In his 2016 State of the County address on Monday, King County Executive Dow Constantine called for an historic investment in high-capacity mass transit to ensure the region’s long-term prosperity amid rapid population growth.
His strategy to improve mobility includes Sound Transit 3, an initiative he proposed for the November ballot in his role as Chair of the Sound Transit Board.
It will expand light-rail service to connect Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Redmond and Issaquah, as well as West Seattle and Ballard. It will also build a new tunnel in Seattle with stations serving downtown, South Lake Union and Queen Anne.
The proposal will deliver more than 108 miles of high-capacity light rail to create a regional transit system that rivals San Francisco’s BART and Washington, D.C.’s Metro.