Story and photo by Larry Vogel
With the planned extension of Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail into Snohomish County, officials from the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds have been studying the local impacts of the various alternatives and coming up with recommendations to ensure the best possible outcome for residents and businesses in the project area.
On Friday, May 3 they gathered at Lynnwood City Hall to brief U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (D-2nd District) — who represents Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier — on their findings.
The project is still in the planning stages, and Larsen heard about the pros and cons of a number of station location and routing alternatives. Among the issues discussed were whether to run track between Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood on the west or east side of Interstate 5, whether to have a second station in Mountlake Terrace near the 220th Street Southwest I-5 interchange (the first would be adjacent to the existing Mountlake Terrace transit center), and how to configure the Lynnwood Transit Center station.
City officials briefed Larsen on the potential impacts of the various alternatives on traffic patterns, environmentally sensitive areas, the local economy and more. He praised the city officials for their thoughtfulness and hard work, and for helping him gain a more complete understanding of the project alternatives and impacts.
Sound Transit plans to release the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) later this summer, which will line out in detail the impacts of the various routing and station alternatives. This will be followed by a comprehensive public comment period in preparation for the Final EIS.
In the meantime, the agency has released preliminary information giving an overview of the project and the alternatives to be included in the upcoming draft EIS.
Completion of the project is planned for 2023. More information is available at Sound Transit’s website.