ST train with Rainier in background

The Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) Light Rail Project will give riders a fast, frequent and reliable connection through some of the worst traffic congestion in Washington State. This extension builds four new light rail stations from Northgate to Lynnwood along the Interstate-5 corridor, two of which will be right here in Shoreline at 145th Street and 185th Street. The City of Shoreline is reviewing designs and issuing permits for the Sound Transit LLE project through Shoreline. The City will be reviewing and issuing permits for all facilities related to light rail in Shoreline including tracks, stations and related amenities, parking garages, and operations structures. Sound Transit anticipates the LLE project starting construction in 2018 and opening for service in 2024.

New Names for the LLE Stations

On July 27, 2017 the Sound Transit Board finalized the selection of new names for Lynnwood Link Extension's four stations. The permanent names will be as follows:

  • Shoreline South/145th previously known as NE 145th
  • Shoreline North/185th prevously known as NE 185th
  • Mountlake Terrace previously known as Mountlake Terrace Transit Center
  • Lynnwood City Center previously known as Lynnwood Transit Center

The Sound Transit Capital Committee recommended the names based on input from the public, the various cities' elected officials, staff and management, and Sound Transit staff. The names recommended for the Shoreline Stations are consistent with the City's request to have the City name included in both station names. Sound Transit added the street names to provide additional location information in the station names. The Sound Transit Board made the final decision to adopt the recommended names.

Upcoming Opportunities for Public Input

General Comments on the Lynnwood Link Extension Project

Please submit your general comments on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project to the City of Shoreline using the link below.

Lynnwood Link Extension Public Comments to the City of Shoreline

Special Use Permit Public Comment Period

The public comment period for the Special Use Permit will begin when the City receives a complete Special Use Permit Application. Further information will be posted when the time frame has been determined. For information regarding the Special Use Permit process and requirements, please refer to the section below entitled Special Use Permit (SUP).

Public Design Review

Soon Sound Transit (ST) will start submitting development permits for City review and approval in order to complete the project in 2024. Since 2010, the City of Shoreline has been actively engaged in Sound Transit’s planning, environmental review, public outreach, and now the design of the LLE project in Shoreline. Council adopted an “Open House-based” public design review process for light rail facilities in Shoreline on August 31, 2015. This process includes:

  • Shoreline Design Process Kick-off Open House (held January 27, 2016)
  • 30% Design Open House (ST held November 16, 2016)
  • 60% Design Open House (ST held May 24, 2017)
  • 90% Design Open House (Date to be determined)

Following each of the Sound Transit Open Houses, City staff is directed to review comments and provide a recap of the Open House and recommended response letter to the Council for their review and approval. In December 2016 and in June 2017, Council provided formal direction to Sound Transit through this process.

Timeline

Lynnwood Link Extension timeline

30% Design Meeting Documents

A 30% Design Open House was held in Shoreline on November 16, 2016. The meeting documents are attached below.

60% Design Open House

Sound Transit held their 60% Design Open House on May 24th, 2017. Informational documents from the Open House are linked below.

Permit Requirements

In Shoreline, Sound Transit's light rail transit facilities and systems are considered to be an essential public facility and require approval first through a Special Use Permit (SUP). The SUP may be granted subject to conditions placed on the proposed essential public facility to ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses, and to ensure that special use decision criteria specific to light rail transit facilities/systems are met.  

In addition to the SUP, the project will require a Critical Areas Special Use Permit, as well as site development, rights-of-way use, and building permits from the City for all aspects of the project. A Critical Areas Special Use Permit reviews development proposals from a public agency or public utility that may not be able to avoid impacts to environmentally critical areas or required buffers. Permit submittals will be reviewed for compliance with all codes and regulations applicable within the City of Shoreline. Applicable Shoreline codes include:

  • Shoreline Municipal Code (SMC)
  • Shoreline Comprehensive Plan (SCP)
  • 2016 City of Shoreline Engineering Development Manual, effective June 13, 2017
  • 2012 Department of Ecology Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington, as Amended in December 2014
  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC) with Washington State Amendments
  • ICC A117.1-2009 Accessibility Requirements with Washington State Amendments
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) with Washington State Amendments
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) with Washington State Amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with Washington State Amendments
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) with Washington State Amendments
  • 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) with Shoreline and Washington State Amendments
  • 2014 National Fire Protection Association 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

Special Use Permit (SUP)

ST current projects map

Sound Transit is currently planning to submit their SUP application in 2018 for review by the City of Shoreline. Once the City determines this application is complete, a notice of application will be sent out and a public comment period will open for community members to submit comments to the City.  Comments need to focus on whether the project meets or does not meet the applicable Special Use Criteria and the City of Shoreline Guiding Principles for Light Rail.  For an overview of public participation opportunities click on the link provided below.

