Today, four neighborhood leaders and seven advocacy group leaders sent a letter to the Sound Transit Board of Directors to express concern about a $40 million parking garage at Northgate.
Sound Transit has set a target of increasing transit ridership from the Northgate Transit Center from 5,000 to 15,000 daily boardings by 2030, with 92% of the boardings arriving at Northgate by walking, bicycling, or busing there. Currently 70% of daily boardings arrive via alternative transportation, with the rest arriving by car.
That means a net reduction of driving will need to occur at Northgate in order to hit Sound Transit’s targets. Unfortunately, Sound Transit is investing $40 million into a project that will benefit the 8% of people who will drive to Northgate. Meanwhile, Sound Transit is investing less than $2 million in infrastructure to help people live at and walk, bike and ride to the transit center.