The people behind transit advocacy group Seattle Subway have a new idea to transform transportation between Seattle and the Eastside and they’re looking for your help in making it part of Sound Transit’s longterm agenda:
In recent weeks, Sound Transit has released studies of additional crossings of Lake Washington serving destinations between Ballad and the University District on the Westside and Eastside destinations such as Kirkland, Redmond and Microsoft. Sound Transit has overlooked a much more efficient and effective route to better serve these cities and our regional transportation system: a Sand Point Crossing of Lake Washington.This new Sand Point crossing will provide fast connections between residential, entertainment, and employment centers in the northern half of Seattle and the east side. It will provide a one seat ride from Ballard to Microsoft in 30 minutes or less during rush hour, and less than ten minutes between the U District and Kirkland. This option is superior to 520 crossings that Sound Transit has studied so far as it adds destinations (Downtown Kirkland, Magnuson Park, Childrens Hospital, Rose Hill) while providing a more direct crossing of Lake Washington for faster commute times and higher ridership.
More information about the why the Sand Point crossing is the best plan for the region’s future is available here.
The proposal would certainly be transformative for Central Seattle. Capitol Hill has long been a Seattle homebase for many Microsoft and Eastside tech employees simply because transit across the lake from nearly any other neighborhood in the city is such a drag. Meanwhile, East Link slated to carry passengers across Lake Washington via I-90 starting in 2023.