On 28/07/2022 the Sound Transit Board identified the preferred light rail route and station locations for the West Seattle Link Extension. Identification of Ballard Link Extension preferred alternative deferred to early 2023 pending further study and engagement in certain areas from the Chinatown-International District through Downtown, Interbay, and Ballard.
In the West Seattle extension, the Board identified the Preferred Alternative for the West Seattle Link Extension as the Medium Tunnel 41st Avenue Station alternative in the West Seattle Junction segment, the Andover Street Station Lower Height alternative in the Delridge segment, the South Crossing alternative in the Duwamish Segment, and the At-Grade Alternative Staggered Station Configuration in the SODO segment.
The Board will also consider the At-Grade South Station Option as a possible Preferred Alternative with future endorsement contingent on resolving with partner agencies federal property acquisition requirements and project funding needs in a manner that does not impact the West Seattle Link Extension schedule. A report for Board consideration is due no later than September 2022.
The Board also directed further studies in the West Seattle extension to enhance station access, prioritize an integrated and well-designed transfer experience from buses to light rail, and address concerns over potential displacements of organizations serving low-income and communities of color and determine potential third-party funding needs.
For the Ballard Link Extension, the Board directed further study before confirming or modifying the preferred alternative. The Board requested further study to recognize past harms, minimize displacements and potential loss of cultural identity; conduct additional engagement between community and agency partners; support investment in public spaces; improve the experience for riders; minimize construction impacts and risks, and determine potential third-party funding needs.
It will be provided updates to the Board on progress in November 2022 and February 2023, after which the Board may confirm or modify the preferred alternative for the Ballard extension.