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Kimley-Horn Leads Everett Link Extension, Opens Seattle Office

Kimley-Horn is leading the next phase of Sound Transit’s Link expansion program—the 16.3-mile Everett Link Extension (EVLE) and Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) North project, which will add six stations to the light rail network connecting to the under-construction Lynnwood Link Extension at the Lynnwood City Center and extend Link service north further into Snohomish County.

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The EVLE project was included as part of its ST3 ballot measure passed in 2016. It is the first new corridor on which Sound Transit has authorized work since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Set to open in 2036, EVLE is the longest and northernmost extension in the Sound Transit system and will provide premium transit service between Lynnwood and Everett. This phase of the project consists of alternatives development planning work that will progress into project development, including the draft and final EIS and up to 30% engineering design. The project is a team effort that will connect its surrounding communities.

“We’re excited about the start of the alternatives development process and the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders and partner agencies. The Everett Link project will further extend the light rail spine and will provide a reliable and speedy connection for Snohomish County communities to the rest of the system.”

As prime consultant for EVLE, Kimley-Horn is providing overall project management and key oversight of the planning and environmental processes. Key project partners include Parsons, Mott MacDonald, EnviroIssues, and Shannon & Wilson. The firm is also supported by a phenomenal and diverse team of specialty subconsultant partners, including 16 firms that are either a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) or a small business enterprise (SBE).

Kimley-Horn is proud to be a part of Sound Transit’s ST3 Program, working with Snohomish County, the Cities of Everett and Lynnwood, Washington State DOT, and the local communities to implement their vision of EVLE and fulfill the promise of ST3.

Kimley-Horn in Seattle

In the summer of 2020, Kimley-Horn opened our Seattle, Washington office, providing both public and private consulting services. Our Seattle team provides what Kimley-Horn is best known for: local expertise with the resources of a national firm. With current Seattle projects ranging from $1,000 to $15M, Kimley-Horn is equipped to deliver exceptional client service and respond to project needs no matter the size.

Private Development in Seattle

The Kimley-Horn Seattle office has a local team with an extensive national resume. Recent development projects in the area include bringing dozens of EV charging stations to the Seattle metro area, multifamily urban infill projects in Seattle, various retail projects, and industrial developments in several jurisdictions.

Development Services team members include:

This team is also supported by many more local team members ready to serve the Pacific Northwest market!

Public Infrastructure in Seattle

Kimley-Horn’s local Seattle transit team is led by Paul Danielson, P.E., who helped grow Kimley-Horn’s Twin Cities, MN office to more than 200 employees and has served as project manager for major rail and transit projects across the country. The roadway and aviation team is led by David Williams, P.E., who has over 25 years of local Seattle experience.

“I am excited to bring our national transit resume to the Pacific Northwest and I look forward to collaborating with our local partners and particularly the staff at Sound Transit. They have an ambitious program that we’re proud to be part of.”


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