Sep 23, 201603:47 PMBlog

South King light rail starts tomorrow

Sep 23, 2016 - 03:47 PM

South King County residents bound for downtown Seattle will need drive only to Angle Lake in SeaTac beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, as Sound Transit begins regularly scheduled light rail service.

Riders using the elevated station and guideway will reach Sea-Tac Airport in four minutes, Westlake Station downtown in 41 minutes, and University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium in 48 minutes. It also has a 1,050 parking garage and 70 surface parking spaces, which will relieve demand for transit user parking in a congested corridor.

A dedication ceremony and inaugural train ride sponsored by Alaska Airlines, and a City of SeaTac community celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Angle Lake Station will spur the redevelopment of many nearby properties and provide new housing and economic development in this part of our city,” said SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes.

Federal Transit Administration provided $37.3 million in grants to the new line, including $10 million in TIGER funding. Washington state provided $5.2 million in Regional Mobility Grant funding, and Puget Sound Regional Council awarded $7 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality dollars for the project.

            

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