More transit for South King County
During the next five years, getting around is getting easier. Learn more about Sound Transit's progress building and operating an expanding system in South King County and how you can let us get you where you need to go.
Getting around is getting easier
A 7-minute ride takes you from Husky Stadium to the new NHL practice facility at Northgate.
Grab lunch in the Stadium District between classes at UW Tacoma.
Ride from Northgate to the Microsoft campus, or hop on at Bellevue's new Spring District neighborhood or Mercer Island and cross Lake Washington to downtown Seattle or the U District.
Extending Link north, south and east
No schedule needed to get you to destinations on I-405, SR 518, SR 522 or NE 145th St. Step off a Stride bus and onto Link light rail at Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bellevue or Tukwila.
Link light rail: Federal Way to Sea-Tac Airport in 15 minutes // Opens 2024
- 3 new stations: Kent/Des Moines near Highline College, S 272nd and Federal Way Transit Center.
- 3,200 parking spaces and local bus routes to connect to stations.
- Advanced route and station designs, acquired property and selected the design-build contractor.
- Groundbreaking and start of construction.
Link light rail: Critical facility to maintain and store new Link trains for South Sound service // Opens 2026
- With public input, the Board chose three sites to study in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement: one in Kent, two in Federal Way.
- In 2021, the Board will choose the project location based on findings in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
- Draft Environmental Impact Statement is published in summer and public is encouraged to comment. Subscribe to project updates to be notified when you can comment.
Link light rail: Tacoma Dome to Sea-Tac Airport in 33 minutes // Opens 2030
- 4 new stations: South Federal Way, Fife, Portland Avenue and Tacoma Dome.
- New parking at South Federal Way and Fife, and local bus routes to connect to stations.
- The Board chose a preferred alternative for route and station locations as well as other alternatives to study in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, a critical milestone to keeping the project on schedule.
- The Final Environmental Impact Statement will inform the Board's decision in 2022 of final route and station locations.
- Learn more about route options and station area design refinements.
Parking: More parking at Kent and Auburn stations // Opens 2024
- Kent garage at East James Street and Railroad Avenue North.
- Auburn garage at 1st Street Northwest.
- New garages at Puyallup and Sumner stations in Pierce County open in 2022 and 2023.
- Input from local jurisdictions and public helped develop garage designs.
- Opportunity for public comment on visual design of garages. Subscribe to project updates for Kent and Auburn to be notified when you can comment on the visual design of the garages in 2020.
Sounder: Expansion projects to serve more Sounder riders // all projects complete by 2036
- Sounder South Capacity Expansion to serve more riders could include additional service, expanding platforms to serve trains up to 10 cars long and other updates to Tukwila, Kent, Auburn and Pierce County stations.
- Launched planning with initial public involvement to determine best investments.
- Identify and begin planning first round of projects.
Bus rapid transit: Burien to Bellevue in about 40 minutes // Starts 2024
- Stride, a new bus rapid transit (BRT) service, will offer fast, frequent and reliable bus travel to destinations on highways and arterials south, east and north of Lake Washington.
- Buses run as often as every 10 minutes. Stations designed for fast arrivals and departures.
- Connects to Link light rail at Tukwila, Bellevue and Lynnwood.
- Improved design of Tukwila Station for faster access, cutting future travel time from Burien/Tukwila to Bellevue by 17% over initial projections.
- Conducted outreach to inform and gather comments from communities along the route.
- Performed fieldwork, technical analysis and environmental study.
- Complete environmental review and begin final design.