City to participate in regional economic development planning for transit projects

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Mountlake Terrace Transit Center
Mountlake Terrace Transit Center

The Mountlake Terrace City Council gave its approval earlier this month for the city to participate in a regional planning strategy for economic development around anticipated transit projects.

The Growing Transit Communities Compact is a product of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), a multi-jurisdictional group made up of officials from Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap county, city, town, port, transit agency and tribal governments. The document outlines 24 strategies intended to attract more residential and job growth near high-capacity transit, provide for a wide variety of housing choices in the targeted growth areas, and to include existing and future community members in the potential economic growth.

Mountlake Terrace will be the home of at least one, and possibly two, Sound Transit light rail stations upon completion of the planned 8.5 mile extension of light rail service from the Northgate Mall to Lynnwood in 2023. One station will likely be located at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, already an important hub for Sound Transit Express, Community Transit and Metro Transit bus service.

By signing on to the Growing Transit Communities Compact, Mountlake Terrace city officials have committed themselves to working in partnership with other government agencies to achieve goals of the PSRC concerning planned growth around transit investments.

You can view the PSRC Growing Transit Communities Compact here.

The Growing Transit Communities Partnership was funded by a $5 million federal planning grant to the PSRC. Mountlake Terrace City Councilmembers Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and Bryan Wahl have served on the group’s Oversight Committee; Community and Economic Development Director Shane Hope co-chaired the PSRC’s North Corridor Task Force.

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