Federal Way city leaders have said they strongly oppose Sound Transit’s projected delay in bringing light rail to Federal Way, setting up a showdown with the transit agency’s board Thursday.
The Federal Way City Council voiced its opposition Tuesday night by unanimously passing a resolution that included the possibility of legal action against Sound Transit.
The council urged Sound Transit to rethink its options to a delay, such as a less-expensive light rail route along Interstate 5 instead of State Route 99.
The seven council members also urged the transit agency to factor in ridership, population and socioeconomic profile to balance cuts among the five subareas of the regional system.
The resolution also left open the option of the city suing Sound Transit.
“The city is reviewing legal options to enforce” the 2008 ballot measure, the resolution said. That’s when voters approved a $17.9 billion mass transit measure that included bringing light rail to South 272nd Street.
City Attorney Pat Richardson said today she doesn’t know yet what the city’s legal alternatives are, but added filing a lawsuit is always a legal option.
The delay to Federal Way would put off and potentially jeopardize construction of light rail to Tacoma.
Tacoma City Council member Jake Fey said last week that Sound Transit should reconsider the goal of connecting light rail from Sea-Tac Airport to Tacoma. Fey is also a Sound Transit board member.