Sound Transit wants ideas for light rail station names in Kent, Federal Way

Two public meetings planned for November.

Sound Transit will give residents an opportunity to provide input during two meetings in November about what to name the three stations for the Federal Way Link Extension.

“This fall we are hosting in-person and online open houses to provide more details about what to expect during construction and to give community members an opportunity to provide input on station names,” according to a Sound Transit project update released this week.

The meetings are:

• Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. at Highline College, 2400 S. 240th St., Building 8

• Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m. at Federal Way Performing Arts Center, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S.

Sound Transit plans a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at each meeting. Residents can stop by anytime from 6-8 p.m. to talk about station names, ask questions and learn more about the project.

No list of potential names has been released by the agency. The Sound Transit Board will eventually select the names.

Names are needed for the following passenger stations and garages:

• Kent/Des Moines at 30th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South (500-space garage)

• Kent at South 272nd Street near Interstate 5 (1,100-space garage)

• Federal Way Transit Center (400-space garage)

Sound Transit will extend the line from Angle Lake Station in SeaTac at South 200th Street through Kent to the Federal Way Transit Center at South 317th Street.

The 7.8-mile extension remains on target to open in December 2024. Structure demolition, utility relocation and final route design and station designs are scheduled for this year. The heavy civil construction with clearing and grading, tree removal, trucks and cranes will start in February or March of 2020, according to agency officials.

The Sound Transit Board this year awarded the $1.4 billion design/construction contract to Nebraska-based Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. The total estimated cost of the extension is $3.1 billion, which includes Sound Transit’s costs for land acquisition needed to extend the line as well as 20 new light rail vehicles and other costs.

The agency will pay for about $1.5 billion through sales tax, rental car, vehicle tabs and property tax revenues. Another $790 million is expected in federal grants and $629 million from a federal loan to be repaid by Sound Transit’s tax revenues.

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