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:

  • Shoreline South/145th Station located at 148th Street and 5th Ave NE; and
  • Shoreline North/185th Station located at NE 185th Street and 8th Ave NE.

The City of Shoreline is reviewing designs and issuing permits for the Sound Transit LLE Light Rail 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 started construction on the LLE Light Rail Project in 2019 and anticipates the Project will open for service in 2024.

Construction Alerts for the City of Shoreline 

July 10, 2019 - Steel Pole Foundation Work on 5th Avenue NE (NE 180th-185th Streets)
Fifth Avenue NE between NE 180th Street and NE 185th Street will have a full lane closure beginning as early as July 15th and will remain closed for up to five days.  During that period, Seattle City Light will be setting the transmission line steel poles. There will be flaggers on site to keep traffic moving for local access only.

July 1, 2019 - Steel Pole Foundation Work on Northeast 180th Street
Starting as early as July 8th, Sound Transit will be working on Northeast 180th Street setting steel pole foundations for early work construction. Open lanes to traffic will be reduced to 11 feet near the construction work zone area, and all traffic will be assisted by flaggers on site.

June 24, 2019 - Steel Pole Foundation Work on Northeast 185th Street
Sound Transit will reduce Northeast 185th Street to a two lane road going in each direction in order to perform foundation work for new utility poles. This work will commence as early as June 27th and may include evening and weekend hours to complete the necessary work prior to July 4th.

June 20, 2019 - Steel Pole Foundation Work on 5th Avenue Northeast

For approximately two weeks beginning as early as June 24th, Sound Transit will close 5th Avenue Northeast to a full lane closure from NE 180th Street to NE 185th Street. Sound Transit will be setting heavy equipment and drilling shafts for steel pole foundations for new utility poles.

June 18, 2019 - Ronald Bog Park Wetland Mitigation Work
Ronald Bog Park will be closed as early as July 1st as Sound Transit begins construction of wetland mitigation to replace wetlands affected by light rail construction. The Park will remain closed to the public through the end of fall (18-20 weeks). Sound Transit is using an area of Ronald Bog Park for a wetland mitigation site to replace wetlands affected by light rail construction. Enhancements to the park, including trail improvements, will be made as part of the project.

May 6, 2019 - Tree and Vegetation Removal
Tree and vegetation removal will be starting adjacent to NE 145th Street and I-5 near the Jackson Park Golf Course as early as May 2nd. For more information, please see the document linked above.

LLE Project Updates

Attend a Drop-In Session on July 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Shoreline Public Library 

This is the first of a number of drop-in sessions that Sound Transit will be holding during construction of the Light Rail Project. Drop by any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to ask questions and speak with Project staff about the next steps in the construction phase of the Project.

July 8, 2019 Update on the Sound Transit Project in Shoreline

Please check out the flyer linked above that gives a good general overview of the Light Rail Project currently underway in Shoreline. Included on pages 7-8 is a breakdown of the general schedule of work that we can anticipate occurring in Shoreline over the next several years.

May 6, 2019 - Moving forward: Lynnwood Link construction coming this spring

See this linked article for current information on the Lynnwood Link Project and an overview of Sound Transit's program to plant and maintain more than 20,000 replacement trees along the light rail guideway. In some areas, they will also be removing invasive plant species, such as ivy and blackberries. Sound Transit's ambitious tree replacement plan includes an extended maintenance period to improve the survival rates of the replacement trees. For further information on the tree replacement program, see the handout entitled More Transit, More Trees.

Early Work has Commenced on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project

Sound Transit has been submitting permit applications to the City for the next stage of work on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. The "early work" which began early in 2019 consists of clearing and grading as well as relocating utilities to make way for the future light rail tracks, stations, and parking garages. Removal of trees along the east side of I-5 for the future light rail route will be the most visible change early in 2019. Sound Transit is submitting these permit applications under the City's Master Permit guidelines for Right of Way Use and for Site Development. For organizational purposes, Sound Transit has divided the light rail route through the City of Shoreline into multiple work zones, and the permit submittals are being grouped by these specific work zones.

