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City Holds Community Meeting to Discuss Proposed Operations & Maintenance Facility

Residents voiced their opinions about the proposed light rail operations and maintenance satellite facility
Residents voiced their opinions about the proposed light rail operations and maintenance satellite facility. (Photo by David Pan) 

Sound Transit is currently evaluating sites to locate an Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF) for the light rail trains. On Saturday May 17th, the City of Lynnwood held a community meeting at the Cedar Valley Grange Hall to discuss Sound Transit’s proposal, alternatives, and how the public can provide comments during the open public comment period from May 9 through June 23, 2014. The meeting included presentations by Lynnwood Community Development Director Paul Krauss, Sound Transit personnel and the Edmonds School District Executive Director of Business and Operations Stewart Mhyre.

Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on May 9th for the proposed Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF). The DEIS evaluates and describes potential impacts of the project. One of the four options is located in Lynnwood north of I-5 and east of the 52nd Avenue West/Cedar Valley Road intersection at 204th Street Southwest across from a residential neighborhood. Three alternatives for the OMSF are located in Bellevue. Sound Transit is studying three other alternative locations in Bellevue – BNSF Alternative, BNSF Modified Alternative and SR 520 Alternative.

When the OMSF site alternatives were first released in 2012, the Lynnwood City Council adopted Resolution 2012-07 opposing the Lynnwood alternative due to its poor location with many probable impacts. The DEIS released on May 9th, further clarifies that the Lynnwood Alternative is a poor choice due to: the high capital cost; $3 million higher ongoing annual operating costs due to additional required storage tracks in Bellevue to meet start of service times; other operational disadvantages; and impacts to the residents; businesses, wetlands and Edmonds School District.

The Edmonds School District’s position was that alternative sites for the District’s voter approved plans are not available; Sound Transit does not have the power of eminent domain over the Lynnwood property because the land is owned by another public agency; and that the District plans to proceed with their development plans on the site they own and have invested in to date. The meeting concluded with a Question and Answer session and a call for action for public comment during the comment period that closed on June 23rd.

On June 3rd, Sound Transit will hold a Public Hearing/Open House to accept public testimony at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Public comments will be accepted through June 23rd.

Comments can also be emailed to Sound Transit at omsf@soundtransit.org or sent by mail to:

Attention: OMSF DEIS Comments
Sound Transit (Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority)
Union Station
401 South Jackson Street
Seattle, Washington 98104-2826

Read more online about the proposed OMSF at www.soundtransit.org/omsf.

For more information contact Paul Krauss, Community Development Director at 425-670-5401 or pkrauss@lynnwoodwa.gov.