Puyallup Station Improvements

Sound Transit will improve access to Puyallup Station for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Improvements are expected to be completed by 2023.

1,100 people ride the Sounder Train or Express Bus from Puyallup Station every day. Ten roundtrip Sounder trains stop at Puyallup Station. Parking is usually full early in the morning and commuters heading to and from Puyallup Station experience congestion. Sound Transit plans to provide 13 roundtrips by 2017, and predicts approximately 70% increase in ridership by 2035. As ridership and service increases, easy and reliable access to the station will continue to be important. 

 

Project purpose:
Improve access for Sounder riders to Puyallup Station

  • Focusing on pedestrian and parking garage improvements within 1/4-mile
  • Focusing on parking lot, vehicle access and bicycle improvements within 1/2-mile

Project goals: 
Sound Transit has worked with city staff, community leaders and stakeholders to develop a set of project goals for the project. These goals provide a framework for developing access improvements.

  • Provide improved access to Sounder riders
  • Benefit the local community
  • Support Sound Transit's regional commitments
  • Maintain a healthy environment

Milestone: On August 28, the Sound Transit Board identified a 420-stall parking garage at the current site of the Eagles property, a pedestrian bridge over Fifth Street NW from the garage to the Sounder Station and a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks at the station, a surface parking lot along the north side of Third Avenue Northwest, and additional leased parking at the Red Lot at Seventh Avenue Southwest and Fifth Street Southwest.

Project budget: $55 million (2014 dollars)

Timeline: All access improvements will be completed by 2023

Map of project area

2008: Voters approved the Sound Transit 2 providing funding for access improvements at the Puyallup Station.

2012: Sound Transit completed the Sounder Access Study - which provided a preliminary list of potential pedestrian and bike improvements within a half-mile of the station.

Spring 2013: A Leadership Working Group - composed of ST Board members and Puyallup Council members - helped establish the goals and evaluation criteria for the project.

Early 2014: Sound Transit is now in the in process of developing access improvement options for the Puyallup Station. Open houses on February 6 and late spring of 2014 will gather input from the public on access improvements. 

August 2014: On August 28, the Sound Transit Board identified a 420-stall parking garage at the current site of the Eagles property, a pedestrian bridge over Fifth Street NW from the garage to the Sounder Station and a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks at the station, a surface parking lot along the north side of Third Avenue Northwest, and additional leased parking at the Red Lot at Seventh Avenue Southwest and Fifth Street Southwest.

Potential bus improvements
Current bus service to the station is provided by Pierce Transit routes 400, 402, 409 and 495. Sound Transit will evaluate improvements such as transit signal priority that could improve bus access to the station.

Pedestrian and bicycle improvements
Sound Transit is studying improvements that would make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the station. Improvements could include new or improved crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian pathways.

Potential congestion improvements
Sound Transit is exploring options with the City of Puyallup to reduce transit rider related congestion near the station, including:

  • Tools to manage traffic flow, including coordination of new and/or existing traffic signals
  • Focused capacity improvements to existing roadways and/or intersections.


Potential parking improvements
As ridership grows, parking demand increases. Sound Transit estimates 400 to 600 additional parking spaces will be needed to keep up with demand at the Puyallup Station. Sound Transit is evaluating garage parking options to accommodate demand.

At the request of the city of Puyallup, Sound Transit is evaluating potential new shuttle service for Sounder riders to a satellite parking lot. A shuttle service provider would need to be identified.