South King subarea

South King subarea

Thirteen applications were submitted by eight jurisdictions seeking $19.2 million for projects in the South King subarea. Click on the project titles below to review summary information about each project. The overall and factor-specific ratings are based on the application materials linked and separate follow-up discussions that occurred with every applicant.

= Projects preliminarily rated “recommended” or “highly recommended” by Sound Transit staff

1. SW 148th Street Pedestrian Access Improvements (Burien)

1. SW 148th Street Pedestrian Access Improvements (Burien)

Project Overview:

This project includes construction of a new traffic signal and related intersection improvements at SW 148th Street and Sixth Avenue SW, reconstruction of a traffic signal and related intersection improvements at SW 148th Street and Fourth Avenue SW, and remediation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues on SW 148th Street. These projects support direct nonmotorized access to the Burien Transit Center, enhance safety for nonmotorized travel, and comply with ADA requirements.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Burien

Sponsoring Agency: City of Burien

Facility: Burien Transit Center

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Year of Project Completion: 2020

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Not Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Low

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Low

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

2. Military Road S and S 152nd Street Improvements (SeaTac)

2. Military Road S and S 152nd Street Improvements (SeaTac)

Project Overview:

This project constructs safety improvements along the Military Road S corridor to establish a physical separation between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Currently, there are no bike lanes and pedestrians travel along a delineated shoulder walkway at the same elevation as vehicles with no separation. Improvements include construction of bike lanes, curb and gutter, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalks with landscaping, street lighting, driveways to control access to businesses and residences, upgraded pedestrian crossings, and a right turn lane. This project was preliminarily rated as Not Recommended because the City has all funds necessary and has already started construction on the project.

ST Subarea: South King

City: SeaTac

Sponsoring Agency: City of SeaTac

Facility: Tukwila International Boulevard Station

Amount Requested: $1,300,000

Year of Project Completion: 2020

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Not Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

High

 
Delivery
Plan:

High

3. Nonmotorized Connections and Wayfinding at Tukwila International Boulevard Station (Tukwila)

3. Nonmotorized Connections and Wayfinding at Tukwila International Boulevard Station (Tukwila)

Project Overview:

This project will design and construct sidewalks on S 152nd Street and wayfinding at nine critical locations to assist pedestrians and cyclists in making decisions for routing and safe walking. The proposed improvements to S 152nd will enhance the pedestrian experience, tie into an affordable housing development that is providing a north-south connection, and provide a protected, safe walking route across the high-volume intersection with Tukwila International Boulevard.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Tukwila

Sponsoring Agency: City of Tukwila

Facility: Tukwila International Boulevard Station

Amount Requested: $2,873,000

Year of Project Completion: 2021

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

High

 
 
Connectivity:

High

Safety &
Human
Health:

High

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

4. Tukwila Station Nonmotorized Connectivity and Safety (Tukwila)

4. Tukwila Station Nonmotorized Connectivity and Safety (Tukwila)

Project Overview:

This project will improve nonmotorized safety and connectivity between Tukwila Station and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) District. The TOD District is within walking distance of the Tukwila Station, but without safe or convenient access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Green River and State Route 181 serve as major barriers, resulting in a route that is circuitous on busy public streets. The project will build upon some segments that have already been constructed to include a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB), a pedestrian signal, Green River Trail improvements linking Tukwila Station with the TOD District, and wayfinding.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Tukwila

Sponsoring Agency: City of Tukwila

Facility: Tukwila Station

Amount Requested: $3,291,000

Year of Project Completion: 2021

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

High

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

High

 
Delivery
Plan:

High

5. Station Intersection Pedestrian Safety Improvements (SeaTac)

5. Station Intersection Pedestrian Safety Improvements (SeaTac)

Project Overview:

This project will identify opportunities to improve pedestrian and bike safety and access to SeaTac’s three light rail stations, and construct improvements within a quarter-mile radius around each station. All three light rail stations are located either directly on or adjoining International Boulevard, requiring users to cross multiple lanes of high-volume traffic. The projects may include lighting, sidewalk widening/shared use path opportunities, improved buffering between nonmotorized and motorized modes, landscaping, signage, place making, and targeted improvements at the SeaTac/Airport Station drop-off area.

ST Subarea: South King

City: SeaTac

Sponsoring Agency: City of SeaTac

Facility: Angle Lake Station, SeaTac/Airport Station, Tukwila International Boulevard Station

Amount Requested: $1,500,000

Year of Project Completion: 2022

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

6. Barnes Creek Trail South Segment (Des Moines)

6. Barnes Creek Trail South Segment (Des Moines)

Project Overview:

The project will complete the preliminary engineering and construction phases for the Barnes Creek Trail South Segment. The trail includes approximately 1,400 linear feet of a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along the north side of South 240th Street between 16th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South. Additional improvements include storm water facilities, structural walls, curb and gutter, a 5-foot landscape buffer, curb ramps, traffic signal modifications, trail signage, and bus stop facilities.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Des Moines

Sponsoring Agency: City of Des Moines

Facility: Kent/Des Moines Station, Angle Lake Station

Amount Requested: $1,985,000

Year of Project Completion: 2022

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

High

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

7. W James Street at 2nd Avenue N Pedestrian Crossing (Kent)

7. W James Street at 2nd Avenue N Pedestrian Crossing (Kent)

Project Overview:

