Overview of the updated footprints for the three possible alternatives for the proposed Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility. Image provided by Sound Transit.

Overview of the updated footprints for the three possible alternatives for the proposed Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility. Image provided by Sound Transit.

Feedback sought for future light rail facility in Federal Way

South 336th Street preferred site by Sound Transit for maintenance operations

Sound Transit released new updates to the proposals for three possible locations of a new Operations and Maintenace Facility (OMF) in Federal Way related to the upcoming light rail extension.

Public comment is now open to provide feedback about these changes or about the OMF overall. A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the OMF was released back in 2021 and the final will be completed sometime after the final session of public comment concludes on Nov. 6, 2023.

The South 336th Street alternative is the preferred plan by Sound Transit. The other two options are referred to as the South 344th alternative (which overlaps in several areas with the 336th plan) or the Midway Landfill alternative in Kent. If the Midway Landfill alternative is selected, it would push back opening the facility for an extra three to seven years compared to the other two options.

Updated plans for the South 336th and South 344th alternatives include a test track and access road that have changed the footprint slightly. David Jackson at Sound Transit said that the benefit of the test track is that it will allow there to be “more cars ready sooner for light rail expansion, not only for Federal Way expansion, but for the Tacoma Dome route.”

Currently Sound Transit tests new cars on the light rail system at night when the passenger trains are not running. This is a short window between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Jackson said having the test track will provide greater capacity for testing, which would be beneficial for the planned light rail route expansions throughout the region.

The updated version of the South 336th alternative also includes better fish passage through new structures to replace existing culverts on Hylebos Creek tributaries and new configurations for wider stream and wetland corridors.

Once the location is selected, those who rent or own property within the boundaries of the project area will be provided with relocation assistance that can include connection with relocation specialists and compensation, according to Jackson.

Approximately 76% of the 66 acres of the proposed South 336th Street alternative are owned by the Christian Faith Center in four parcels of land. Three of these parcels are current vacant.

The 7.8-mile extension of light rail from Angle Lake in SeaTac through Kent to Federal Way is scheduled to open in 2026.

Previously submitted public comments will still be responded to and included in the Final EIS, so there is no need to submit again.

To submit public comments:

• Attend a virtual public meeting/hearing on Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

• Attend an in-person public meeting to make a verbal comment on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center (31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.)

• Email or voicemail: OMFSouthDEIS@soundtransit.org or 206-257-2141.

• Mail: OMF South Project, c/o Erin Green, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St. Seattle, WA 98104.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Northwest

E. Bailey Medilo, 18, of Renton urged council members to vote “yes” on on the motion to adopt a minimum wage increase at the Dec. 4 meeting. Medilo is part of the “Raise the Wage in Renton” campaign, which began when they were 17 and a senior at Renton High School. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Renton voters to decide on city’s minimum wage rate in February

Measure proposes setting pay at more than $19 per hour

Renton brothers Greg and Michael Chaikou. Courtesy photo.
Renton teen brothers volunteer to help Ukrainians learn English

Michael and Greg Chaikou were inspired to help Ukrainian immigrants affected by the war.

Three fatal shootings in Auburn in a week

Auburn Police and King County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate.

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Rivian associates, Renton Technical College staff and RTC students in front of a Rivian mobile service vehicle after the governor toured the new program space. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing.
Gov. Inslee visits Renton Technical College with EVs on agenda

Partnership between Rivian and RTC will allow students to become electric vehicle technicians.

Photo courtesy of Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
Wild Waves’ property owners in Federal Way prepare for rezoning

Agreement would allow more flexibility for development at the theme park, such as construction of a hotel.

Vandals spray-paint demands for Gaza cease-fire on U.S. Rep. Adam Smith’s Bellevue home

9th Congressional District covers parts of Bellevue, Renton, Kent, Federal Way and Auburn

King County Crime Dive podcast.
3 teen inmates escape | King County Crime Dive

In this episode, we take a closer look at Echo Glen Children’s Center, which recently saw another batch of escapes by juvenile inmates.

King County Crime Dive podcast.
Kirkland cop on paid leave | King County Crime Dive

In this episode, we take a closer look at a Kirkland police officer who is accused of harassing workers at bikini barista stands.

File Photo
Arrests made in Renton after armed carjacking in Newcastle

Two males, ages 21 and 16, were arrested at The Landing on Nov. 29

Renton Police Department. (File photo)
Renton Police investigate drive-by shooting near Hazen High School

At least two unidentified teens in a red vehicle shot at, but did not injure, a man driving an SUV.

Courtesy Photo, Auburn Police
Auburn Police investigate two homicides

Less than 10 hours apart on Nov. 28 and 29

Photo courtesy of James Jantos
Mercer Island High School marching band loves a parade | Photos

Band performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade