Burien Transit Center Parking Expansion and Transit-Oriented Development Project
King County Department of Transportation in collaboration with Sound Transit
King County and Sound Transit partnered in the Burien Transit Center (BTC) Parking Expansion project, which is the second of three phases of the county’s effort to create a sustainable transit oriented community at the Burien Transit Center. The first phase was the new off-street transit center completed in 2009, and the third phase will be the future TOD mixed-use housing project to the south of the new parking garage.
The Parking Expansion project at the Burien Transit Center project was included in the voter-approved Sound Transit 2 regional transit plan to expand the parking capacity for the transit center and make more efficient use of county-owned land. A 462-stall, multi-story parking garage was constructed with a 43-stall surface lot on the northern half of the old park-and-ride. Parking for BTC users was increased by 164 spaces (approximately 47 percent), and includes capacity for 50 level-2 electric vehicle charging stations. Ten of those charging stations have already been installed.
Approximately 72% of the BTC Parking Expansion project was funded by Sound Transit. The remaining funding was provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The garage was completed and open to King County Metro and Sound Transit riders in 2011. To construct the project, King County entered into a lease/lease-back development agreement with a private developer, which financed the project with private equity and a construction loan from Wells Fargo Bank.
By placing the Burien Transit Center’s park-and-ride stalls in a multi-level garage, the remaining half of the lot is available for housing and commercial development. The location will provide future residents and employees easy access to many downtown Burien amenities and to regional transit connections via the adjacent transit center. The TOD project is envisioned to include a minimum of 80 units of multi-family rental housing that provide affordable rents to a minimum of 24 units qualifying at 80 percent of the area median income, at least 4,000 square feet of retail space, and sufficient off-street parking for the project.