Sound Transit hosts open house on S. 200th Link Extension design

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Public invited to view elevated station and guideway design, proposed parking, plaza and public art concepts

Sound Transit will conduct an open house on the current design of the South 200th Link Extension from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in the gym at Madrona Elementary School, 20301 32nd Ave. South in SeaTac. A presentation on the project will be given at 6:30 p.m.

During the open house, citizens will have the opportunity to review the design, currently at 50 percent completion, for the elevated guideway and future Angle Lake Station, which will extend light rail service from Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street. 

Attendees will also have an opportunity to view a 3D animation of a Link light rail train traveling on the 1.6-mile elevated guideway along 28th Avenue South, learn about construction schedules and phases, comment on proposed station plaza concepts and public art elements, and hear about plans for proposed parking, roadway and station access improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.

Construction of the new station and guideway is scheduled to begin this spring, with service to start in September, 2016 - four years earlier than envisioned in the voter-approved Sound Transit 2 plan and at the same time Seattle's University Link Extension opens.

The elevated Angle Lake Station will include passenger platforms with covered waiting areas, a transfer area for local and Rapid Ride bus connections, dedicated areas for passenger pickup and drop off, and vanpool parking. Secured bicycle storage, street improvements, bicycle and pedestrian access, landscaping and public art are also elements of the project. 

The agency will conduct separate procurements for design and construction of a garage, plaza and site improvements at the station, and construction of nearby roadway and surface parking improvements. A park-and-ride garage with a minimum of 700 stalls and up to 400 additional interim surface spaces will provide parking for commuters, offering  an alternative to parking at the Tukwila International Boulevard station. The additional interim parking will help meet demand while the Angle Lake Station serves as Link's interim southern terminus until the scheduled 2023 opening of service to the Kent/Des Moines area.