The 2016 Sound Transit budget has huge implications for the South Sound.

Earlier today, the Sound Transit Board approved a $1.2 billion 2016 budget that provides $802.9 million in expansions, with an emphasis on light rail.

“Our region’s commuters will see historic progress in 2016,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We will open light rail extensions to Capitol Hill, the UW and Angle Lake and successfully complete our tunneling between Northgate and UW. In Nov., the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure will allow the region to vote on further light rail extensions to places like Everett, Tacoma, downtown Redmond, Ballard and West Seattle.”

Of note for the South Sound:

  • Light rail will begin its journey south of SeaTac, with $23 million to complete an elevated station and guideway and a 1,050-stall parking garage, as well as construction for the South 200th Link project opening fall 2016
  • $22 million to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement work on the Federal Way Link Extension and begin preliminary engineering to Kent/Des Moines
  • $44 million to complete the final design and begin constructing the Tacoma Trestle
  • $11 million to complete final design and start construction of an expanded Sounder layover facility in Lakewood that will accommodate added south line service by 2017
  • $9 million to purchase new coaches for expanded Sounder service to Lakewood
  • $7 million for the Tacoma Link extension