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LAST UPDATED:  February 2020

Feasibility Study Completed – What Happens Next

The feasibility study set the vision for a two and a half mile long shared-use path that would run roughly parallel to future light rail in Shoreline. The study identified the preferred alignment for the Trail and assessed the level of effort (easy, moderate, difficult) to construct each segment of the Trail (see color-coded segments on the Preferred Alignment map below).

Now that the study has been completed, what happens next?

The City anticipates Trail segments will be implemented in phases. As part of the Lynnwood Link Light Rail Extension permitting requirements, Sound Transit will be constructing right of way improvements along portions of 1st Avenue NE, 3rd Avenue NE, 5th Avenue NE, and NE 195th Street (see green and white checkered segments on the map). These improvements will include short segments of the shared-use path that could eventually be connected to create the continuous Trail Along the Rail. In addition, Sound Transit will be building a shared-use path along the perimeter of the Shoreline South/145th and Shoreline North/185th light rail stations that will be ready for use by their opening date in 2024.

At this time, Shoreline City Council has given no direction for property acquisition for the Trail project. In areas where topography or property challenges are present, on-street connections (see purple dashed lines on map) will be used to connect gaps in the Trail until a time when the greater vision of a continuous trail may be achieved.

A few strategic trail segments within in the City right-of-way could be completed over the next five to ten years. In 2020, the City hopes to identify strategic segments of the Trail that, if successful with grant requests, could move forward to design development and environmental review. More details will be shared as they become available.

Preferred Alignment Map - Trail Along the Rail
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 Key to numbers and letters found here.

Feasibility Study Final Report

In 2016, the City of Shoreline began a feasibility study to evaluate a possible 2.5 mile long shared-use path that would run roughly parallel to future light rail in Shoreline. The analysis continued into 2017, and the final Trail Along the Rail Feasibility Report has been completed.  This report includes:

  • The preferred alignment.
  • A near-term continuous pedestrian/bicycle route and the long-term vision.
  • Connections to key destinations such as future light rail stations, the library, parks, schools, and the surrounding transportation network.
  • Regional trail system potential.
  • A phased implementation approach.
  • The study process and next steps.

   Various cross sections that may be used along the trail           
Illustration of trail under the light rail alignment. Illustration of trail next to a raised light rail alignment. Illustration of trail next to the roadway.
In some locations, the
trail could be located
under the Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) guideway.
In other locations, the
trail could be located adjacent to the LLE
transit wall.
Where a roadway closely parallels the LLE (e.g. 5th Avenue as it approaches
the 185th Street station),
the roadway could
be retrofitted to incorporate a trail on its west side.
In some locations, a maintenance access road could double as a shared-use path.
Illustration of on street connection. Illustration of another option for on-street connections.
Where there are physical challenges, such as steep topography or right-of-way pinch points, the trail may be redirected to the local street network. There are a range of options for creating
on-street connections.



Development of light rail through the City of Shoreline presents a unique and rare opportunity. The City is looking at the possibility of building a shared-use path running roughly parallel to the light rail alignment through Shoreline.

Located on the east side of I-5, the shared-use path would run from N 145th Street to NE 195th Street. It would enhance pedestrian and bicycle access to the planned Shoreline South/145th and Shoreline North/185th light rail stations, as well as connect to the NE 195th Street pedestrian bridge over I-5. In addition, the shared-use path could connect to local streets, parks, open spaces, and schools within the neighborhoods adjacent to the light rail alignment.

Similar to the Interurban Trail, the “Trail Along the Rail” could serve as Shoreline’s segment of a potential regional pedestrian/bicycle network that could ultimately connect cities along the Lynnwood Link Extension (LLE) light rail alignment from Seattle all the way to Everett.