Sound Transit has completed its conceptual design for the proposed parking and access improvements at the Kent Sounder train station.
The project includes construction of a new 530-space parking garage at East James Street and Railroad Avenue North as well as improvements to pedestrian, bicycle and bus connections. The cost of the project is an estimated $65 million, funded by the voter-approved Sound Transit 2 ballot measure in 2008.
An open house will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at Green River College, Kent Campus – Room 283, 417 Ramsay Way. Attendees will learn more about the project, including conceptual design, added bus layover space and proposed environmental mitigations.
People unable to attend the open house can learn more about the project by visiting Soundtransit.org/kent-access-improvements (click on the “Documents” link).
Construction is expected to start in 2021 and the garage completed in 2024. Sound Transit also is building new garages in the next few years at Sounder stops in Auburn, Sumner and Puyallup.
Under state law, Sound Transit analyzed potential environmental impacts and benefits of the project and issued a Determination of Nonsignificance. Sound Transit is accepting public comments on this analysis from Oct. 7-21.
Comments on the environmental analysis at can be made online or by email at KentStation@soundtransit.org, please include your name and mailing address. By regular mail to: Elma Borbe, Sr. Environmental Planner, 401 Jackson St. Seattle, WA 98104.