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Posted on: March 23, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Statement from Sound Transit Board Members


 For Immediate Release

March 24, 2016

 

Contact:    
Kent Patton
425-388-3883
425-330-1858
Kent.Patton@SnoCo.org

Statement

from Sound Transit Board Members

 

Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive

Dave Earling, Mayor of Edmonds

Paul Roberts, Everett City Council

 

Supported by Ray Stephanson, Mayor of Everett

 

“Connecting job and population centers by completing the Link Light Rail “spine” has always been a consensus priority of Sound Transit. Having reviewed the Sound Transit 3 proposal, we appreciate that these commitments have been recognized by including both the job center near Paine Field and Everett in the plan. We are encouraged that the overall goal of completing the “spine” is met in the draft proposal. We are concerned that the draft proposal currently states that it will take 25 years for Link Light Rail to Everett to be completed. In 20 years, an additional 200,000 people will have moved to Snohomish County, adding even more gridlock to I-5 and I-405. This gridlock slows commerce for the entire region and will affect job centers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. We will work with our regional partners to move the completion of the “spine” forward to an acceptable timeframe.”


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