Sound Transit held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning at the site of a $46 million Tukwila Station improvement project on Longacres Road, where new walkways, parking slots, electric-vehicle charging and other features should be done by fall 2014.
It’s not all that easy to find.
At the event Monday morning, State Rep. Steve Bergquist, D-Renton, recounted the time he needed to get his aunt to the station in a downpour three years ago, but mistakenly headed to the Tukwila International Boulevard light-rail station north of the airport. He eventually found the right station for her trip, this station in the Green River Valley.
“I had no idea this even existed. This is a train station, but not really,” he said.
Federal Rail Administrator Joe Szabo, whose agency provided $14 million, also spoke, before making a visit to mudslide-prone portions of the regional train line in Mukilteo.
Each weekday, an average of 1,340 people a day get on or off a train here. More people commute into Tukwila (409) than leave it (257) each morning. A Boeing campus is nearby, and local governments plan to add housing and bike ways. The existing 208 park-and-ride spaces will nearly double to 390 slots, there will be storage for 76 bicycles, and the station will be along King County Metro’s RapidRide F Line.
Besides serving Sounder commuter trains, this is also a stop for the four round-trip Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Portland.
Barbara Olson, waiting for a train to Seattle and Bellingham, said she would appreciate smoother ramps to roll her luggage up to the platforms, instead of the existing wood promenade and patchy asphalt. “It looks like a little bus stop,” she said.