Accessible Mt. Baker
Last updated: July 21, 2017
Thank you for your interest in the Accessible Mt. Baker project. We are preparing to move into the project development phase and there will opportunities for additional community participation and to provide feedback on the initial design. Check back for more details this fall.
November 12, 2015 Open House Boards
Accessible Mt. Baker will identify near-term access and safety improvements for the community near the Link light rail station and the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Rainer Ave. The effort will also develop a long-term multimodal plan consistent with the objectives of the Mt Baker Urban Design Framework and the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan. The process will engage community members and transit users in coming up with innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area.
SDOT has identified key outcomes for Accessible Mt Baker. First and foremost, the project will engage and interact with the community to better understand how the existing transportation system functions and how it can be most readily improved. No one knows and experiences the challenges and opportunities of the Mt Baker Station Area better than the people who travel through it on a daily or frequent basis. The plan will only be truly successful if it has the strong support of the community in which it is designed to serve.
Reflecting community needs and aspirations, the project will begin by identifying and developing conceptual designs for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects in the ½-mile station area. These improvements will be designed for implementation by SDOT in the short-term, at a relatively low cost. Potential projects will address challenges and constraints identified in the Southeast Transportation Study and reflect best practices in urban street and bikeway designs. One example is improving crossing conditions in the vicinity of the Rainier Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The second project outcome is the development of a long-range integrated multimodal plan for the Mt. Baker Town Center. This will include an operational analysis for all modes of travel, with a specific emphasis considering policy direction from adopted modal plans and major truck streets. The operational plan shall consider that transformation from an auto-oriented area to a transit-oriented destination will happen over the span of many years. The plan will also lay out strategies and recommendations that have been identified to strengthen community assets and values. Some examples may include restoring historic boulevard connections, creating linkages to parks and green belts, and identification of placemaking elements emphasizing unique cultural and community traditions.
For more project background information, please refer to the following documents: