Councilmember Juarez Hails Improved ST3 Proposal
Amended Package to Include Full Funding for NE 130th St. Station
SEATTLE – Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement after the completion of today’s Sound Transit Board meeting, during which time City of Seattle representatives presented an amendment to the Sound Transit 3 package which will fully fund the NE 130th Street station on the Lynnwood LINK rail line.
“A stop at NE 130th Street will be a regional asset, bringing more riders into the tri-county light rail system. Today’s amendment is due in large part to successful advocacy by North Seattleites, who are committed to the prospect of light rail service for generations to come” said Juarez.
“Our call for access to light rail was heard loud and clear. A stop at NE 130th -if approved- will mean neighborhoods including Cedar Park, Lake City, Pinehurst, Haller Lake, and Bitter Lake will have access to a light rail station, translating into increased ridership across the entire system. In a city and region beset with daunting congestion, a Sound Transit 3 measure with a NE 130th Street Station represents a giant step forward.
“This amendment also made possible thanks to leadership from Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Rob Johnson, Councilmember Mike O’Brien and the unanimous support of the Seattle City Council.”
The amendment will be considered as part of a revised ST3 proposal scheduled for a vote by the 18 member regional Sound Transit Board on June 2, 2016. The actions at this meeting will be related to the final adoption of the system plan, which is scheduled for the June 23, 2016 Board Meeting.