Last Thursday the Sound Transit board approved alignment and station locations to be included in the Draft Environment Impact Study (DEIS). Like East Link, Sound Transit has identified 3 different segments:
- Segment A – Northgate to NE 185th St
- Segment B – NE 185th to 212th St SW
- Segment C – 212th St SW to Lynnwood TC
Each Segment has several variations of station locations and guideway alignment. While ST2 initially identified four stations, five stations appears to be a possibility if the cost and ridership benefits of the stations outweighs the ridership lost due to the additional travel time and additional costs incurred by the station.
Alternative A1: At-grade/elevated to NE 145th and NE 185th east side stations
Alternative A3: Mostly elevated to NE 145th and NE 185th east side stations
Alternative A5: At-grade/elevated to NE 130th, NE 155th and NE 185th east side stations
Alternative A7: Mostly elevated to NE 130th, NE 155th and NE 185th east side stations
Alternative A9: At-grade/elevated to NE 145th and NE 175th east side stations
Alternative A10: At-grade/elevated to NE 130th, NE 145th and NE 185th east side stations
Alternative A11: Mostly elevated to NE 130th, NE 145th and NE 185th east side stations
Segment A has the largest number of variations, with two alternatives including the two presumptive stations at NE 145th and NE 185th and four alternatives with three stations. Of these four alternatives NE 130th St figures prominently, with it included all of the three station alternatives. Alternative A9 was removed upon an amendment proposed by Larry Philips, who had initially pushed for consideration of the NE 175th St station.
Inclusion of NE 130th is promising news. The Seattle City Council, led by Richard Conlin, unanimously passed Resolution 31168 supporting inclusion of the NE 130th St station in the DEIS. The NE 130th St station also sailed through the ST Capital Committee, where it was also unanimously recommended for inclusion in the DEIS. In my opinion NE 130th St has unexpectedly become a very promising aspect of the North Corridor.
While the NE 130th St station has limited TOD potential, not unlike the other I-5 station locations, it has huge potential when it comes to connecting the hub urban villages of Bitter Lake and Lake City by transit. Given a concise restructure of Metro’s transit service that allows for very frequent (4-8 minute headways all day) East-West service on NE125th/NE130 between the two hub urban villages and Link, this station could go a very long way in redeeming the North Corridor with relation to TOD.
Alternative B1: East side to Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to median
Alternative B2: East side to Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to west side
Alternative B2a: East side to Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to west side with 220th station
Alternative B4: East side to Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station to median
While segment B has four alternatives, the variations mostly relates to the specifics location of the Mountlake Terrace Station. Alternative B2a include a 220th St SW station, which should be an interesting station to watch due to it’s close proximity to a the fair sized employment center in the area as well as improve connections to the City of Edmonds.
Alternative C1: 52nd Avenue W to 200th Street station
Alternative C2: 52nd Avenue W to Lynnwood Transit Center station
Alternative C3: I-5 to Lynnwood Park & Ride station
The northern most segment has three alternatives and includes four station locations, three of which I beleieve are variations on the station location in the vicinity of the Lynnwood P&R station. From my limited knowledge of the area, the 52nd Ave W stations looks like it would be the poorest performing station to be included in the DEIS.