TO: Puget Sound Editors & Reporters
FROM: Kimberly Reason, (206) 689-3343, or kimberly.reason@soundtransit.
DATE: July 6, 2011
SUBJECT: Sound Transit to celebrate Edmonds Station upgrades
Sound Transit will celebrate the completion of construction upgrades at its Edmonds Sounder station at a dedication ceremony this Friday at 10:30 a.m. Speaking at the event will be Sound Transit Board Chair and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, Sound Transit Boardmember and Mayor of Mukilteo Joe Marine, Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Rick Krochalis, and Washington State Senator Paull Shin.
Conceived to improve connections between train and bus service, the new $12.9 million transit hub replaces a temporary structure with a new east platform, new weather-protected passenger shelters, and a transit center consisting of three bus bays and two passenger shelters. Riders will also enjoy a repaved parking area, upgraded lighting, and secured storage for bicycles. An underground stormwater drainage system has also been installed to address frequent flooding at the site.
Public art by renowned Northwest artist Gerard Tsutakawa has been relocated to the north end of the station from its temporary placement at the SR 104 Mini-Park. Mr. Tsutakawa's 15-foot bronze sculpture, "Standing Wave," symbolizes the movement of the waters of Puget Sound and inspired the station's architectural elements. The artist's wave-like design, a common feature found in many structures in the City of Edmonds, is reflected in the new passenger shelters and four artist-created stainless steel and bronze panels that have been integrated into the platform railing near the station shelters.
Sound Transit, which dedicates a portion of construction costs to the incorporation of public art in its projects, collaborated with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Public Art Fund to initially commission Mr. Tsutakawa's iconic sculpture and relocate it to the upgraded station.
The upgraded facility will continue to offer four Sounder and three Amtrak Rail Plus roundtrips each day. Community Transit will start providing service to the new transit center later this summer.
More information on the Edmonds Sounder station can be found at http://projects.soundtransit.
WHEN: Friday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Edmonds Sounder Station
210 Railroad Avenue