Sound Transit Open House/Hearing – Update from Jan – August 15, 2013

Hi All,

I attended the Sound Transit Open House/Hearing last night. The good news is that there will be other planned north-end open house/hearings regarding the Lynnwood Link Light Rail Extension, like last night’s, so you can attend one of them next week if you’d like to learn more in person. See the other scheduled dates and locations below.

FYI – I was mistaken about the focus of last night’s open house as I stated in my earlier email, but it was still worthwhile attending, and I feel it will be very worthwhile to send our comments to Sound Transit with our concerns, and to request that they do prioritize bicycle & pedestrian access at its future light rail stations.

Last night was the first of four north-end locations for an open house/hearing; it was held at the Nile Shrine (& Golf Course). A Draft Environmental Impact Statement was recently published for the Lynnwood Link Extension project. If you wish to review the full document, it’s supposed to be at most public libraries (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, etc). Last night’s hearing portion was not in a question & answer format, but the attendees who wished to make public record comments at the hearing could do so.

The purpose last night was to let people in this area see what the route & station options are for bringing Link Light Rail from North Seattle/Northgate to the Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, & Lynnwood area, ask questions of Sound Transit staff while reviewing the detailed maps & reader boards, and for area residents to give their comments/input about it. Lynnwood is slated to be the northern-most station for the Link Light Rail system. (I have ridden on Link Light Rail from SeaTac Airport to downtown Seattle several times, and I feel that it’s a great way to get in & out of the airport, and it’d be real nice to have it extended all the way up to Lynnwood).

They’ve been working the past several years (if my memory is correct) on the construction stage to bring the Link LR from downtown northward into the U of WA campus area, and then north from the campus to Northgate area. It won’t be until 2023 when it’s all completed in Lynnwood, assuming they get all the funding. At this stage, there are quite a few different route & station options (see the first pdf listed below, which includes maps of 3 segments of the Lynnwood Link Extension; these segments are listed as A, B & C alternatives).

Here is a list of Sound Transit’s Public Open House/Hearings to be held in our area if you wish to attend one of them, but were unable to attend last night:

All Open Houses are from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
1. Mountlake Terrace, Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Nile Shrine Golf Center, 6601 244th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace
2. Seattle, Tue., Aug. 20, 2013
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. N.E., Seattle
3. Lynnwood, Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood
4. Shoreline, Thur., Aug. 22, 2013
Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave. N.E., Shoreline
(Comments will be accepted by Sound Transit until Sept. 23rd)

Last night everyone who spoke on record had the attitude that “yes, I support mass transit & link light rail, but not in my back yard”, as you’d expect. If it were going to be built in my back yard (added traffic, noise, etc), or causing my property/home to be devalued, or worse yet to be demolished, or putting me into limbo and unable to sell my property near one of their possible routes, especially if my property is my “retirement fund” being held in limbo, I’d be unhappy too, as were the folks who voiced their opinions last night. I was surprised to learn about a large Latvian Lutheran Church & Community Center near the Northgate area, whose church & community center property would likely be demolished by Sound Transit, if the current routes are used in their future construction. This group of folks is a rather large group, surprising to me…I’d never heard of this church & community center before last night. Those church/community center folks present last night consisted of people originally from Latvia, Lithuania, &/or Estonia.

I’ve heard that Sound Transit does not typically prioritize bike access and connections to their rail stations, unless our voices are heard during this comment period. Comments will be accepted until Sept. 23rd. I have extra hard-copies of comment forms & 2 copies of the Guide to the Draft EIS here, if anyone wants to stop by to pick one up, or you can download their Guide from their website at:

SoundTransit.org – DEIS Guide, July 18, 2013 [PDF]

For additional info about the Lynnwood Link Extension read the following resources from SoundTransit.org:

Sound Transit’s “Guide to the Draft EIS” says you may submit your comments to Sound Transit…

In person:
Complete a comment form or provide verbal comment
to a court reporter at a public open house
By email:
LynnwoodLinkDEIS@soundtransit.org
By mail:
Sound Transit
Draft EIS Comments c/o Lauren Swift
401 S. Jackson St.,
Seattle, WA 98104

Regards,

Jan

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