Ballard-Interbay alternatives

Ballard-Interbay, the north segment of the corridor, includes stations at Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard. Link light rail will continue north of Seattle Center, cross Salmon Bay and terminate in Ballard.


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Use the map to the right to explore the different route options we're considering for the Ballard-Interbay segment of the corridor. Select an alternative at the top of the page to learn more about the key takeaways for each alternative.

In case you missed us, review the presentation from our 9/17 open house and neighborhood forum.

ST3 Representative Project

Elevated guideway in the middle of 15th Avenue W. Includes an elevated station near Elliott Avenue W and W Prospect Street, an elevated station at 15th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a movable bridge crossing Salmon Bay just west of the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated station on the east side of 15th Avenue NW just south of NW Market Street.

What is the representative project and its alternatives?

The representative project is the voter-approved general route and station locations. The other alternatives for this segment are refined options of the route and station locations to be considered along with the representative project.

15th/Fixed Bridge/15th

Elevated guideway west of 15th Avenue W. Includes an elevated station near Elliott Avenue W and W Prospect Street, an elevated station near 16th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a high-level fixed bridge crossing Salmon Bay just west of the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated station just southwest of 15th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW median)
  • Fewer columns in water than movable bridge
  • Maritime business effects (Fishermen’s Terminal)
  • Elevated guideway on west side of 15th Avenue NW affects more parcels
  • More residential displacements
  • $200 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project

20th/Fixed Bridge/17th

Elevated guideway west of Elliott Avenue W. Includes an elevated station on the west side of Elliott Avenue W, then heads west of the BNSF property along 20th Avenue W. Includes an elevated station at 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a high-level fixed bridge crossing Salmon Bay farther west of the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated station straddling the east side of 17th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • Long-span bridge over BNSF tracks adds complexity
  • Long-span fixed bridge avoids columns in water
  • Ballard terminus/crossing location affects more residences
  • Closer to center of Urban Village
  • $500 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project

20th/Tunnel/15th

Elevated guideway west of Elliott Avenue W. Includes an elevated station on the west side of Elliott Avenue W, then heads west of the BNSF property along 20th Avenue W. Includes a retained cut station at 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a tunnel crossing under Salmon Bay, and a tunnel station on the west side of 15th Avenue W just south of NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • Long-span bridge over BNSF tracks adds complexity
  • Longer tunnel, more constrained tunnel portal
  • Tunnel station on west side of 15th Avenue NW affects residences
  • Deeper tunnel station (~120 feet deep) adds complexity
  • $700 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project; requires third-party funding

Central Interbay/Moveable Bridge/14th

At-grade guideway west of Elliott Avenue W. Includes an at-grade station on the west side of Elliott Avenue W just north of the W Galer Street bridge, then continues at-grade just east of the BNSF property. It moves to an elevated guideway and includes an elevated station near 17th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a movable bridge crossing Salmon Bay east of the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated station straddling 14th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • At-grade sections along BNSF tracks lessen complexity
  • Maritime business and potential vessel navigation effects
  • Potential service interruptions due to movable bridge operations
  • Affects fewer parcels (along 14th Avenue NW)
  • Ballard station farther from center of Urban Village
  • $200 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project

Armory Way/Tunnel/14th

At-grade guideway east of Elliott Avenue W with an at-grade station near Elliott Avenue W and W Prospect Street. Becomes elevated to cross 15th Avenue W and travels along W Armory Way, then continues at-grade just east of the BNSF property. Includes retained cut station near 17th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a tunnel crossing under Salmon Bay, and a tunnel station straddling 14th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • At-grade sections along BNSF tracks lessen complexity
  • Shorter tunnel, less constrained portal
  • Affects fewer parcels (along 14th Avenue NW)
  • Ballard station farther from center of Urban Village
  • Shallower tunnel station (~70 feet deep)
  • $300 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project; requires third-party funding

Central Interbay/Tunnel/15th

At-grade guideway west of Elliott Avenue W. Includes an at-grade station on the west side of Elliott Avenue W just north of the W Galer Street bridge, then continues at-grade just east of the BNSF property. Includes a retained cut station near 17th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a tunnel crossing under Salmon Bay, and a tunnel station straddling the east side of 15th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • At-grade sections along BNSF tracks lessen complexity
  • Shorter tunnel, less constrained portal
  • Tunnel station (east side of 15th Avenue NW) affects businesses
  • Shallower tunnel station (~80 feet deep)
  • $500 million more than the cost of the ST3 Representative Project; requires third-party funding

Central Interbay/Fixed Bridge/14th

At-grade guideway west of Elliott Avenue W. Includes an at-grade station on the west side of Elliott Avenue W just north of the W Galer Street bridge, then continues at-grade just east of the BNSF property. It moves to an elevated guideway and includes an elevated station near 17th Avenue W and W Dravus Street, a high-level fixed bridge crossing Salmon Bay east of the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated station straddling 14th Avenue NW and NW Market Street.

How it compares to other alternatives:

  • Lessens traffic and freight effects (avoids 15th Avenue NW)
  • At-grade sections along BNSF tracks lessen complexity
  • Fewer columns in water than movable bridge
  • Maritime business effects
  • Affects fewer parcels (along 14th Avenue NW)
  • Ballard station farther from center of Urban Village
  • $100 million more than the cost of ST3 Representative Project

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