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Sound Transit Starts Building Permanent Tukwila Station

Sound Transit broke ground June 24 on a permanent Sounder commuter rail station at Tukwila, WA. The new facility will replace a temporary structure at the site that Sounder passengers have used since 2000; the temporary station will remain open during construction.

When complete in 2014, the $46 million station will offer 390 parking spaces—almost double the number now available—as well as improved transit connections, storage for 76 bicycles, four electrical charging stations, passenger shelters, and public art.

Tukwila is the second most popular Sounder south line station on a commuter rail route that serves 10,000 riders a day. Voters approved the station as part of the 1996 Sound Move ballot measure, but Sound Transit delayed construction of a permanent facility to make sure it would work well with transportation and development plans in Tukwila and Renton.

Elements of the new facility will include two 600-foot-long platforms, two new passenger shelters, improvements to the underpass connecting the two platforms, and a bus transit area supporting better access to King County Metro Transit services. A plaza, upgraded walkways, and better lighting will improve pedestrian access to the station. Stormwater detention facilities and rain gardens will help manage stormwater runoff, which has been an issue at the temporary facility. A signature entryway art piece by artist Sheila Klein will welcome riders to the station.

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