Sound Transit to host open houses to discuss Sounder Station improvements

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Possible enhancements include increased parking, pedestrian sidewalks and bridges, bicycle commute options, and transit facility enhancements

Sound Transit is holding a series of open houses this month to present information on its Sounder Station Access Study. The agency is conducting the study to identify potential improvements in the ways commuters access its busy southline commuter rail stations.

Possible station enhancements under study include increased parking, pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks and bridges, bicycle commute options, and transit facility enhancements.

Open houses will not include a formal presentation but will provide attendees with an overview of existing station access issues, discussion of potential solutions, and ample opportunity for comment and questions. The open houses will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Tacoma - Tuesday, Jan. 18
University of Washington -Tacoma
Jane Russell Commons
1918 Pacific Avenue

Sumner - Wednesday, Jan. 19
Sumner School
High School Commons
1707 Main St.

Puyallup - Thursday, Jan. 20
Puyallup City Hall: Chamber Hall
333 South Meridian

Lakewood - Tuesday, Jan. 25
Lakewood Boys & Girls Club
10402 Kline St SW

Kent - Wednesday, Jan. 26
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith Street

Auburn - Thursday, Jan. 27
Auburn City Hall: Council Chamber
25 W. Main Street

The Station Access Study is part of the ST2 regional transit funding package that voters approved in November 2008. The study is planned through 2011.

More information about the open houses can be found at www.soundtransit.org/StationStudy.