Sound Transit needs your help deciding where regional transit services could expand after current voter-approved projects are complete in 2023. An important process getting underway today to update the region’s Long-Range Plan will provide the vision for transit expansions many years into the future.
What is the regional Long-Range Plan?
Voters in Central Puget Sound approved the formation of Sound Transit to develop a high-capacity transportation system for the region, where about 40 percent of the state’s residents live. Updating the plan will address how to respond to rising demand and congestion as our population grows approximately 30 percent by 2035.
The Long-Range Plan serves as the blueprint for how the region can use mass transit expansions to protect and promote its mobility, economy and environment. Future ballot measures will be shaped by the plan.
Shape the future of regional mass transit – get involved
Sound Transit will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to update the Long-Range Plan. The first step in the process, called scoping, will determine which alternatives will be studied in the SEIS. Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 25 this important process will give you, local jurisdictions and public agencies a chance to learn more about the project, provide comments, and help Sound Transit identify and consider potential alternatives and effects on the environment.
There are several great ways to make sure the Sound Transit Board hears your input:
- Attend one of the upcoming public meetings around the region (see below)
- Take an online survey at soundtransit.org/LongRangePlan
- E-mail your comments to LongRangePlan@soundtransit.org
- Send postal mail to: Sound Transit, Attn: James Irish, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104
Evening events are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Seattle – Tuesday, Nov. 12
Seattle University Campion Ballroom
914 E. Jefferson St.
Federal Way—Wednesday, Nov. 13
Federal Way Community Center
876 S. 333rd St.
Redmond—Thursday, Nov. 14
7401 164th Ave. N.E.
Tacoma—Monday, Nov. 18
Tacoma Convention Center
Everett—Tuesday, Nov. 19
Eisenhower Middle School
10200 25th Ave. S.E.
Daytime event: Seattle—Thursday, Nov. 21
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St.
Today, Sound Transit trains and buses serve approximately 100,000 riders each weekday. The starting point for considering future expansions is this existing system and currently funded projects. By 2023, the Link light rail system is on track to grow to nearly 50 miles, expanding north to Lynnwood, east to Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake area, and south to Kent/Des Moines. These voter-approved extensions are projected to increase Sound Transit daily ridership to about 350,000 in 2030.
The region will face major challenges maintaining an effective transportation system in the coming decades as more and more people call the more than 50 cities that Sound Transit serves home. You can play an important role in deciding where expanded services go.