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Thursday, March 07, 2013    

Sound Transit to hold meetings on future transit expansion


Sound Transit is hosting several public meetings this month to explain plans for possible service expansions.

Through March 27, Sound Transit officials will host several neighborhood meetings to discuss the process to evaluate corridor alternatives for high-capacity transit from the future light-rail Angle Lake Station on South 200th Street in SeaTac to the Federal Way Transit Center, a distance of about 7.6 miles.

Design for the Angle Lake Station is under way, with construction planned to start in spring. The extension further south is in the alternatives analysis phase, with funding projected to be available for constructing an extension to Kent/Des Moines.

The alternatives analysis will help develop a shovel-ready plan for extending high-capacity transit to the Federal Way Transit Center when additional funding is secured, Sound Transit officials said in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, Sound Transit and Seattle city officials will hold an open house March 12 to kick off a high-capacity transit expansion study for rail service between Ballard and downtown Seattle. The study will support Seattle's Master Transit Plan, agency officials said.

"This study will allow Seattle to move forward in its work on rail transit, connecting neighborhoods and providing faster and more reliable transportation," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who serves on Sound Transit's board.

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