This project will install a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) high visibility crosswalk, raised median with a pedestrian cut-through, and Americans with Disabilities Act ramps on W James Street at Second Avenue N. This will split the distance (0.3 miles) between crossings to 0.16 miles.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Kent

Sponsoring Agency: City of Kent

Facility: Kent Station

Amount Requested: $273,683

Year of Project Completion: 2021

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

High

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

8. W James Street and W Smith Street Pedestrian Improvements (Kent)

8. W James Street and W Smith Street Pedestrian Improvements (Kent)

Project Overview:

This project will improve the pedestrian environment between the Kent/James Street Park & Ride and Kent Station with wayfinding, pedestrian lighting, and twelve Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps. The Kent Station parking garage has a high utilization, and the Kent/James Street Park & Ride is underutilized. The project will improve the connection between the Kent/James Street Park & Ride and Kent Station, with the intent of increasing transit ridership, reducing regional vehicle trips, and improving safety and the pedestrian experience.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Kent

Sponsoring Agency: City of Kent

Facility: Kent Station

Amount Requested: $879,268

Year of Project Completion: 2021

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

9. Pedestrian Pathway Improvements to Federal Way Transit Center (Federal Way)

9. Pedestrian Pathway Improvements to Federal Way Transit Center (Federal Way)

Project Overview:

This project includes enhancing four pedestrian routes to improve pedestrian mobility to and from the Federal Way Transit Center and future light rail station. One connection in each cardinal direction will provide a sidewalk consistent with the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to improve walkability in the city center.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Federal Way

Sponsoring Agency: City of Federal Way

Facility: Federal Way Transit Center

Amount Requested: $2,392,800

Year of Project Completion: 2023

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

10. 21st Avenue S at S 320th Street Signalization and Pedestrian Improvements (Federal Way)

10. 21st Avenue S at S 320th Street Signalization and Pedestrian Improvements (Federal Way)

Project Overview:

This project will construct a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the unsignalized intersection at 21st Avenue S and S 320th Street. It would provide a signalized pedestrian crosswalk across a six-lane arterial midway between signalized intersections that are a quarter mile apart. The project would improve vehicular and pedestrian access to the Federal Way Transit Center and future light rail station.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Federal Way

Sponsoring Agency: City of Federal Way

Facility: Federal Way Transit Center

Amount Requested: $730,000

Year of Project Completion: 2021

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

High

Safety &
Human
Health:

High

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

11. Regional Growth Center Access Improvements (Auburn)

11. Regional Growth Center Access Improvements (Auburn)

Project Overview:

The project will create a new northbound/southbound pedestrian crosswalk and a northbound left turn lane at the intersection of Third Street NE and Auburn Avenue. At the Auburn Way N and Fourth Street NE intersection, the east/west approaches will be re-channelized to allow the removal of the split phase signal operations. The proposed project will improve accessibility and convenience for nonmotorized users, reduce congestion on other parallel facilities, and reduce congestion and travel times for all users of the Auburn Way N corridor.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Auburn

Sponsoring Agency: City of Auburn

Facility: Auburn Station

Amount Requested: $1,625,000

Year of Project Completion: 2022

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

High

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

High

 
Delivery
Plan:

Medium

12. A Street Loop (Auburn)

12. A Street Loop (Auburn)

Project Overview:

The project includes the design of a new roadway connection that creates a direct (one-way eastbound) link between A Street SW and A Street SE. A Street SW fronts the east side of Auburn Station. The new roadway will provide a direct connection to A Street SE for vehicles leaving both the existing and proposed parking garages and will be designed as a complete street that includes facilities for nonmotorized users.

ST Subarea: South King

City: Auburn

Sponsoring Agency: City of Auburn

Facility: Auburn Station

Amount Requested: $280,000

Year of Project Completion: 2022

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Not Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

Medium

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Low

 
Funding
Plan:

Medium

 
Delivery
Plan:

Low

13. Secure Bike Parking Expansion & Related Improvements (King County Metro)

13. Secure Bike Parking Expansion & Related Improvements (King County Metro)

Project Overview:

This project will improve mobility options for first/last mile connections at up to eight transit stations in King County for a wide range of transit riders. The project will expand the supply of secure electronic bike parking, short-term bike parking, and on-site wayfinding, and improve bike and pedestrian on-site circulation. It will also add bike and pedestrian counters to help evaluate modes of arrival at transit. The project will address insufficient supply of secure electronic bike parking, reduce on-site user conflicts, improve wayfinding, and help manage demand for car parking. Locations targeted for improvement include: Burien Transit Center; Renton Transit Center or Landing area; Evergreen Point Station; and five SR 522/NE 145th Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station areas: Brickyard Transit Center/NE 195th St, NE 145th St/SR 522, SR 522/SR 104, SR 522/Bothell Way, and Kenmore Transit Center.

ST Subarea: South King (also in North King and East King)

City: Burien

Sponsoring Agency: King County Metro

Facility: Burien Transit Center (TC)

Amount Requested: $400,000

Year of Project Completion: 2022

Preliminary Evaluation Rating:
Highly Recommended

Policy and technical factor evaluations:

 
Customer
Experience:

High

 
 
Equity:

Medium

 
 
Connectivity:

Medium

Safety &
Human
Health:

Medium

 
Funding
Plan:

High

 
Delivery
Plan:

High