Sound Transit recently launched a public involvement campaign to ask residents of the greater Puget Sound region what mass transit projects should be studied as part of a Sound Transit 3 ballot measure.
This ballot measure, should Sound Transit be granted additional local revenue authority from the state Legislature, will possibly be before voters on the November 2016 ballot.
But first, Sound Transit is seeking public input on a draft list of projects to be put on the ST3 ballot measure. After public input, a final list of projects will be selected by the Sound Transit Board to be studied this fall. Results from those studies will shape a firmer ST3 draft ballot measure and will receive public input in early 2016.
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According to Kimberly Reason, spokeswoman for Sound Transit, the draft list includes extending Sounder platforms and services for both Sounder stations in Puyallup and Sumner.
“The draft list includes for purchases of additional Sounder trains, expansion of express bus services, system access improvements, and other projects that will make a difference throughout the region,” Reason explained.
An interactive Sound Transit 3 website was recently launched at soundtransit3.org, which encourages transit users to explore the draft projects list, as well as fill out a survey, which is available through July 8.
Six public meetings begin June 16 throughout the region. This includes one at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma on Wednesday, June 24.
An additional meeting in the South Sound is June 25 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.