Light Rail Communities

Fostering a livable and connected future.

Light Rail is Coming

About the Project

The voter-approved Sound Transit 3 (ST3) will bring light rail to unincorporated Snohomish County in the mid-2030s. Sound Transit will extend light rail north of Lynnwood to Everett via Paine Field. Two stations will be located in unincorporated Snohomish County at 164th Street and 128th Street respectively near the intersection with I-5.

To prepare for the arrival of light rail, Snohomish County is proactively planning with the surrounding communities and stakeholders to best integrate land use and transit for an area of unincorporated Snohomish County expected to be served by light rail. The catalyst of this planning effort is to leverage a future of light rail and transit in a way that provides added benefits to the community, and makes light rail safely, conveniently and efficiently accessible by walking, biking, transit and vehicles. This planning project is comprised of two components: 1) station area planning and 2) a subarea plan. Public engagement and input will be sought out early and often over the duration of the project. The county will be coordinating closely with a number of partners including cities, transit agencies and utilities. The county’s planning project is in advance of Sound Transit with the intention of it being incorporated into their process.

Map of Mariner Station and Ash Way Station Rail plan

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Station area planning does not include the design of the station itself, construction, mitigation, operation or maintenance of light rail; those are the responsibility of Sound Transit. Final decisions on the actual station location and alignment will be made by Sound Transit. 

Year Timeline from 2018 until 2035