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Sound Transit to open South 200th light-rail extension in September


Sound Transit's South 200th Link light-rail extension in SeaTac, Wash., will open Sept. 24, the agency announced yesterday.

The $383 million project is $40 million under budget and four years ahead of schedule, Sound Transit officials said in a press release. The project is funded by the Sound Transit 2 sales tax measure, which voters approved in 2008.

The 1.6-mile extension runs from Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street and 28th Avenue and consists of an elevated guideway and the Angle Lake Station that will serve as the southern terminus for Link until the extension to Kent/Des Moines, Wash., opens in 2023.

The station includes a 1,050-stall garage, 70-space surface lot, van pool parking and a passenger drop-off area.

Sound Transit's board approved accelerating the project after congressional leaders helped secure a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.

The extension will be the agency's first design-build project. By 2018, the Angle Lake Station is expected to serve 5,400 riders each weekday.

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