If you’ve been anywhere near the Edmonds Waterfront recently, you know that major changes are taking place at Edmonds Station. Sound Transit is heading the effort to build the new Edmonds Station.The new Edmonds Station is scheduled to open in mid-2011. It has been a transfer hub between Community Transit bus, Sounder rail, Amtrak and Washington State Ferry service for years. The new station will continue that service—but improvements are planned, that are likely to bring some relief to the transit dysfunction caused when trains come through that section of track, particularly the longer freight trains.According to Community Transit, most of the bus service to the waterfront will shift east of the railroad tracks, eliminating potential delays and facilitating transfers to Sounder trains. Route 131 would continue its existing route on Railroad Avenue, serving the Edmonds Senior Center four times an hour on weekdays.The site plan released by Sound Transit shows 3 crosswalks for pedestrian traffic across Railroad Avenue.The current temporary station location will become the permanent Edmonds Station. The project includes a new east platform with larger passenger loading area and weather protected passenger shelter. The parking area is also being updated, and bike storage is added.Funding for the project is coming from the Federal Transit Administration and Sound Transit. Sound Transit is contributing about $13 million to the project. Sound Transit says the project will be be completed spring 2011 for the mid-year opening.PermaLink to article
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