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Contract for Kent Station garage and access project design and construction awarded

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October 26, 2023


The Sound Transit Board has awarded a design-build contract for the Kent Station parking garage to Absher Construction of Puyallup. When complete in 2027, the $62.5 million project will include a new structured parking facility, additional surface parking and other associated access improvements which will serve Sounder S Line, Sound Transit Express, and King County Metro passengers. The project will provide more than 400 new parking spaces at the station as well as pedestrian, bicycle, and wayfinding upgrades. 

The Sound Transit Board also approved a $9 million agreement with King County Metro for a new bus layover facility, zero emissions bus charging infrastructure and other support facilities for transit operations and bus operators. Delivery of this bus layover facility will make it possible for King County Metro to provide additional transit service in the city of Kent and South King County, increasing local transit connections to high-capacity transit and supporting increased mobility, access, and ridership between Sounder, Sound Transit Express, and Metro bus service.  

Businesses and residents in the vicinity of Kent Station can expect more information about project progress and impacts before construction begins next year. 

Sound Transit's Sounder S Line train service gives South King County residents a dependable, traffic-free commute to and from Seattle. The trip, with Wi-Fi, between Kent Station and Seattle's King Street Station takes about 30 minutes. Weekend service is also offered for select major sporting events.

Kent Station is also served by Sound Transit Express bus 566 and seven King County Metro routes. View our schedules page to find S Line and ST Express schedule information. 

Sound Transit is currently conducting a survey about the future of Sounder S Line service. The survey is available through October 29.

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