Sound Transit is engaging Seattle communities in a conversation about the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project, which will deliver light rail connections to West Seattle and Ballard with stations in between including SODO, Chinatown-International District, Midtown, Westlake, South Lake Union, Denny, Seattle Center, Smith Cove and Interbay.
In late October, the Sound Transit Board identified additional alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in addition to the preferred alternatives and other alternatives the Board identified in May. The Draft EIS is the next step in the environmental review process, where we will evaluate potential impacts and benefits of the alternatives on the natural and built environment, and identify potential mitigation measures. The Draft EIS is anticipated to be released in late 2020 for public review and comment.
As part of our continuing commitment to engage communities and future riders, we’re hosting five Neighborhood Forums to share the alternatives we’ll be studying in the Draft EIS, what happens next in the environmental review process and how communities can stay engaged. There will also be opportunities to participate in small group activities to share your unique neighborhood context and discuss how that might relate to future light rail stations.
The event details are below:
- Downtown Seattle (Includes stations at Seattle Center, South Lake Union, Denny, Midtown, Westlake, Chinatown-International District, Stadium and SODO)
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Seattle Public Library (Washington Mutual Room)
1000 4th Avenue, Seattle
- West Seattle (Includes stations at Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction)
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Alki Masonic Center
4736 40th Avenue SW, Seattle
- Chinatown-International District station (Includes the Chinatown-International District station only*)
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Union Station (Great Hall)
401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
- Interbay-Ballard (Includes stations at Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard)
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
5710 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
- Delridge Station (Includes the Delridge station only*)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Delridge Community Center (Gym)
4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
*Events will build upon the community engagement and collaboration approach outlined in the Racial Equity Toolkit. Interpreters will be available – see web link for more details.
Learn more and RSVP today
If you’re not able to attend in person, we’ll have opportunities to participate online and learn more, starting as early as November 18th.