Sound Transit light rail expansion in Seattle

Creating Connected Communities

Sound Transit is building 14 new light rail stations with  service to West Seattle in 2030 and Ballard in 2035. The new light rail lines and transit tunnel under Downtown, South Lake Union and Seattle Center/Uptown comprise the largest transit investment in our city's history.

Your ideas matter.

To help guide City decisions, we created these guiding principles and objectives. Tell us how important they are to you and your community by taking this survey.

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We want to be transparent with you about what we are doing in support of West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Expansion. The following documents are quarterly reports and other notes that reflect our activities, decision-making and what we have heard while listening to and talking with you and other people in the community.

January - March 2020 Quarterly Report-out (WORD)  (PDF)

January + February 2020 Community Conversation Summaries

Guiding Principles Survey


To help guide City decisions, we created these guiding principles and objectives.

Tell us how important they are to you and your community by taking this survey.

Information on Stations and Neighborhoods

West Seattle and Ballard Stations

130th + 145th Street Stations

Planning around stations


After Sound Transit identifies the final station locations, the City of Seattle will work with communities to:

  • Plan walking, biking, and bus improvements to help you get to stations.
  • Identify opportunities for housing, shopping, and open spaces to create affordable, livable neighborhoods around new stations.
  • Establish priorities to inform project permitting.
  • Pay special attention to reduce or avoid impacts to communities of color whose neighborhoods often bear the burden of large infrastructure projects.

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Additional Funding May be needed


Building light rail transit lines in dense urban neighborhoods is complex. The City is interested in helping Sound Transit build a light rail system that works for generations to come. There are big decisions to be made on station locations and alignments. Sound Transit and the City will work with the community to consider trade-offs and explore alternatives for an enhanced system.