Sound Transit is a partner on several projects around the region to improve transit mobility and service and is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation, various cities, counties and partner transit agencies to complete them.
85th Street Corridor and Related Improvements - Kirkland
This is one of several projects that Sound Transit is helping to fund in the City of Kirkland and includes a variety of improvements along ST Express Route 540 to increase access, reliability and operating speed.
Location: NE 85th Street in Kirkland between 114th Avenue NE and 132nd Avenue NE.
Sound Transit contribution: $3.7 million
Planning partners: City of Kirkland, King County Metro (providing transit services and operates on-board signal priority equipment)
Milestones: Construction began July 2011 and will continue through 2013
BNSF Corridor - East King County
Sound Transit will make a maximum contribution of $50 million dollars to be used for rail passenger development and associated work undertaken by other local governments and public agencies for future commuter rail service on an existing BNSF line.
Bothell Transit Center and parking garage
Sound Transit will contribute $5 million to help fund a transit center/park-and-ride project in the vicinity of SR527/Bothell Way NE and NE 185th Street in downtown Bothell in order to improve rider access to transit service.
First Hill Streetcar
Sound Transit is funding this 2-mile street car project while Seattle Department of Transportation designed and is building it.
Rainier Avenue Improvements
This project will improve transit mobility and traffic and pedestrian safety. ST Express bus routes 560 and 566 will use the north and southbound business access and transit lanes that are being added. Left-hand turns will be eliminated, except at intersections where U-turns with a signal will be allowed. New eight-foot wide sidewalks, street lighting and planter strips will improve walkability.
Location: South Grady Way to South 2nd Street in Renton
Sound Transit contribution: $14.9 million
Planning partners: City of Renton and Washington State Department of Transportation
Milestones: Construction began winter 2012 and is expected to finish 1st quarter 2014
SW 27th Street/Strander Boulevard Connection
This project will provide a critical four/five-lane arterial that will serve as a connection between West Valley Highway (SR-181) and East Valley Road, as well as a connection to SR-167 from the south. Sound Transit is contributing to the initial phase of this project - construction of an underpass at the BNSF tracks & Strander Blvd.
Location: Between West Valley Highway (SR-181) and East Valley Road in Renton, WA
Sound Transit contribution: $4 million
Planning partners: City of Renton, City of Tukwila, Washington state Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
Milestones: Construction began in 2012 and will continue through late 2013