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Jul. 1, 2013

Sound Transit Breaks Ground on Permanent Facility in Tukwila

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Development has begun on a new Tukwila station, with the Sound Transit transportation system breaking ground on a $46 million structure to replace the temporary facility at 7301 Longacres Way, built back in 2000. The 1,300-boardings-a-day line is used by commuters going to and from Seattle.

The Puget Sound Business Journal writes that although plans for the station have been approved by voters for 17 years, proceedings were delayed at the request of the cities of Tukwila and Renton as they sought to align their own transportation plans with the station project. Then, two years ago, as the project seemed right on track to begin development, it was again delayed by efforts at a new design. With plans adapted for a more modern take, Sound Transit is now under construction at the Tukwila site. The plan calls for 390 parking spaces–182 more than currently available–and a bus transfer facility serving three routes, as well as the forthcoming RapiRoute F line when that takes over for Route 140.

KPFF Consulting Engineers is the company responsible for the new station’s design, while general contracting duties will be handled by Absher Construction. The station will feature an “imaginary landscape,” a concept that will feature blue “sky” panels and rows of twig dogwood shrubs to complete the décor. Integrated lighting, mirrored panels in the marquee and a number of other features will enhance the new facility.

Rendering courtesy of soundtransit.org.

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