Accessible Mt. Baker

Last updated: July 23, 2019

What's Happening Now?

We're starting to develop near-term walking and biking connections to build by 2024. We're also working with an inter-agency partnership to take larger steps toward the greater Accessible Mt. Baker vision including potentially relocating the Metro Transit Center closer to the light rail station. 

Project Overview

The Mount Baker Station Area has been the focus of several planning processes in the past 10 years in which the Mt. Baker community articulated a vision for a thriving, diverse, sustainable, and affordable town center. As public-sector capital investments and private sector developments occur, there is an opportunity for interdepartmental collaboration to best meet the community's vision and develop near-term recommendations. 

The SDOT Accessible Mt. Baker Plan envisions transforming an auto-oriented area into a pedestrian and transit-oriented destination that is safer and more vibrant for everyone. The first design phase is working with an interagency team (including Seattle Office of Planning and Development, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Metro, Sound Transit, and University of Washington) to determine a possible relocation of the Mt. Baker Transit Center to improve transit connections and reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflicts. The partner agencies are working with the Urban Land Institute to convene a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). The TAP is an objective team of seasoned professionals who are developing recommendations and identifying next steps toward implementing the community's vision. We expect to have more to share on recommendations and next steps in late summer 2019.

SDOT is also working on near-term improvements to walking and biking connections in the area to build by 2024. 

Over the next few years, we'll design and build near-term improvements, and work toward the Accessible Mt. Baker plan in partnership with other agencies. 

Mt Baker Transit Center

Existing Transit Center that will possibly be relocated to improve transit connections and pedestrian safety.

Project Background

Rainier Ave S and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S (MLK) are key southeast corridors for people driving, taking transit, and moving goods. It's also an important connector to I-90 and I-5. The existing intersection has been a problem for the neighborhood - it causes truncated transit connections, pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, disconnected bike routes, as well as congested and confusing traffic movements. 

In 2015, we worked with neighbors and built on past plans to come up with a concept to reconfigure the intersection of Rainier and MLK. Recognizing the need and community's desire for safety, accessibility, and vibrancy, we developed a long-term Multimodal Plan consistent with the objectives of the North Rainier Urban Village AssessmentNorth Rainier Action Plan, and Mt. Baker Town Center - Urban Design Framework


In the near-term, we are identifying walking and biking improvements near the Link light rail station to build by 2024. 

Intersection of Rainier and MLK

The Rainier and MLK intersection is in the middle of major destinations including the Mt. Baker Link Light Rail Station, King County Metro Transit Center, Franklin High School, housing, and retail.

Schedule

This year
  • Work with Metro/Sound Transit on developing transit center relocation concept
  • Design team reviews near-term improvements and determines what to implement
  • Outreach team collects input on near-term improvements to inform on what to implement
2020 Bring selected near-term improvements to final design
By 2024 Build near-term improvements

Funding

Early design and near-term improvements are funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, a 9-year $930 milion levy approved by voters in 2015. Final design and construction of the Accessible Mt. Baker grand vision are not yet funded. 

Materials

December 2016

Plan & Illustration

November 12, 2015 Open House

Planning Documents