The City requirements for permit submittals are contained in Master Checklists that have been adjusted specifically for transit and light rail projects. Below are links to the five main Master Checklists that will govern the upcoming permit submittals:

Master ROW Use Permit Checklist
Zone ROW Use Permit Checklist
Master Site Development Permit Checklist
Zone Site Development Permit Checklist
Light Rail Demo Permit Checklist 2018

Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project Online Information

Construction began on Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link Light Rail Project early in 2019. For up-to-date information about the Project, visit SoundTransit.org/LLE. Specific plans for the Shoreline South/145th Station and the Shoreline North/185th Station are available on the site, and at the bottom of each page is an option to subscribe for updates via email or text message on the Link Light Rail Project or other Sound Transit projects.

Light Rail Land Use Approvals

Approval for Sound Transit's Special Use Permit Application

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to the City of Shoreline in August of 2018. The City reviewed Sound Transit's application based on its meeting the applicable Special Use Criteria and the City of Shoreline Guiding Principles for Light Rail, which were adopted by the Shoreline City Council on February 29, 2016. Sound Transit's application and supporting documents are available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Hearing Records, HE18-08 Sound Transit - SPL18-0140.

A Public Hearing was held before the City of Shoreline's Hearing Examiner on April 24, 2019, and the Hearing Examiner issued a Decision on May 31, 2019. Sound Transit's SUP application was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2019 - SPL18-0140 Sound Transit SUP Decision, or by request for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit Application for Geologic Hazard Area

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP) for work on the Light Rail Project that will be located within the embankment of the I-5 northbound ramp, generally between NE 200th Street and the I-5/SR 104 cloverleaf loop. This embankment meets the City's definition of a very high risk landslide (geologic hazard) area. A CASUP is required to allow development in a critical area or buffer by a public agency when the strict application of the critical area standards would unreasonably prohibit the provision of public services. Sound Transit requested release from the applicable Municipal Code criteria for alteration of very high risk landslide areas.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on May 2, 2019. Sound Transit's CASUP application for the Geologic Hazard Area was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available online on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2019 HE Decision PLN19-0019 - CASUP, or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit for McAleer Creek

Sound Transit submitted an application for a Critical Area Special Use Permit (CASUP) for the McAleer Creek buffer area in the southern cloverleaf at the interchange of I-5 and SR104. A CASUP is required to mitigate the unavoidable impacts to wetlands and wetland buffers in the City of Shoreline during and after the construction of the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project through the City. Sound Transit is proposing to construct a portion of the light rail elevated guideway in the McAleer Creek buffer area.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on January 4, 2019. Sound Transit's CASUP application for the McAleer Creek buffer area was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available online on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2018 HE Decision PLN18-0114 - CASUP (McAleer Creek), or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Approval of the Critical Areas Special Use Permit for Ronald Bog

Sound Transit submitted an application to the City of Shoreline for a Critical Areas Special Use Permit (CASUP) in order to obtain permission to develop a wetland mitigation site at Ronald Bog Park as off-site mitigation for permanent wetland and wetland buffer impacts resulting from the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority's Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. A public hearing regarding the CASUP application was held on November 27, 2018.

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Shoreline issued a Notice of Decision on December 11, 2018. Sound Transit's CASUP application was APPROVED, with conditions. A copy of the Decision is available on the Hearing Examiner's web page under Hearing Examiner Records, HE Decisions 2013 to current, 2018 HE Decision PLN18-0086 - CASUP (Ronald Bog), or by request, for review at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA.

Timeline

Sound Transit 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.

Light Rail Project Update Open House

Sound Transit held an Open House on June 27, 2018 to provide updates to the Community on the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Project. Open House graphics for both Shoreline stations are linked below.