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Sound Transit begins scoping work for light-rail extension, hires Izquierdo as CCO

The possible extension is part of an overarching goal to create a 116-mile regional system.
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Sound Transit has begun scoping work for a possible regional light-rail extension in Everett, Washington.

The extension to Everett Station would include 16 miles of elevated and at-grade rail from Lynnwood City Center Station, officials said in a press release.

Six new Link station locations, as well as a provisional and unfunded seventh station, will be studied during the planning process. A new operations and maintenance facility is included in the project, which if it goes ahead, will open in 2034 and support the light-rail system.

The extension itself would be expected to open in 2037, but $600 million in additional funding is needed first for that to happen — otherwise, the timeframe projects a 2041 opening for the Everett Station.

This is just one piece of Sound Transit’s overarching goal to extend light rail in nearly all directions to form a 116-mile regional system. The agency has recently opened several new stations with more on the way in 2023 and 2024. More information can be found on their website.

Meanwhile, the agency has hired Andy Izquierdo as chief communications officer. Most recently, Izquierdo was chief communications officer for Waste Management, according to a press release.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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