Sound Transit held groundbreaking ceremonies Friday morning to launch the $383 million, 1.6-mile extension of the Link light rail system from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to South 200th Street, where a new light rail stop will open in 2016.
It will be called the Angle Lake Station, named after the small body of water that’s barely visible amid the bustle of International Boulevard South.
The station was originally supposed to get built before 2006, but unforeseen high costs in other parts of the system, and slow planning, delayed the job many years.
The site is surrounded by gas stations, strip malls, a federal detention center and parking lots, but will have good connections to the RapidRide A Line bus and serve airport workers living to the south, and some apartments nearby. There will be a 700-stall park and ride garage, and 400 surface slots, taking pressure off the busy park-ride lots at Tukwila International Boulevard Station.
Sound Transit expects the new station to draw 5,400 riders a day.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was the featured speaker at the groundbreaking. SeaTac Mayor Tony Anderson said the elevated station, on a hill, will become a landmark where people can take pictures of two mountain ranges and Puget Sound from the 40-foot high boarding platform. “This will provide the residents of Seattle the opportunity they’ve been clamoring for, to get to the great city of SeaTac,” he told a crowd of 250 people.
The elevated trackway and station will be constructed by PCL Civil Constructors, which delivered the five-mile Tukwila segment of Link on time, before the line from downtown to the airport opened in 2009.