Sound Transit in the community!

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A new Community Outreach Specialist for the Federal Way Link Extension joined the Sound Transit team. Please contact Jefferson Rose with any questions or concerns moving forward: jefferson.rose@soundtransit.org or 206-370-5568.

 

Jefferson Rose

This past summer, Jefferson represented Sound Transit at community events in SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way to share updates on the Federal Way Link Extension project. More than 1,770 people stopped by our booths at fairs, festivals and farmers markets.

Over the next few months Sound Transit is meeting with community members who live close to the future light rail route and stations to update them on the project's status and answer questions. Be on the lookout for Sound Transit flyers, or you can email Jefferson Rose for additional information.

 

Future Federal Way Link Extension station map.

South 272nd Street station area spotlight

This future station will be located within the city of Kent at the existing Star Lake park-and-ride lot on South 272nd Street. The station will be at the edge of the wooded areas with northwest modern architecture and art to complement the surrounding area. The landscaping and lighting will consider the needs of the residents in surrounding communities while creating a safe and distinctive station design to support the needs of light rail and bus riders and other community members.

Design of the station's canopy will include high windows, providing shelter from the elements and plenty of light for riders on the platform. The parking structure will include 1,100 parking spaces.

Sound Transit prioritizes safety and, consistent with agency standards, the station will incorporate Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. CPTED elements to increase visibility to pedestrian activity in the station include:

  • Glass windscreens at light rail and bus waiting areas.
  • Glass elevator walls.
  • Landscaping designed and maintained to support visibility. For instance, ground cover is limited to three feet tall and trees will be planted and trimmed to keep bottom branches at eight feet and above.
  • Lighting that will feel inviting and safe.

Sound Transit worked with the city of Kent and the Kent community to select a theme for the artwork at this station. The theme 'Light at the Edge of the Forest,' will convey a warm welcoming glow for the community and riders enjoying this future station. There will be an additional opportunity for public input on the station concept, once we are in the final design stage.

Request for Proposal issued for design-build contractor

Sound Transit has selected three firms to advance to the next stage of the design-build contractor procurement process. Design-build means one contractor will take the project through both final design and construction. Sound Transit will select a winning bid next year, with construction scheduled to begin in late 2019. 

Sound Transit seeks volunteers to serve on agency oversight panel

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers from Pierce County and south King County to help the agency succeed in meeting its commitments to the public. The Citizen Oversight Panel (COP) currently has two openings, one for Pierce County and one for south King County. Sound Transit relies on the oversight and expertise of this dedicated and independent group of volunteers and encourages citizens to apply.

CONTACT: Rachelle Cunningham — (206) 398-5069 or rachelle.cunningham@soundtransit.org