As I mentioned on Saturday, the 2008 ST2 package funded a whole bunch of corridor studies around the region. Sound Transit is now in the process of conducting first-pass, high-level conceptual planning around these corridors. Should any of the alternatives prove worthwhile, a detailed public outreach and planning process will occur. It’s important to note that none of these projects are funded for actual construction yet. Nonetheless, the corridor plans give us our first glimpse of what a possible ST3 package might include, should one be put on the ballot in 2016 or later.
Last fall we got to see the first corridor study, Downtown to Ballard. ST completed preliminary work on Federal Way to Tacoma for the 2007 Roads and Transit package. Last week the ST board got a presentation on several more: Downtown to West Seattle (which I wrote about in Saturday’s post), Lynwood to Everett, and the I-405 corridor. In June we’ll see Ballard to the U-District and on to Kirkland and Redmond, along with Kirkland to Bellevue and Issaquah.
In the coming weeks we’ll dive into each of these in turn and have a look at some of the options on the table.