Sound Transit's first construction project gets underway with ground-breaking ceremony in Auburn on Thursday, Aug. 12
On Aug. 12, another Sound Transit milestone will be reached when officials from Sound Transit and the City of Auburn ceremonially break ground to begin construction for the Sounder train station in downtown Auburn.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the future Auburn Sounder train station site located at the intersection of "C" St. SW and First SW, on the west side of the railroad tracks in downtown Auburn.
Everyone is invited to attend and entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
The Auburn Sounder train station will be one of 14 stations along the 82-mile Sounder train system using existing Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railways serving the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Seattle, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett. The 40-mile line between Tacoma and Seattle is scheduled to offer demonstration runs by the end of this year with commuter service to begin in early 2000. In early 2001, Sounder commuter rail will extend service north to Everett and south to Lakewood.
Sounder is just one part of Sound Move, the regional transit plan approved by voters in 1996 which also includes the development a 21-mile Link light rail between SeaTac and Northgate; a 1.6-mile downtown Tacoma Link light rail line; and the Regional Express program which includes at least 18 new limited-stop ST Express bus routes and numerous improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes throughout the region.
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