Tukwila Sounder Station on track to open this fall

Partners in the $46 million 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.

Passengers wait for the train under canopies this week at the Tukwila Sounder Station

Construction of the new Tukwila Sounder Station is on schedule, with completion set for this fall.

The $46 million station provides the closest access to the Sounder trains for Tukwila residents and access to Metro Transit bus transfers, according to Kimberly M. Reason, as Sound Transit spokeswoman.

Partners in the 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.

So far, Sound Transit’s contractor, Absher Construction, has completed the following:

• Built a new surface lot on the west side of the tracks that provides 390 parking spaces, adding 182 parking spaces to what was there previously. This included removing the previous parking area on the east side of the tracks.

• Completed construction of eight passenger platforms (four on each platform) with covered waiting areas on the west side of the track.

• Completed construction of a new bus transfer area and loop for King County Metro’s RapidRide F Line, which launched June 7. The bus transfer area also serves King County Metro route 154.

But there’s work still to be done:

• Complete platform on the east side of the tracks

• Complete platform finishes, including four shelters, permanent lighting, permanent ramps and stairs on the west side of the tracks.

• Install one new bicycle cage that can store up to 40 bicycles, two bicycle racks that can store up to 20 bicycles, and eight bicycle lockers that can store up to 16 bicycles.

• Install two ticket vending machines/ORCA card readers

• Complete pedestrian plaza

• Install public art

• Complete landscaping

The recent opening of the extension of Strander Boulevard/Southwest 27th Street provides direct access off Oakesdale Avenue Southwest to the station.

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 are in Kent and at the King Street Station in downtown Seattle.

The new station replaces a temporary one that utilized wooden platforms on both sides of the track.

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