Sound Transit Celebrates Federal Way Light Rail Connection

FEDERAL WAY, WA — South King County and Pierce County are one step closer to regional light rail service, with the girders now in place at the Angle Lake station physically connecting the existing 1 Line to the Federal Way extension.

Sound Transit highlighted the project’s milestone Wednesday, marking a major step in completing the 7.8-mile extension, which is scheduled to begin serving new stations in Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way in 2024. Crews lifted three massive, 124-foot girders into place overnight.

“Up and down I-5 and at our current southern terminus at Angle Lake, everyone can see that the dream is becoming real,” said Kent Keel, a University Place council member and chair of the Sound Transit board. “After we bring light rail to Federal Way, next up we’ll build fast, efficient light rail service all the way to the Tacoma Dome.”

The Federal Way extension is among several major completions slated for the next two years, including the opening of the 2 Line, extending service across Lake Washington to serve Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond, scheduled in 2023. In 2024, Link service will stretch further in nearly every direction, extending north into Snohomish County, further east into downtown Redmond and south to Federal Way.

Learn more about the Federal Way Link extension on Sound Transit’s website.

Source: Bellevue Patch