Today, Sound Transit celebrates the start of construction on the 7.8-mile Federal Way Link Extension.
We'd like to thank everyone involved in this milestone, including leaders on the local, state and national levels as well as community members, organizations, business owners and artists. We're so excited to be able to connect more people to more places around our region.
While a traditional in-person groundbreaking event could not take place under COVID-19 health guidelines, we invite you to join the virtual celebration by watching this video:
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The Federal Way Link Extension will extend light rail from Angle Lake to the Federal Way Transit Center. Extending the regional rail system to South King County will bring congestion relief, as well as a path for more transit to Pierce County in the coming years.
Opening in 2024, the extension includes three new stations serving Kent/Des Moines, South 272nd and the Federal Way Transit Center.
This project will connect neighborhoods and bring opportunities to get our economy back on track, giving commuters an option for fast, frequent and reliable service between South King County and SeaTac airport, downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, Northgate, Lynnwood and Bellevue.
Trips from Federal Way to Pioneer Square will take 45 minutes (and the trip to the airport is only 15 minutes!).
The $3.1 billion light rail project includes a $790 million Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration and a $629.5 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation.