The Mountlake Terrace City Council has communicated its support to Sound Transit for light rail extension in the North Corridor at a location near 236th just east of I-5 and an expansion and retrofit of the existing Freeway Station in the median of I-5. A third location was recommended for consideration as an additional station at 220th and I-5 that could be built later and supplement the other two stations.
The City Council indicated that the three light rail stations would complement the 10 years of planning and implementation that the city has undertaken to encourage redevelopment of its Town Center. The 236th location was considered the most supportive of transit-oriented development in the Town Center to the east and to the mixed-use zone to the south.
“Our goal is to provide the greatest access to our two major redevelopment areas, which are envisioned to reinvigorate the city through two vibrant, walkable districts with new shops, plazas, homes and offices,” said Mayor Jerry Smith.
The Sound Transit Board will decide which of the alternatives should be studied in more detail. A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including the station locations, is expected to be ready by about mid-2013. It will be available for public review and comment for at least a 45-day period. The Sound Transit Board will then review both the draft EIS and public comments before identifying the preferred alternative for a final EIS. Work on the Final EIS is expected to begin in late 2013 with publication scheduled for 2014.