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WSBLE DEIS: Aren't we done yet?

Remember when I said we'd be wrapping up our Transit Tuesdays newsletters? Ha. I was dreaming. Let's just quickly review the timeline here: 

  • 2017-2023: Planning <-- You Are Here
  • 2023-2026: Design of the Chosen Project
  • 2026-2037/2039: Construction

We're still talking and sharing because we're still planning. This is good news! This means that decisions are still being made, which means your thoughts and opinions still have a chance to influence the project that will be built. To clarify that -- the project will be built. Voting on the project happened in 2016. We are now deciding what to build.

You can read more about the project on HSD's Advocacy page, or you can read Sound Transit's project page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, Item 192394, 1964.

Two modern trains stand side-by-side. Picture taken with a wide-angle lens. In between the two trains, a red logo with gingko leaves and the words Historic South Downtown

The Comments Are Out.

Sound Transit's Board will meet on June 23rd and July 28th, and currently they believe they will be making project decisions at the July meeting. The Board has a System Expansion committee that began discussing the comments at their June 3rd meeting last week and will continue them at their July 14th meeting. 
All Sound Transit Board meetings are public, and all have a section for public comment on agenda items.

The Board and committee will be discussing your comments. 
WSBLE Advocacy
Black and white photo of a cadre of motorcyclists taken in 1914 with the Pioneer Square pergola in the background.

All the comments are public now.

Check out the comments here. Comments are divided into comments about the whole project, comments about West Seattle and comments about Ballard. They are further divided into business comments and comments from arts and community organizations. Within those sections, the comments are scanned into a continuous PDF file. 

The CID segment stretches from Holgate to James. It includes parts of SODO, Pioneer Square, and downtown, as well as the CID. It is in the Ballard Link Extension part of the project.

The best way we've found to search these files is to use the CTRL+F key combo to search for "CID" or by the name of the organization you're interested in seeing.

These are large files. If you or someone you know has difficulty accessing the files, please let us know. We will help you work with Sound Transit to find workable solutions for full access to the comments.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item 111181, 1914.
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NO final decisions about where the tunnel and station will be located have been made yet. 
We'll send updates when additional information comes out.
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