PHOTOS: Burien Transit Center Set For May 30th Opening

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The Burien Transit Center is taking shape, and is reportedly on target to begin operations on Saturday, May 30th.

The center, located on SW 148th, across from the Safeway complex where Rooty’s Sports Bar used to be, will be the main transit hub for the Burien area.

Here’s a direct quote from Elizabeth Morgan, Project Manager for King County:

The Burien Transit Center construction is going very well.

We are on target to open the new transit center with our June Transit Service Change process and coaches will start using the center on Saturday, May 30, 2009 with the first regular weekday of service out of the new center on Monday, June 1, 2009.

The transit center moves to the off street location off of SW 148th Street. There is one main platform that will serve the majority of service and a smaller platform that will serve ACCESS and some less frequent routes. Customers will now be able to transfer without crossing the street and will utilize our improved waiting environment.

Additionally many coaches will “layover” on site. This will increase schedule reliability and save money.

The new center has improved passenger amenities and security elements.

It also has some etched glass awnings and panels, which you can see in the photo below:

Anyone still remember when this place used to be home to Rooty‘s?

This town has come a long way since the only busing done on this land was for dirty dishes.

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3 Responses to “PHOTOS: Burien Transit Center Set For May 30th Opening”
  1. chi-girl says:

    Thanks for the article!

    Anyone have any information about bus routes/schedules that will link riders from the burien transit center to the tukwila light rail station?

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  2. Great! Thanks for the article…

    Now if we could just get a left turn light on 148th and 4th, life would be sweeter in Burien!

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  3. Wanker says:

    Just out of curiousity, what have they done to improve parking? The old transit center had inadequate amounts of parking, which was cut in half to build the new transit center. Have they added more parking back into the lot?

    I am happy for the improvement, but unfortunatley, I think they have just given the thugs a nicer place to sell drugs, and a better scenery for car prowls. Like a used car sales manager told me once "You can certify a piece of crap, but all you have is a certified piece of crap" That was his response to his dealerships certified used car program.

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