Sound Transit breaks ground for new Issaquah Transit Center

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Sound Transit and its partners - the City of Issaquah and King County Metro Transit - today broke ground for construction of a new transit center and parking garage at State Route 900 and Newport Way NW.

"Issaquah is growing along with the rest of the region," said Sound Transit Boardmember and Issaquah Deputy City Council President Fred Butler. When this project is completed, we will have another important transit hub along the critical I-90 corridor."

"The work here in Issaquah, and around the region, fits in with Sound Transit's vision to connect communities," said Sound Transit Vice-Chair and Bellevue City Councilmember Connie Marshall. "That vision is coming into focus every month as new stations, transit centers and expanded bus and train service come online."

The new garage will more than double the amount of parking spaces at the site - to over 800 stalls - and the transit center will expand the site from one bus bay to six, allowing for increased service at this key location.

"This new transit center and garage will provide many benefits for our city," Said Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger. "In addition to improving transit service and doubling the parking availability at a lot regularly filled beyond capacity, there will be a police outpost, better weather protection for those waiting at the bus bays and new bicycle storage facilities."

When completed, the Issaquah Transit Center will be another important piece of the larger picture along the I-90 corridor. In addition to building new transit centers that improve speed and reliability for bus-riding commuters, Sound Transit has completed, or started construction on, more than 5,000 new parking slots along I-90 so more people can make the choice to avoid crawling along in their cars during the rush hour jams.

Construction of the new Issaquah Transit Center and Parking Garage will take approximately 18-20 months with the opening planned for February 2008. During construction, regular bus service will continue at the site.

Sound Transit is also providing limited replacement parking (170 stalls) at an interim lot located to the immediately to the northwest of the existing park-and-ride.  Additionally, there are two other lots nearby at Tibbetts Park and Ball Field. Commuters can also park at the Eastgate, Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish Park-and-Ride facilities.

"Issaquah is growing along with the rest of the region," said Sound Transit Boardmember and Issaquah Deputy City Council President Fred Butler. When this project is completed, we will have another important transit hub along the critical I-90 corridor."

"The work here in Issaquah, and around the region, fits in with Sound Transit's vision to connect communities," said Sound Transit Vice-Chair and Bellevue City Councilmember Connie Marshall. "That vision is coming into focus every month as new stations, transit centers and expanded bus and train service come online."

The new garage will more than double the amount of parking spaces at the site - to over 800 stalls - and the transit center will expand the site from one bus bay to six, allowing for increased service at this key location.

"This new transit center and garage will provide many benefits for our city," Said Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger. "In addition to improving transit service and doubling the parking availability at a lot regularly filled beyond capacity, there will be a police outpost, better weather protection for those waiting at the bus bays and new bicycle storage facilities."

When completed, the Issaquah Transit Center will be another important piece of the larger picture along the I-90 corridor. In addition to building new transit centers that improve speed and reliability for bus-riding commuters, Sound Transit has completed, or started construction on, more than 5,000 new parking slots along I-90 so more people can make the choice to avoid crawling along in their cars during the rush hour jams.

Construction of the new Issaquah Transit Center and Parking Garage will take approximately 18-20 months with the opening planned for February 2008. During construction, regular bus service will continue at the site.

Sound Transit is also providing limited replacement parking (170 stalls) at an interim lot located to the immediately to the northwest of the existing park-and-ride.  Additionally, there are two other lots nearby at Tibbetts Park and Ball Field. Commuters can also park at the Eastgate, Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish Park-and-Ride facilities.


 
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