Sound Transit hosts open house on Federal Way Link Extension
Public invited to learn about options for extending light rail south of the future Angle Lake Station
Sound Transit is hosting an open house for its Federal Way Link Extension project Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Federal Way Transit Center Plaza, 31621 23rd Avenue South.
The public is invited to learn about the planning work underway to extend Link light rail service to Kent/Des Moines by 2023, with plans to reach Federal Way when more funding is secured. Citizens will have the opportunity to learn about the route alternatives and potential station locations now being studied for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The Draft EIS is scheduled to be published late this year or early 2015. Following public comment on the Draft EIS, the Sound Transit Board of Directors will be asked to identify a preferred alternative for final environmental review. The Final EIS will be published in early 2016, with the Sound Transit Board scheduled to select the project to be built later that year after receiving a federal record of decision.
Currently, there is sufficient voter-approved funding to construct a light rail extension from the future Angle Lake Station at South 200th Street to Kent/Des Moines. Service to Angle Lake Station will begin in 2016-the same year service to University Link will begin. The work now underway will establish a shovel-ready plan, including a federally approved route and completed conceptual engineering, to extend the system further south to Federal Way once funding is secured.