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.
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
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 April 28, the Sound Transit Board selected the project to be built. Access improvements for the project include 669 new parking spaces. An estimated 503 of these will come from a new garage near the station. An additional 166 spaces will come from surface parking along the north side of 3rd Avenue Northwest. The new garage and lot will supplement the existing 292 surface spaces at the station and 219 leased surface spaces at the Red Lot.
Project budget: $60.2 million
Timeline: All access improvements will be completed by 2023
Map of project area.
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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 developed access improvement options for the Puyallup Station. Open houses gathered input from the public on access improvements.
Summer 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.
Winter 2014/Summer 2015: Sound Transit held a series of community drop-in sessions to share project updates.
Spring 2015: Project team began environmental review process for parking garage.
Spring 2016: Sound Transit hosted an open house to share project updates and hear from the community.
Spring 2016: On April 28, the Sound Transit Board selected the project to be built. Improvements for the project include 669 new parking spaces. An estimated 503 of these will come from a new garage near the station. An additional 166 spaces will come from surface parking along the north side of 3rd Avenue Northwest. The new garage and lot will supplement the existing 292 surface spaces at the station and 219 leased surface spaces at the Red Lot.
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. The Sound Transit Board selected project includes building a garage with 503 spaces and adjacent expanded surface parking to accommodate demand.
Proposed 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 has evaluated improvements that would make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the station. Potential improvements include new or improved crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian pathways.
Working with the City of Puyallup, Sound Transit has identified traffic improvements as part of the environmental review to reduce transit rider-related congestion near the station, including:
- Full traffic signal at 7th Street NW and W Stewart Ave
- New eastbound right-turn pocket lane at W Stewart Ave and N Meridian