Construction of the new Tukwila Sounder Station is on schedule, with completion set for this fall.
On Monday, Aug. 18, both platforms at Tukwila Station are scheduled to be back in service. Passengers can use all sidewalks in the plaza area to access the improved pedestrian undercrossing and the east platform.
The $46 million station provides the closest access to the Sounder trains for Tukwila and Renton residents and access to Metro Transit bus transfers, according to Kimberly M. Reason, as Sound Transit spokeswoman.
Earlier this month, the station’s artwork was installed, Sheila Klein’s “Imaginary Landscape.”
The artwork is part of Sound Transit’s public art program, called STart, which has already created more than 80 permanent works of art across the region.
Morning passengers traveling northbound to Seattle will usually board on the east platform, and passengers traveling southbound to Tacoma/Lakewood will board on the west platform.
Afternoon passengers traveling south to Tacoma/Lakewood will usually board on the east platform, and passengers traveling north to Seattle in the afternoon will board on the west platform.
The new east platform will be noticeably wider as there is an interim platform until a third track is built by the BNSF Railway in 2016, according to Sound Transit.
There will be two sets of tactile (yellow) warning strips on the pavement, so boarding will take place from the tactile strips closest to the track. Also, light poles are in the center of the interim platform, so Sound Transit cautions that riders should watch where they’re walking as they enter the platform.
Partners in the Sounder station project include Sound Transit, the cities of Renton and Tukwila, BNSF Railway, Amtrak, Boeing and the state Department of Transportation. Work began in July 2013.
Transit planners in 2013 estimated that Tukwila Sounder Station would draw about 620 users a day. This year’s Service Implementation Plan increases that number to between about 878 and 1,016 users, in part because of the launch of Metro’s Rapid Ride F-Line.
The Sounder stations next closest to Tukwila and Renton are in Kent and at the King Street Station in downtown Seattle.