PHOTOS: New Burien Transit Garage Opens Two Months Early
King County Metro and Sound Transit were joined by local officials and partners today (Aug 30) to officially dedicate the new Burien Transit Garage.
Construction on the $20.8 million garage started in October 2010 and wrapped up two months earlier than expected. The garage is phase 2 of a plan that includes the new transit center that opened in 2009 and a future mixed-use housing project to the south of the parking garage.
“Two years ago, the new transit center got us off to a great start by increasing our investment in transportation infrastructure in the Burien area,” said Congressman Jim McDermott. “Construction of both the transit center and this new garage put a lot of people to work, and these facilities will now make it easier for people to commute around from the Burien area in a way that is better for the environment.”
The garage and surrounding surface lot provide 504 parking spaces, an increase of 161 spaces over the old parking lot. There are 10 electric-vehicle charging stalls on the first floor, with capacity to expand that to 40 in the future. General parking is free, but there is a fee for use of the chargers. The garage is equipped with emergency alarm stations and security cameras in each corner of every floor. Bike racks are also provided for bicycle commuters.
The garage officially opened to the public last weekend and the first two floors were seeing use by Burien commuters today. The garage is expected to be well utilized as commuters look to bus service into downtown Seattle during traffic disruptions caused by Alaska Way Viaduct closers and construction in the SODO area.
“We are creating a sustainable transportation hub in downtown Burien faster than anyone imagined, and completion of this garage couldn’t be timelier with construction on the Highway 99 corridor ramping up,” said Executive Constantine. “With more service on Route 120 to downtown Seattle starting Oct. 1 as part of viaduct mitigation, and RapidRide from Burien to Renton coming in two years, local residents will have more travel options and more convenient choices – just when they need them most.”
BTB photographer Michael Brunk attended today’s ceremony and shot the following photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view them larger.