Light Rail Communities

News (updated August 21, 2020)

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The Light Rail Communities Project team is continuing its multi-year public engagement process by taking outreach online in light of COVID-19 restrictions in the form of a virtual workshop. The planned extension of light rail into Snohomish County will bring change and growth, but also presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage a major transit investment to benefit our communities. Work on the urban core subarea plan is underway and covers a range of topics, including housing. The residential housing type workshop seeks input from communities near this area about where they see future housing types being located. Visit the workshop through September 25th to learn more and submit your ideas.  

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Welcome to Snohomish County’s Light Rail Communities project webpage. Snohomish County is planning for the arrival of light rail to unincorporated Snohomish County expected to begin service in the mid-2030s.

Project Overview

To prepare for the arrival of light rail, Snohomish County is proactively planning to leverage major transit investments to benefit the surrounding communities. We want to engage with the people who live, work, do business or own property in these areas to consider what light rail could mean to their community and to plan for the future. This planning project is comprised of two components:

  1. Station Area Planning(2018-2019)
    1. Completed Work: Station Area Planning Final Report
    2. Completed Work: Council Resolution
  2. Subarea Planning (2020-2024)

It is important to note that Snohomish County’s planning efforts do not include the design of the light rail stations, construction, mitigation, operation or maintenance of light rail; those are the responsibility of Sound Transit. Final decisions on the actual station location and alignment will be made by Sound Transit in 2025. However, we want to make an effort to ensure the voices of our communities are heard. Light rail service to between Lynnwood and Everett is scheduled to begin in 2036.

Project Documents and Other Resources

Use these links to access project documents, project schedule, maps, public outreach materials, and other resources.

Public Meetings and Notices

August 21 - September 25 - Light Rail Communities Residential Housing Type Workshop

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Frequently Asked Questions

Use this link to access frequently asked questions.

Project Contact Information

David Killingstad, Project Manager

Jay Larsen, Project Manager

Snohomish County Planning and Development Services

3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 604

Second Floor, Robert Drewel Building

Everett, WA 98201

Phone: 425-388-3311

Fax: 425-388-3670

Staff Directory

Snohomish County Public Works

3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 607

Robert Drewel Building

Everett, WA 98201

Customer Service Center

Phone: 425-388-6453

Email Customer Service Center