Guiding principles for Light Rail Facility Design were adopted by the Shoreline City Council on February 29, 2016. Developed out of the January 27, 2016 public design kick-off event, these Guiding Principles consist of eight categories, with a number of bullets under each category. The eight categories are as follows:

 1. Multi-modal Access       5. Mobility 
 2. Neighborhood Character 6. Public Amenities
 3. Sustainability 7. Transit-Oriented Development
 4. Public Safety             

8. Public Art
 

Through this application, Sound Transit may also submit requests for modifications of the applicable development code standards for a light rail transit system/facility identified in the Light Rail Supplemental Use Criteria (SMC 20.40.438) if the standard would otherwise make the project impossible or impracticable, would result in reduced public benefits, or the proposed modification would meet or exceed the intended goals of the standards.

The final decision on the Special Use Permit for the LLE project will be made by the City’s Hearing Examiner based on a report from City staff, testimony from Sound Transit, and public comment presented during the public hearing. The City will schedule a public hearing after a complete application is received.

Application Materials

Review Process

Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP)

The LLE Light Rail Project requires a Critical Areas Special Use Permit for proposed critical area impacts in the McAleer Creek Basin which has potential anadromous fish habitat. Sound Transit will hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss the project’s proposed impacts to critical areas and potential mitigation for those impacts prior to submission of the CASUP application. 

Once this application has been submitted and is deemed complete by the City, a notice of application will be sent out and a public comment period will open for community members to submit comments to the City. Comments need to focus on whether the project meets or does not meet the CASUP Decision Criteria (click on link provided below). The public participation opportunities for the CASUP are the same as for the Special Use Permit (click on the link above titled Public Participation & SUP).

The final decision on the Critical Areas Special Use Permit for the LLE project will be made by the City’s Hearing Examiner based on a report from City staff, testimony from Sound Transit, and public comment presented during the public hearing.

Application Materials

Review Process

Recent Public Meetings

Critical Areas Special Use Permit Neighborhood Meeting and Public Comment Period

On August 3, 2017, Sound Transit hosted a neighborhood meeting on the proposed light rail impacts to stream buffer within the McAleer Creek basin at the south east corner of the I-5 Interchange at NE 205th Street. The meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about the details of the work that has critical area impacts and how Sound Transit proposes to mitigate both the temporary and permanent impacts. Read Sound Transit’s meeting announcement for more details.

In early 2018, Sound Transit will submit the required Critical Areas Special Use Permit Application and a public comment period will follow after a determination of complete application. For more information regarding the Critical Areas Special Use Permit process and requirements, please see the section above entitled Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP).

Ridgecrest Park Presentation at neighborhood association meeting

The Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, May 9 featured a discussion of Lynnwood Link impacts and proposed mitigation to Ridgecrest Park. Sound Transit presented current draft plans for anticipated impacts to Ridgecrest Park and proposed mitigation for these impacts. City of Shoreline Staff was also on hand to provide information on design direction that the City has given to Sound Transit regarding improvements within the City’s Rights-of-Way for vehicular and non-motorized use and access near and to the park. For more information on the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association, please visit www.ridgecrestneighborhood.info.

Ronald Bog Public Meeting on wetland mitigation proposal

On April 13, Sound Transit and the City of Shoreline hosted a neighborhood conversation on the proposed compensatory mitigation site for Lynnwood Link light rail impacts to wetlands located within the Twin Ponds sub-basin of the Thornton Creek watershed. The City and Sound Transit are proposing that a portion of Ronald Bog Park be the mitigation site. Elements of the mitigation site include creating new wetlands and buffer, relocating the “Kiss” sculpture and trail improvements in the eastern part of the park.

Parks Board Meeting follow-up

The Shoreline Parks Board reviewed the public comments and City staff made a recommendation on this project proposal at the Parks Board meeting on April 27.