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Record No: Res 32055    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Committee Agenda Ready
Current Controlling Legislative Body Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities
On agenda: 7/5/2022
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION relating to Sound Transit; providing recommendations to the Sound Transit Board as to the selection of the Preferred Alternative for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project to be studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation 6/7/22, 3. Central Staff Memo 6/7/22
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION relating to Sound Transit; providing recommendations to the Sound Transit Board as to the selection of the Preferred Alternative for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project to be studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
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WHEREAS, a Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) was created for the Pierce, King, and Snohomish County region by action of their respective county councils pursuant to RCW 81.112.030; and
WHEREAS, in November 2016, the voters of the three-county Sound Transit district approved Sound Transit 3, a funding measure to expand the regional transit system including the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions (WSBLE) project, and which included a Representative Alignment that described generally the alignment and the number and location of light rail stations to be provided; and
WHEREAS, on May 23, 2019, through Motion M2019-51, the Sound Transit Board identified the Preferred Alternative, Preferred Alternative with Third Party Funding, and other alternatives to be studied in the WSBLE Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS); and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle was a Cooperating Agency in the development of the WSBLE DEIS and continues to work collaboratively with Sound Transit through a Partnering Agreement, affirmed by Resolution 31788, and a Project Administration Agreement, authorized by Ordinance 125563; and
WHEREAS, on January 28, 2022, Sound Transit released the WSBLE DEIS for public review with a 90-day public comment period through April 28, 2022; and
WHEREAS, the WSBLE DEIS provided new information on the impacts of the project and provided the basis for updating cost estimates for the alternatives studied; and
WHEREAS, the City submitted extensive comments on the WSBLE DEIS to Sound Transit, identifying a range of areas where additional analysis is needed to sufficiently demonstrate compliance with City codes and regulations, assess potential...

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