Sound Transit to break ground on new train station Wednesday

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An artist's drawing of a passenger shelter at the new train station.

Sound Transit is breaking ground for the permanent Edmonds Sounder commuter train station Wednesday, and you are invited to attend. A new train platform on the east side of the tracks will include a larger passenger loading area and new transit shelters. A new transit center at the north end of the station for Community Transit buses will improve the connections between buses, trains and ferries.

Standing Wave sculpture
“Standing Wave”
by Gerard Tsutakawa

Other improvements include upgraded lighting, a newly paved parking lot with better drainage, new landscaping, and secure bike lockers, all resulting in a station area that is more welcoming, attractive and pedestrian-friendly for commuters and residents alike. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2011; during construction, temporary parking will be available for Sounder commuters.

To join Sound Transit at the groundbreaking event,  which starts at 11 a.m. at 210 Railroad Ave., RSVP to: events@soundtransit.org.

Edmonds Station will feature two artworks by renowned local artist Gerard Tsutakawa. “Standing Wave,” a 15-foot bronze sculpture, will be moved from its temporary location in the SR 104 Mini-Park to its new home at the north end of the station site. The wave form will be echoed in artist-designed railing features on the station’s platform. The two works together reference the movement of the water on Puget Sound.

3 COMMENTS

  1. When are the Seattle to Everett trains going to support a resident of Seattle who works at the largest single business site on first shift. There are very very few (1) trains going northbound from Seattle to Mukilteo near Boeing’s Everett and only (1) return at 8pm from Everett back to Seattle.

    This is not a viable “mass transit” until this happens.

  2. @ Rob, The ? about the cost of artwork may be a good one (I am not one to decide if it is or isn’t) but I hope you realize that it would be shortsighted to simply leave off any and all artwork or “fun” extras on public projects. People tend to appreciate having a little bit of form with their function if you know what I mean. If you don’t get it, try re-posting once you’ve told me how you’ve cut out every last bit of “fun” from your household? Cable, cell phone, extra shoes, brand name foods, pets, books, computer, DVD’s, music, etc. and see how much you’re enjoying life?

    @ Jerry, mass transit doesn’t mean that no one anywhere shall ever need a car. Why the hell would any public agency invest their limited resources catering to the “opposite” commute when traffic congestion isn’t an issue?

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