Readers, Sound Transit would like us to remind you that this Wednesday is the last day to weigh in on the next phase of Sound Transit 3 planning. Our regional transit authority wants to know what you think should be part of next year’s likely vote to bring light rail and improved bus service into more neighborhoods.
There are several ways you can make your voice heard:
- Take the online survey
- View the new ST3 website with the draft priority list and map
- Email the agency at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail comments to: Sound Transit | 401 S Jackson St | Seattle, WA 98104
- Tweet to @SoundTransit
Your input will help Sound Transit staff and boardmembers decide what projects are worthy of further study for inclusion in an ST3 proposal.
Sound Transit’s jurisdiction includes urban King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, encompassing the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and Bellevue. Suburbs of those cities, like NPI’s hometown of Redmond, are also in ST’s service area.
ST3 is so named because it will be the third phase of Sound Transit’s system build-out. The first phase was approved in November 1996; most of what was proposed then has since been constructed, though the planned light rail line running through Seattle had to be scaled back until more funding could be secured.
Sound Transit 2 was approved in November 2008; that set of projects is either in the construction phase already, or nearing groundbreaking. Passage of Sound Transit 2 provided funding to bring Link to Northgate (as had been promised in 1996 with ST1) and beyond to Lynnwood, as well as east to Redmond and south towards Federal Way. If voters approve ST3 next year, it will authorize ST to bring better transit service into even more neighborhoods.
Before ST3 goes to the ballot, though, the Sound Transit board needs to figure out what the best mix of projects is. Ridership, accessibility, and transit-oriented development potential will factor into the board’s decisions. But so will your input! So if you want your voice to be heard… take the survey today and have your say.