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Sound Transit teams with regional agencies for 'Trees for Rail'

The program aims to reduce the impact of the light-rail corridor-adjacent homeowners.
Photo – soundtransit.org


Sound Transit, the city of Shoreline, Washington, and the King Conservation District are partnering for Trees for Rail, a program to re-green the Lynnwood Link light-rail corridor with native trees and shrubs as it passes through Shoreline.

The program calls for using King Conservation District’s county-wide Urban Tree Canopy program to establish native vegetation and a tree canopy to reduce the impact on corridor-adjacent homeowners, according to a news release. 

Shoreline requires landscape buffers between the light rail corridor and residential neighborhoods, but in some locations there is not enough space on Sound Transit-owned property or in the city right-of-way to plant the buffers.

Shoreline, Sound Transit and the King Conservation District developed the Trees for Rail plan to offer trees and shrubs to be planted at nearby homes or adjacent city rights-of-way in the impacted neighborhoods.

Eligible residents along the rail corridor in parts of the Ridgecrest, North City and Ballinger neighborhoods can volunteer to receive native trees and shrubs — installed by district experts — free of charge. Households also receive training on how to care for their plants with additional assistance if needed.