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We're studying near-term walking/biking improvements to help people get to the transit center and light rail station at Rainier and MLK. Based on past outreach, we have this list of potential projects and by the end of this year, we'll select which to move forward with based on costs/benefits and your input.

Map of the Mt Baker Station area with a list of the near-term improvements being considered: 1. Shorten existing crossing distances and add sidewalk space at intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Way S and Rainier Ave S. 2. Increase sidewalk width and repair sidewalk on the east side of Rainier Ave S. 3. Increase crosswalk width and add Leading Pedestrian Intervals crossing Rainier Ave S at S Forest St, Martin Luther King Jr Way S, and S Mt Baker Blvd. 4. Change north lane of Mt Baker Blvd to walk and bike only 5. No right on red heading north from Martin Luther King JR Way S to Rainier Ave S. 6. Artistic enhancements to the pedestrian bridge 7. New crosswalks across Rainier Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S at S Mt Baker Blvd 8. Improve pedestrian crossing and add Leading Pedestrian Intervals on S McClellan St at Rainier Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Within the next couple months, we’ll know more on the design and cost for each improvement and we’ll share a survey and meet with adjacent neighbors/community groups to learn your top choices. In the meantime, feel free to share feedback with us in a few ways:
  • Email or call:; 206-775-8720
  • Contact us to set up a meeting with your group
What we’re hearing so far
In September, we attended a great event hosted by the Mt Baker Hub Alliance. About 45 Franklin High School students ranked their top 3 choices for improvements:
  • #5 No right on red heading north from MLK to Rainier
  • #6 Artistic enhancements to the pedestrian bridge
  • #7 New crosswalks across the south leg of the MLK and Rainier intersection
Event with students from Franklin High School (photo credit: Mt Baker Hub)

Steps towards the town center vision

The Mt Baker Station Area has been the focus of several planning processes in the past 10 years in which the community has articulated a vision for a thriving, diverse, sustainable, and affordable town center.

Part of that vision is improved transportation safety and connections, which is our piece of the puzzle.

SDOT is currently working on 2 additional efforts that serve as steps toward the greater vision:

1. We’re partnering with King County Metro and Sound Transit to study the feasibility of potentially relocating the Metro Transit Center closer to the Mt Baker Light Rail station. We know from previous outreach this is a desired change, so now we're working on the technical details and opportunities internally. The early design for this relocation is funded and the final design and construction are currently unfunded.

2. We’re collaborating on a multiagency team focused on Mt Baker Station Area Planning to identify feasible and tangible actions that coordinate investments in a way that best meets the community’s vision. This process is being led by the Office of Planning and Community Development. 
Other projects in the area
We’re coordinating with the various projects in the area including:
The Rainier/MLK intersection is in the middle of major destinations including the Mt Baker Link Light Rail Station, King County Metro Transit Center, Franklin High School, housing, and retail. As part of the Accessible Mt Baker project, we’re working on near-term improvements to improve walking and bike access in the area and to better connect the transit center to the light rail station.
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