure if Sound Transit can do some of these things but I left everything in. Please add to and critique these ideas and send any comments you have to Sound Transit. This is a rare chance to influence the future of regional transit service.
I’d like to see the following ideas or programs addressed in the LRP update:
- HCT corridor from Ballard to Northgate.
- HCT corridor on BNSF corridor from I-90 to Totem Lake.
- HCT corridor between Elliot Bay and 23rd north of downtown.
- Third fully-elevated HCT N/S corridor which takes over travel to/from the airport. Extend Central Link to Southcenter/Renton area.
- A bus-rail integration program that funds small to major capital projects that improve transfers and bus speed and reliability around Link stations.
- Funding to establish a region-wide public development corporation to assist in finance and construction of affordable housing, mixed-use development, and necessary public infrastructure to catalyze private investments along HCT corridors.
- A BRT partnering program to fund the capital components of BRT projects with Metro/CT/PT to a ITDP standard of Bronze for 2nd tier HCT corridors.
- Regionally competitive grants for small to medium sized transit speed and reliability projects along major transit corridors.
- Matching funds for feeder bus service between Link and regional centers not served by HCT with a requirement of very frequent service all day.
- Program to fully implement the Growing Transit Communities partnership.
- Funds for infill stations where appropriate.