Highline Times: Ground broken on permanent Tukwila commuter train station

Puget Sound Business Journal: Work starts Monday on permanent Tukwila Sounder Station

Seattle Times:  A new $46m train stop being built at Tukwila

Tukwila Reporter: Work is under way to build new Sounder rail station in Tukwila

Most of these point out permanence, use the strong word “station”, and don’t showcase cost.

One of them is not like the others. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.

26 Replies to “Today’s Headlines On Tukwila”

  1. Also the subtle but telling distinction between being built *in* Tukwila vs. *at* Tukwila.

    1. No, I just wanted to point out the biased headline. It’s easy enough to find the articles!

  2. Question of the Day

    If the new Tukwila station will cost $46 million to build, how much did the remodel of King Street Station cost?

    Answer: $47.27 million

    1. Does that 47.27 Mil cost include the amount spent by Sound Transit to rebuild the platforms at KSS a few years prior, plus the amount spent by the DOT to make interim improvements before SDOT took the project over?

      1. Charles B: They’re platform lights on arms so they don’t get in the way of folks on the platform. The support structures look the same as the supports for the covered areas, so they may be strong enough to add roofing in the future.

    2. This is a functioning train station that people will use to disembark.

      King Street was a historic monument, yes, but also an excessive appendage and not a necessity at all. You could have just torn it down and put up a standard station with partial shelter and kiosks for tickets, same as us regular folk use.

      I will admit though…this drawing of the station does leave me laughing:


      1. Wow, that’s actually rather ugly. It looks like they put up a bunch of column supports for some large roofing structure and forgot to pay to have the roof built.

      2. I was thinking scaffolding for an archaeological dig on some newly discovered Neolithic “earth mound”.

  3. The Seattle Times is really struggling to find its identity in the internet era. This is shown by its new paywall and its shown by how it publishes stories just to create controversy. Its not about the times being anti transit, its about the times structuring a story to generate the most views and comments. The Seattle times blatantly “trolls” its readers on a daily basis.

  4. “Rails = permanence”, we are reminded yet again, next to a post on the Benson streetcar.

    (Note: I have no problems with the Tukwila station being improved upon, as such.)
    (Note: I do not give a rat’s tuchas about the Benson streetcar.)

    1. In a sense they do.

      People are fighting to get the Benson streetcar back.

      People fight to preserve bus lines, but once the bus lines stop running, nobody tries to bring them back. (OK, not nobody, but as close to nobody as makes no difference.)

      Rails are *psychologically* permenant.

  5. The only thing wrong with the Times headline is that it fails to mention that this is for commuter rail. Someone skimming the headlines might assume that a train trip to Portland will include a stop in Tukwila. Oh wait, I guess there is a stop in Tukwila if you take a trip to Portland; does this station serve both Amtrak and Sounder?

    Basically, there are several facts here, including: 1) A new stop or “station” (“stop” uses fewer letters) is being built. 2) Work starts Monday. 3) It costs $46 Million 4) It is being built in Tukwila. 5) It will serve commuters. 6) The previous stop was temporary, this one is permanent.

    The Seattle Times has plenty of misleading or negative headlines. For example, it put the emphasis on the “fear of a bubble collapse” when it comes to Ballard apartment construction (instead of the possibility that renters might get some relief). But his headline simply squeezes in another little tidbit of information. 46 Million is 46 Million. Either you think it is worth it or you don’t.

    1. Considering what is currently “Tukwila Station”, it is money well spent. Does this $46M include parts of the Strander extension, the new rail overpasses, etc? If so, then no wonder it’s so expensive.

      1. The station does not include the Strander project. I think the cost is high because of the big parking lot, which includes underground water quality treatment to save space (as opposed to a cheaper surface pond).

        Interestingly, I understand this station has about as many people getting off at it in the morning as it has getting on.

      2. I think the $46 million includes one of the rail overpasses but not all of them.

  6. I used the Tukwila sounder station for almost 2 years, and I still can’t understand why Amtrak stops there. Both Kent and/or Auburn would seem like more logical choices.

    However, 3 cheers for the new station – it’s about damn time. Tukwila riders – and there are a fair number of them – deserve better. I know that the readership of this blog (including myself) places great weight on building robust transit connections for all concerned populations, but even for the narrow(ish) segment of commuters that this station will immediately serve, well, bravo.

    I similarly applaud Tukwila’s very ambitious plans to expand access of pretty much every conceivable kind in the Southcenter and Longacres areas.

    (If politics and money were no object, I would consider this particular region ripe for a streetcar – Southcenter to downtown Renton to the Landing, along pretty much what will become Rapidride F. But that’s nothing more than a nice dream I had once.)

  7. In fairness to the Seattle Times (and I hate being fair to the Seattle Times) it often uses its headlines to question taxes and spending. That’s a significant part of its slant.

  8. Unless its the tunnel, then it’s made of angel’s laughter, and puppy smiles

      1. Seriously. And the Times, of course, never characterized that project like that.

  9. Don’t quote me on this, but part of ST2 funded portion of this project also adds a third main track between Tukwila and just South of the station. That line next to the station will eventually become the third main between Tukwila and Kent stations.

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