South Federal Way

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About South Federal Way

Click on the pink tabs above to view more details about the initial routes and stations under consideration. Public feedback will be shared with the project Elected Leadership Group, who will make recommendations to the Sound Transit Board for options that will continue through the alternatives development process.

  • Sound Transit looked at five alignment families and 13 individual station alternatives in this station area based on spring 2018 public input.
  • This station will have approximately 500 parking spaces.
  • Each route extends light rail from Federal Way Transit Center to the 348th/South Federal Way area. Federal Way Link Extension opens in 2024

The project team’s initial analysis shows which stations and alignments have more potential or more challenges in the table below. Stations and alignments are being compared to each other in this station area, not to all stations and alignments along the corridor.

Alternatives Reasons
Alternatives with more potential 

SF 1

SF 2

SF 3

  • Greater opportunities for housing and business development near station
  • Offers greater station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

SF 4 [4 alternative routes]

  • Most opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 8

SF 9

  • Least potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Least impact to retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Shortest alignment distance and fastest travel time
Alternatives with greater challenges 

SF 5

  • Highest potential impacts to nearby properties, businesses and retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Longest alignment and longest travel time
  • Lower potential for housing and business development and higher environmental impacts than other station alternative on SR 99

SF 6

  • Higher potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 7

  • Potential for impacts to nearby retail businesses

SF 10

  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station
  • Limited station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

SF 11

  • Requires additional structures to cross into station in the median, including a pedestrian bridge over I-5
  • Limited space in the median could require widening I-5
  • More highway congestion likely during construction

SF 12

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 13

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

About South Federal Way

Click on the pink tabs above to view more details about the initial routes and stations under consideration. Public feedback will be shared with the project Elected Leadership Group, who will make recommendations to the Sound Transit Board for options that will continue through the alternatives development process.

  • Sound Transit looked at five alignment families and 13 individual station alternatives in this station area based on spring 2018 public input.
  • This station will have approximately 500 parking spaces.
  • Each route extends light rail from Federal Way Transit Center to the 348th/South Federal Way area. Federal Way Link Extension opens in 2024

The project team’s initial analysis shows which stations and alignments have more potential or more challenges in the table below. Stations and alignments are being compared to each other in this station area, not to all stations and alignments along the corridor.

Alternatives Reasons
Alternatives with more potential 

SF 1

SF 2

SF 3

  • Greater opportunities for housing and business development near station
  • Offers greater station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

SF 4 [4 alternative routes]

  • Most opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 8

SF 9

  • Least potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Least impact to retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Shortest alignment distance and fastest travel time
Alternatives with greater challenges 

SF 5

  • Highest potential impacts to nearby properties, businesses and retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Longest alignment and longest travel time
  • Lower potential for housing and business development and higher environmental impacts than other station alternative on SR 99

SF 6

  • Higher potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 7

  • Potential for impacts to nearby retail businesses

SF 10

  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station
  • Limited station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

SF 11

  • Requires additional structures to cross into station in the median, including a pedestrian bridge over I-5
  • Limited space in the median could require widening I-5
  • More highway congestion likely during construction

SF 12

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 13

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

I-5 West/Representative

The technical team’s analysis shows:

SF 6

  • Higher potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 7

  • Potential for impacts to nearby retail businesses

SF 8

  • Least potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Least impact to retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Shortest alignment distance and fastest travel time

SF 9

  • Least potential impacts to nearby properties and businesses
  • Least impact to retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Shortest alignment distance and fastest travel time

SF 10

  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station
  • Limited station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

Enchanted Parkway

The technical team’s analysis shows:

SF 1
SF 2
SF 3

  • Greater opportunities for housing and business development near station
  • Offers greater station access for people walking, biking, taking transit, or driving

I-5 East South Federal Way

The technical team’s analysis shows:

SF 12

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5.
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station.

SF 13

  • Requires construction of additional structures to cross I-5
  • Fewer opportunities for housing and business development near the station

I-5 Median

The technical team’s analysis shows:

SF 11

  • Requires additional structures to cross into station in the median, including a pedestrian bridge over I-5
  • Limited space in the median could require widening I-5
  • More highway congestion likely during construction

SR99

The technical team’s analysis shows:

SF 4 [4 alternative routes]

  • Most opportunities for housing and business development near the station

SF 5 [2 alternative routes]

  • Highest potential impacts to nearby properties, businesses and retail sales tax-generating properties
  • Longest alignment and longest travel time
  • Lower potential for housing and business development and higher environmental impacts than other station alternative on SR 99

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