Open house in Renton on new Sound Transit HOV access projects

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Swifter and more reliable access for buses, van pools and car pools from Renton to I-405 and St. Hwy. 167 and improved transit flow through downtown Renton are the goals of proposed concepts that will be discussed at an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Renton High School cafeteria, 400 S. Second St. in downtown Renton.

An original list of 20 possible concepts to improve freeway access for buses, vanpools and carpools in Renton were considered and narrowed down at a previous open house, leaving six concepts that will be on display at the Nov. 14 open house. The proposed concepts include new HOV access ramps onto I-405 at either N. 8th St. or Park Ave. and four street improvement options to improve transit flow in downtown Renton.

At the open house, people will be able to talk directly with staff from Sound Transit, the city of Renton, King County Metro and the Washington state Department of Transportation to learn about the proposals and to share their opinions on which concept they prefer.

Another public house will be held in January, after which the preferred alternatives for the projects will be selected. The projects are scheduled for completion by 2004 and 2005, with construction planned from 2002 to 2203.

For more information on the projects, please contact Tess Murphy, community relations coordinator, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, 206-398-5048 or email at

Regional Express is a division of Sound Transit, which includes 18 new limited-stop regional ST Express bus routes and 49 capital projects including improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes.

Voter-approved in 1996, Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county regional transit system. Along with Regional Express, it includes Sounder commuter rail, an 82-mile system using existing rail lines serving Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood; and Link light rail, a 21-mile system connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac and a 1.6-mile system in Tacoma.

For more information please visit the Sound Transit Web site at or call or write for more information at Sound Transit, Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 398-5000 or 1-800-201-4900.

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