Sound Transit hosts neighborhood events on Federal Way Transit Extension

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Public invited to learn more about efforts to evaluate corridor alternatives for extending high capacity transit further south

Sound Transit is hosting a series of neighborhood events tonight through Mar. 27 to provide opportunities for the public to learn about the process to evaluate alternatives for future transit service between SeaTac and Federal Way.

The agency is evaluating corridor alternatives to extend high capacity transit from the future light rail Angle Lake Station on S. 200th Street in SeaTac to the Federal Way Transit Center, a distance of about 7.6 miles. Design for the Angle Lake Station is underway, with construction to begin later this spring. The extension further south is currently in the alternatives analysis phase, with funding projected to be available for constructing an extension to Kent/Des Moines. The alternatives analysis will help develop a shovel-ready plan for extending high capacity transit to the Federal Way Transit Center when additional funding is secured.

Citizens are encouraged to stop by the following scheduled events, where Sound Transit staff will be available at information tables to talk about the agency's plans for extending high capacity transit further south.

Des Moines

Monday, Mar. 4
3 - 5 p.m.
Woodmont Library
26809 Pacific Highway South

Wednesday, Mar. 6
4 - 6 p.m.
Des Moines Library
21620 11th Avenue South

Thursday, Mar. 14
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Highline Community College
Student Union Building
2400 South 240th Street

Monday, Mar. 18                    
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                     
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street
                                                
Kent

Tuesday, Mar. 12
3 - 5 p.m.
Kent Library
212 2nd Avenue North

Tuesday, Mar. 19
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.         
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith St.

SeaTac

Thursday, Mar. 21
5 - 7 p.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Avenue South

Monday, March 25
2 - 4 p.m.
Valley View Library
17850 Military Road South                 

Federal Way

Wednesday, Mar. 27
5 - 7 p.m.
Federal Way Library
34200 First Way South                                                           

Monday, Apr. 8
6 - 7:30 a.m.
Federal Way Transit Center
31621 23rd Avenue South

Additional neighborhood event dates in Federal Way will be scheduled.

These events are part of the Alternatives Analysis process currently underway to identify corridor and mode alternatives for the Federal Way Transit Extension. Following completion of the Alternatives Analysis this summer, the project will advance to a draft environmental review later this year, and final environmental review in 2015. The agency expects to obtain a Record of Decision from the Federal Transit Administration in 2016, with construction to Kent/Des Moines planned to begin in 2019. There will be additional opportunities for public involvement during the environmental and design process.

Link light rail service to Angle Lake is scheduled to begin in 2016, at the same time Sound Transit extends light rail from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington. Service to Kent/Des Moines is planned to begin in 2023.

For more information on the Federal Way Transit Extension, please go to soundtransit.org/FWextension.