Current Advocacy Work

West Seattle Ballard Link Extension (WSBLE)
July 28, 2022 Sound Transit Board Motion

On July 28th, the Sound Transit Board passed a resolution that split the West Seattle line (with a preferred alternative route) and the Ballard line (no preferred alternative yet).

Here's the press release.

The section pertinent to the CID segment is below:

"In the Chinatown/International District segment, further study and engagement between community and agency partners focused on the shallow CID station and alignment options will seek to collectively address remaining questions, minimize potential impacts and maximize community benefits through design, mitigation approaches and/or as part of broader partnerships. This work will include exploring how to create an integrated, well-connected hub for all modes of transportation, opportunities to enhance ridership and access, activation and/or modified uses of Union Station and the adjacent plaza, as well as funding and cost savings opportunities. The study should include concepts requested by community and agency partners, including but not limited to work to define a 4th Avenue shallow tunnel option with the goal of maximizing benefits while minimizing costs and impacts."

HSD's Transit Tuesdays Newsletters

March 1, 2022: Why is the DEIS so big?

March 8, 2022: What is an "impact"?

March 15, 2022: What is a "preferred alternative"?

March 22, 2022: Trains, Traffic, and Transit, Oh My!

March 29, 2022: Tools and Tradeoffs, Oh My!

April 5, 2022: Property Impacts

April 12, 2022: How To Comment

April 19, 2022: HSD's Community Priority Lens

April 26, 2022: Last Week to Comment

June 9, 2022: What's Next: Sound Transit Board Meetings

June 14, 2022: WSBLE DEIS Comments Published

July 12, 2022: July WSBLE Updates

July 26, 2022: WSBLE, Sound Transit Board, and Your Comments

Station Planning

Station Planning report -- we find that many people find it easier to orient themselves with this shorter report.

The Draft EIS

We think these sections are particularly important for our neighbors to read:

[link goes to the beginning, where this concept is defined. Please also look at pages 49 (map), 50 (CID segment), 53 (demographics), 58-59 (property acquisition), 61-64 (construction impacts), 71-72 (operations impacts)]

  • Cumulative Impacts (24 pages)

  • If you learn better through hearing or seeing the project, you can watch Community Advisory Group meetings on Sound Transit's YouTube. Info for Historic South Downtown is in the SODO/CID CAG.

Stay tuned for future community involvement opportunities.
Helpful Links

Sound Transit's official "online open house" has loads of information: