Sound Transit

East Link Environmental Impact Statement

Transit projects like East Link can change patterns of regional and local mobility and access, which in turn can affect aspects of the regional or local economies such as development patterns, employment opportunities, business accessibility, and/or retail sales. BERK conducted an economic impact analysis of proposed light-rail alignments for Sound Transit’s East Link Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The analysis focused on job displacement and local property tax impacts that would result from the construction and operation of East Link at three levels: regional, city and site-specific. BERK also provided a high-level assessment of potential indirect and induced impacts related to the construction of the preferred route alignments and made recommendation.