Sound Transit representative joins task force on rail crossing alternatives analysis

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A representative from Sound Transit has joined Mayor Dave Earling’s Advisory Task Force to help guide the at-grade rail crossings alternatives analysis in Edmonds.

Jodi Mitchell, project manager in Sound Transit’s Business and Construction Services Division, has been named to the task force, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling announced.

The alternatives analysis project is being funded through a combination of state, regional and local contributions of $690,000, including $10,000 from Sound Transit.

“Ms. Mitchell’s experience with complex construction projects will be of definite value on this Task Force,” said Earling, “and Sound Transit’s financial contribution to the effort speaks volumes about the importance this issue is to the transit agency as well.”

The now 12-member advisory task force is co-chaired by Port of Edmonds Commissioner Jim Orvis and Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson. Other members include: Kirk Greiner (Edmonds resident), Cadence Kerr (Edmonds resident), Phil Lovell (Edmonds resident), Joy Munkers (Community Transit), Rick Wagner (BNSF), Lynn Griffiths (WSDOT – Ferries Division), Lorena Eng (WSDOT). City staff members Rob English (City Engineer) and Patrick Doherty (Director of Economic Development and Community Services) will join to facilitate the Advisory Task Force.

According to Earling, the task force’s objective is to “listen, study and make recommendations” to the consultant who will be hired to conduct the alternatives analysis and help guide the community through the process.

The alternatives analysis is expected to take approximately 14-18 months to complete and will include extensive public outreach and involvement. The city will issue a report in December to update Washington State legislators on the study’s progress.

Once the study is complete, the city will be in position to seek funding to complete an environmental review, detailed design and construction of the preferred alternative.

The alternatives analysis project is being funded through a combination of state, regional and local contributions of $690,000, including $50,000 from BNSF, $25,000 from the Port of Edmonds and $10,000 from Sound Transit.

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