Light Rail Station Subarea Planning

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As of August 2014
Phase: Subarea Planning

Light rail service is coming to Shoreline with service anticipated to begin in 2023. Sound Transit's preliminary design calls for two Shoreline light rails stations on the east side of I-5 at 145th Street and 185th Street.

Changes in the neighborhoods near the light rail stations will take place over decades; however, the City is facilitating subarea planning processes for each station over the next year to determine the look and feel of the areas. 

185th Street Station

Visit the 185th Street Station page 

The City's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the 185th Street Station Subarea has been released. The Planning Commission has developed a recommendation to Council for a preferred alternative. Public comment has been recorded and is also available to review.

Visit the Draft EIS page to review the Planning Commission's recommendation and public comment.

Review the materials created through the Design Workshop process.

145th Street Station

Visit the 145th Street Station page 

A station at 145th Street was chosen as the preferred alternative of the Sound Transit Board in November of 2013. After holding a community design workshop, the City is now in the process of exploring options and alternatives for the future.

To provide comments at this stage of the process, fill out an online comment form

Coming Up

City Council meeting - 185th Street Station Subarea DEIS
Monday, Aug. 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
More information: Review Planning Commission recommendation and public comment on the Draft EIS page
Planning Commission Meeting - 185th Street Station Development Code Regulations
Thursday, September 4th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
More information: Coming Soon!

185th Street Station Subarea "Walk-Shop" Walking Tours
September 12
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Meet in front of Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th Street
More information: 185th Walking Tour page


185th Station Citizen's Committee Meetings
First Monday of each month*
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

*Due to the Labor Day Holiday the meeting scheduled on Monday, September 1 has been moved to Monday, September 8.

City Hall Room 301
More information: Facebook page or


145th Street Station Subarea "Walk-Shop" Walking Tours
August 22 and September 26
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Park & Ride, 14711 5th Avenue NE
More information: 145th Walking Tour page


145th Station Citizen's Committee Meetings
4th Thursday of each month*
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
City Hall Room 301

*Due to the Labor day holiday weekend, the meeting on August 28 has been cancelled.

More information:


About Light Rail Station Subarea Planning 

The proposed Light Rail Station Areas provide an opportunity for redevelopment that is transit supportive and provides residents with a greater variety of services and amenities than currently exist. These goals are supported by the citizen visioning work that culminated in Vision 2029, and are included in the Transportation Master Plan and the Comprehensive Plan

While light rail service is not scheduled to begin until 2023, the City's planning process for the area formally began in 2013. This process will determine much about the look and feel of the areas surrounding proposed stations.  This will include adoption of subarea plans that focus on land use and mobility within roughly a half-mile radius from future stations. To see specific boundaries and learn about how they were determined, click here.  Adoption of subarea plans will include changes to zoning and development regulations in certain areas. However, pace and intensity of change will be determined by market forces and homeowner decision-making over decades.

Before amending zoning or regulations, the City must study many factors, and there will be ample opportunity for community and stakeholder input. 

Learn more

All materials and summaries of public meetings 

Frequently Asked Questions

Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link Extension project page 

Long-term timeline 

Light Rail Station Study Area Boundaries

Partner Organizations and their roles