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Light Rail Expansion

Overview

The Sound Transit Light Rail Extensions will include projects that will expand the regional transit system throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Light rail extensions approved as part of the Sound Transit 3 plan, which was approved in 2016, adds 62 miles of light rail as well as providing additional bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, and expanding the capacity and service area of the Sounder rail line. Within the Seattle city limits, the plan includes the West Seattle & Ballard Link Extensions (WSBLE) as well as two infill stations along existing light rail alignments. The WSBLE will include 12 miles of new light rail lines with 14 stations to service West Seattle, SODO, Downtown, South Lake Union, Uptown, Interbay and Ballard neighborhoods. The plan also includes two infill stations, NE 130th St in North Seattle and S Graham St Station in Rainier Valley, along the existing light rail alignment. The West Seattle to Downtown light rail line extension is projected to open in 2030, while the Downtown to Ballard extension will open in 2035.

SDC Documents

The Seattle Design Commission has provided the following recommendations to Sound Transit concerning WSBLE & Station infill projects:

The SDC will continue to provide input as the project develops.

City of Seattle Meeting Materials

The City of Seattle has provided the following presentations and briefings for the WSBLE projects:

Sound Transit Meeting Materials

Sound transit has provided the following presentations and briefings for the WSBLE projects:

Lynnwood Link Extension

West Seattle Link Extension

To be updated as information becomes available

Ballard Link Extension

To be updated as information becomes available

Seattle Design Commission

Address: 600 4th Avenue, 5th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 684-0435
sdc_administration@seattle.gov

The Seattle Design Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on the design of capital improvements and other projects and policies that shape Seattle's public realm.