Next week, SDOT will host a public meeting for those who want to learn more about the study to improve transportation in Ballard and Interbay.
The study is known as BIRT — Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation System — and is meant to improve mobility for people and freight. Last year, the Washington State legislature allocated funds for the project, which encompasses the Ballard light rail extension and Magnolia and Ballard bridge reconstructions.
SDOT will host a Community Kickoff Meeting for BIRT on Tuesday Jan. 14 at the Ballard Library from 6pm to 7:30pm. There will be a presentation from SDOT staff, sharing information on the Sound Transit 3 West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension project, clarifying City and Sound Transit roles, and getting community feedback.
If you can’t attend the meeting on Jan. 14, there will be another opportunity on Jan. 16 at Catharine Blaine K-8 at 6pm.
The BIRT study is a year-long process involving the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, Sound Transit, King County, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Washington State Military. The study began last fall, and it will wrap up with a report by Nov. 1 of this year. You can learn more here.