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10/28/2019



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Sound Transit identifies additional routes for light-rail extension project


The West Seattle and Ballard Link light-rail extensions will be complete in 2030 and 2035, respectively.
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Sound Transit's board last week identified two additional design alternatives for the 11.8-mile West Seattle and Ballard Link light-rail extensions to study in a draft environmental impact statement (EIS). 

The additional alternatives include an elevated alignment along the Yancy/Andover corridor in West Seattle with a station in the Delridge district to serve the Youngstown area. This alternative would connect to previously identified EIS alternatives serving the Avalon and Alaska Junction areas.

Another alternative route refines a previously identified route. The design calls for construction of an elevated station in the South of Downtown (SoDo) area, while retaining the existing SoDo station at grade. The alternative also calls for retaining Lander Street at grade and constructing a Holgate Street overcrossing.

The additional alternatives were suggested during the project’s scoping period and will be analyzed along with the previously selected alternatives, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.

The final EIS is anticipated to be completed in 2022, after which the board will select a project to be built.

The West Seattle and Ballard Link extensions would expand light rail from downtown Seattle to West Seattle’s Alaska Junction neighborhood, and to the Ballard’s Market Street area. The West Seattle extension will be complete in 2030, and the Ballard extension will be complete in 2035.



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