Kent Station Access Improvements Project

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Sound Transit is working to improve access to the Kent Sounder station for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and drivers. In November of 2017 the Sound Transit Board identified a preferred package of improvements for the Kent station. This includes a new parking garage located south of East James Street and west of Central Avenue North which would add approximately 500 new spaces, as well as pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access improvements. Read more about the preferred alternative here. Improvements are expected to be completed by 2023.

With two roundtrips added to the Sounder south line in 2017, 13 daily roundtrips now stop at the Kent station, and ridership has been growing steadily. As ridership and service increases, easy and reliable access to the stations will continue to be important.


Kent Station access improvements project phases timeline.

  • Alternative Developing and Screening
    • Winter-Spring 2017: A Technical Advisory Committee – composed of city and transit agency staff –met to establish the goals and evaluation criteria for the project and identify potential access improvements. Sound Transit also convened stakeholder workshops and held an open house for the public to provide input on the goals, evaluation criteria and potential access improvements.
    • Summer-Fall 2017: Sound Transit evaluated alternatives for station access improvements based on the goals and criteria developed in winter 2017, and held an open house to gather community feedback on the alternatives.
    • Fall 2017: Sound Transit Board reviewed findings and stakeholder input from the alternatives screening process and identified preferred access improvements for the station. See information on the Preferred Alternative here.
  • Environmental Review and Preliminary Design
    • 2018-2019: Conduct environmental review and preliminary design of the preferred access improvements for the station.
  • 2019-2021 Final Design
  • 2021-2023 Construction

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Missed the second Kent Sounder Station Access Improvements project open house in September 2017? Click here to review the meeting materials.

Missed the first Kent Sounder Station Access Improvements project open house in February 2017? Click here to review the meeting materials.