I attended the Everett Link Light Rail Project tele-meeting on March 1 where the Sound Transit staff explained the various options for routing light rail to and through Everett.
I understand there are a lot of wants and desires and constrictions for this project from the various agencies and cities/counties involved in and impacted by this project which has brought about this proposed plan.
However, the various options presented at the meeting leave a lot to desire. One option for getting from south Everett to the Everett Transit Center downtown has the rail line running from Highway 526 to 52nd Street down Broadway through people’s existing front and back yards. Station location options at Casino and Evergreen would displace quite a few minority-owned businesses. And why in the world does the rail line have to go up Airport Road to Casino road and then toward I-5 when it could just branch off I-5 and run down Highway 526 and then double back to I-5 instead of affecting all those businesses and houses/apartments along 128th Street and Airport road is almost too much to contemplate.
I most likely won’t be around when this mess finally gets completed so I don’t really have any skin in the game other than paying for it for the last ten plus years. I just don’t want to see future inhabitants get saddled with the project as currently envisioned.
Comments from the public will be accepted via the Sound Transit website through March 10; I urge everyone to at least take a look at the current vision.
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