Sound Transit plans to expand the Link system with new lines to Ballard and West Seattle and extensions to existing lines. I like many of these ideas, but I also have ideas for other lines, as well as some changes to the already planned lines. I will divide this post into different lines. Here is a map of my proposed Link system: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nBYvhYMteQDSepINtLnV9nfzVlA&usp=sharing
West Seattle Line
The West Seattle Line will run south of Downtown with the following stations:
Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal
Burien TC (Maybe, but there should probably also be some infill stations)
Northwest (Ballard) Line
The Northwest Line will run north of Downtown with the following stations:
South Lake Union
NW 65th St
Crown Hill (NW 85th St/15th Ave NW)
I think there should be a line running to Fremont. I would prefer this over a 40 RapidRide. In fact, I wish the Ballard line would go through Fremont, but ST3 already has the Ballard line going through Interbay.
The Fremont Line will run north of Downtown with the following stations:
South Lake Union
Queen Anne (if it’s physically possible)
The Northeast Line is the line that currently goes to University of Washington and will be later extended to Northgate and Lynnwood.
The East Line is the line that will go to Bellevue, Overlake, and Redmond. I like the plan Sound Transit has.
I think the Tacoma extension would make sense, though if it goes north of Downtown Seattle, it would result in a line about 40 miles long. That wouldn’t be too bad though. It could be through-routed with my Fremont Line.
A while back there was a post by Joseph Story on a possible naming scheme for the Link system. I find his ideas pretty interesting, so you guys should read his post.
In my map, I have color-coded the lines. I avoided green and blue because those are being used for the Swift BRT. However, I think there should be some other kind of naming system for Link, maybe by direction, such as Northeast-Southwest.