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Sound Transit breaks ground on transfer facility


Sound Transit officials Aug. 7 joined with representatives from King County, the city of Redmond, Federal Transit Administration and Microsoft to break ground for the NE 40th/Overlake Transit Center.

The $8.5 million, nine-acre transit center will be one of the Eastside’s major transit access points, providing 230 Park-and-Ride spaces, and serving as a transfer site for bus riders from Sound Transit, King County Metro and Community Transit. Nearby employers plan to operate a shuttle service to the center. Even bicycle riders would have a changing room, lockers for daytime storage and three bike-securing options.

Redmond police plan to operate a field station for officers patrolling the Overlake area, and Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association would lease space enabling them to assist commuters and aid employers’ efforts to market public transit to their workers. Food and/or beverage concession space would be offered, as well as space for bike repairs.

"This project shows how local jurisdictions and the private sector can be creative in addressing our transportation needs while state funding issues remain unresolved," said Sound Transit Board Chairman Dave Earling.

The facility is scheduled to open in early 2002.

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