Sound Transit releases computer animation of proposed Lynnwood Link rail route options


MAP_Lynnwood-Link_402x663As Sound Transit board members get closer to making a decision about a preferred route and station locations for the planned Lynnwood Link light rail extension, the agency has released computerized animation showing what each route option would look like between the Northgate Mall and Lynnwood.

The animation shows the light rail line running primarily alongside I-5, then offering a few different route options through Mountlake Terrace and into Lynnwood. You can view the animations here.

There are numerous combinations of route and station options that Sound Transit officials are considering for the 8.5-mile light rail extension. In Mountlake Terrace, route options include running the line north of the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center up the middle median of I-5 or along the freeway’s west side. Station options include one just north of the current freeway flyer platforms used by Sound Transit and Community Transit buses, a station on a platform above 236th Street Southwest and the surface parking lot at the Transit Center, and/or a station raised above 220th Street Southwest just west of I-5.

The Capital Committee of the Sound Transit Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, and may at that meeting make a recommendation about a preferred route and station locations. If they do, it is anticipated that the full Sound Transit Board of Directors will identify their preferred alternative at their Nov. 21 Board meeting. While selection of a preferred route and station alternative doesn’t kill the other options, it would direct Sound Transit staff to concentrate their efforts on the board’s preferred choice.

Sound Transit officials anticipate design of the Lynnwood Link will begin in 2015, construction beginning in 2018, and service to get underway in 2023.

— By Doug Petrowski


  1. If you want riders, reduced cost, and reduced noise, just do away with the carpool lanes and install two ground level tracks between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5. The property is already available and owned by DOT. The lower level of the ship canal bridge will work perfect for this. Make the existing park and rides park and trains, Everett transit station, 112th, 164th, 44th, 236th, Northgate, U-district, downtown. Have one train going northbound between Everett and Seattle while the other goes southbound, like the ferrys do on the water. Very simple and easy. Building a raised track will be noisy, costly, reduce property values, and take forever. If you want people to ride, let them see it go whistling by at ground level 20 feet away from where they are sitting stuck in traffic in thier car. Easy peasy and a quick solve all while being way more inexpensive.

    • You forgot ‘Abra-Cadabra’.

      There is nothing simple about moving large numbers of people through an elongate corridor created by two large bodies of water on the east and west sides. Doing away with carpool lanes is far more likely to increase the number of single-passenger vehicles than to incentivize people to use mass transit. Oh, and that larger number of vehicles will have to use a smaller number of traffic lanes, because you eliminated them to decrease costs for mass transit that most people still will not use.

      Lowering construction costs for mass transit should not be done by shafting the vast majority of the working population for whom mass transit does not and will not work.


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