US-based regional train service provider Sound Transit is set to open Angle Lake station in Seattle on 24 September, marking the launch of a light rail service on the South 200th link extension.
The 1.6-mile extension from Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street has been constructed under a $383m plan.
Built as part of Sound Transit 2 plan and approved in 2008, the extension will be open four years earlier than planned.
With an aim to continue expansion of the regional mass transit system, the new extension includes an elevated guideway and station that will serve as the link’s southern terminus until the extension to Kent/Des Moines opens in 2023.
The extension also features a 1,050-stall garage, 70-space surface lot, van pool parking, as well as passenger drop-off/pickup area.
In addition, other facilities include covered waiting areas, a transfer point for local and RapidRide bus connections, as well as secure bicycle storage.
Sound Transit Board chair Dow Constantine said: “Opening the Angle Lake Station marks another milestone in building a vibrant, regional light rail system.
“Trains running every six minutes will give thousands of riders fast, reliable service to jobs, schools, and Huskies, Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games.”
Furthermore, a public art sculpture called ‘Cloud’, designed by artist Laura Haddad, has been installed on the elevated platform straddling South 200th Street.
Sound Transit has also received $10m in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, (TIGER) funding from the US Department of Transportation.
Angle Lake Station is estimated to serve 5,400 daily users by 2018.