MLT councilmember to join mayor on Sound Transit North Corridor leadership group

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Kyoko Matsumoto Wright
Jerry Smith

By Doug Petrowski

Mountlake Terrace City Council member Kyoko Matsumoto Wright was appointed to a six-person Sound Transit North Corridor leadership group at the council’s Aug. 20 meeting. Other members include Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith, Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashen, Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough, and a council member from each of the city councils of Shoreline and Lynnwood.

The six elected officials are scheduled to meet quarterly with the Sound Transit Board to discuss issues concerning the transit agency’s planned light rail line running from Northgate to Lynnwood beginning in 2023. The focus of discussions is expected to be location, alignment, access and maintenance of light rail stations along the line, and transit-orientation development around the stations.

The North Corridor leadership group will have no authority for setting Sound Transit policy or adopting specific line or station locations or design; Sound Transit describes the group as “informal” and formed to develop “a common understanding and unified approach to Lynnwood Link issues that come before the ST Board.”

The Mountlake Terrace City Council is on record for preferring a light rail line that extends north from the King-Snohomish County border along the east edge of I-5, with a station located at the Transit Center on 236th Street Southwest. The council also prefers a line design that could make a second station possible at 220th Street Southwest just west of I-5.

Decisions on the light rail’s exact route and station locations aren’t expected until 2015, with construction beginning in 2018.

The formation of the Sound Transit North Corridor leadership group was proposed by the transit agency, with invitations to Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and Lynnwood public officials to join the group coming from Aaron Reardon, Snohomish County Executive and Sound Transit Board Vice Chair, and Dow Constantine, King County Executive and Sound Transit Board member.

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