Tukwila Sounder Station

Sound Transit is building a permanent Tukwila Sounder Station to replace the existing temporary station. The station is located south of Longacres Way and west of the BNSF railroad tracks in Tukwila. Construction started in July 2013 and is anticipated to be complete in late 2014.


Milestones: Groundbreaking held on June 24, 2013 for the permanent station

Project phase: Construction

Project Budget: $46 million

Sound Transit is planning the permanent Tukwila Sounder Station in cooperation with:

  • City of Tukwila
  • City of Renton
  • King County Metro Transit
  • BNSF Railway
  • Amtrak
  • Boeing Company
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Consultants and contractors: KPFF completed final design, Absher Construction is the prime contractor for construction, Lin & Associates is handling construction management services and Sheila Klein is the artist for the public art project


The permanent station will include:

  • 390 stall parking lot
  • Concrete train platforms
  • Bicycle storage cage, racks and lockers
  • Bus transfer areas
  • Ticket vending machines and ORCA card readers
  • Covered waiting areas
  • Pedestrian plaza
  • Public art

Permanent art

Sheila Klein, Imaginary Landscape
Using a contemporary take on formal garden techniques, artist Sheila Klein will create a signature landmark work for Tukwila Station. "Imaginary Landscape" will feature a steel crown/marquee that will adorn the ancillary building located at the heart of the station. Below, blue "sky" panels lead to five rows of red twig dogwood shrubs that reach out from the building in a finger-like pattern. Integrated lighting and mirrored panels in the marquee work together to give the artwork a dramatic, theatrical feel that will soften the site while injecting a bit of color, energy and visual excitement.

Fact sheet for this art project