Groundbreaking Kicks Off Construction For Transit Center Parking Expansion

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Gray skies punctuated by occasional cloud bursts set the stage for today’s (Oct 23) groundbreaking of the Burien Transit Center Parking Expansion Project.

Following the opening of the new Transit Center last year, the project is the second of a three phase plan to create a sustainable transportation hub in the heart of Burien. It will create a 462-stall, multi-story parking garage with a 43-stall surface lot on the northern half of the old park-and-ride lot.

The new garage will increase parking by a minimum of 164 spaces. It will also have the capacity to support up to 50 level two electric vehicle charging stations with 10 charging stations initially installed. The level two chargers provide more amperage at higher voltage for faster charging.

The 20.5 million dollar project is recieving 14.7 million dollars from Sound Transit with the remainder coming from the Federal Transit Administration.

The new garage is scheduled to open in December 2011.

Phase three of the plan will eventually add multi-family housing and commercial development to the remaining half of the parking lot. This phase is currently not moving forward due to the downturn in the economy.

Photographer Michael Brunk attended today’s groundbreaking and put together the following slideshow with audio captured from the speakers at the event.

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