Calling it “just the kind of access that’s key for our community,” Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper and other dignitaries gathered Friday morning to dedicate the new Edmonds Sound Transit rail station directly across from the Edmonds ferry terminal. Edmonds Sounder train riders had been using a temporary station located south of the Amtrak station while the new station was being built.
Among those on hand to mark the occasion were Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, 21st District State Sen. Paull Shin, Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright, Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Rick Krochalis, City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and former Sound Transit Chairman (and Edmonds Mayoral Candidate) Dave Earling. Gerard Tsutakwa, the artist who created the 15-foot-high “Standing Wave” bronze sculpture that provides a dramatic entry to the station, was also on hand. After the required speeches, those present — led by the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band — walked from the temporary station to the new one for the official ribbon-cutting.
Station improvements for the $12.9 million project include a new train platform, larger passenger loading area and new transit shelters for Community Transit buses, which will directly access the station to pick up and drop off Sound Transit train commuters. Other amenities include upgraded lighting, newly paved parking lots, new landscaping and secure bike lockers.
“This location ties together Community Transit, Sound Transit and the Washington State Ferries in a facility where people can commute to work by getting off the ferry, walking a few hundred yards and getting on the train and going to Seattle to work, and that’s the kind of community that we want to have,” Cooper said. Based on strategic planning soon to get underway in Edmonds, he added, the hope is that people eventually can get off the train “and walk a few hundred yards to a mixed use facility where they can shop and live.
“Those are the kinds of things we’d like to see…a community that’s walkable where you can ride the bus and ride the train and ride your bicycle and everybody has access, and this facility provides just that kind of access that’s key for the future of our community,” Cooper said.
With the opening of the new parking lot on Monday morning, July 11, the temporary commuter parking area on Admiral Way will permanently close Friday at 8 p.m. Any vehicles in the lot after the closure date are subject to fines or towing by the Port of Edmonds. The new bus transit center operated by Community Transit is expected to open later this summer.
Consultant and contractors included KPFF Consulting Engineers for preliminary and final design, Harris & Associates for construction management and Pellco Construction Inc. for construction.