Sound Transit extends comment period for Ballard light rail

The comment period for the Ballard light rail route and station options has been extended.

Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration have extended the public and agency comment period until April 2 — all comments received until then will help inform which alternatives should be studied in the Environmental Impact Statement, the next stage of the project development.

There are three alternatives being considered: the ST3 Representative Project, the West Seattle Elevated/C-ID 5th Ave/Downtown 6th Ave/Ballard Elevated, and the West Seattle Tunnel/C-ID 4th Ave/Downtown 5th Ave/Ballard Tunnel. Sound Transit has developed an online open house, which is here if you want a full background on the project and to weigh in.

Here are mock-ups of the different Ship Canal crossings (an elevated bridge vs movable bridge):

The Ballard station would be either on 15th or 14th Ave NW — here are the visualizations:

The online open house is available 24/7, and comments can be provided online, via email (, by regular mail (Sound Transit, Lauren Swift, Central Corridor Environmental Manager, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104), or voicemail (833-972-2666).

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