Sound Transit dedicates DuPont Station

Project officials and citizens alike braved a pre-afternoon downpour Monday to attend Sound Transit’s dedication of its newest – and southern-most – transit center and park-and-ride facility in DuPont.

The deluge, however, couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those present to celebrate the opening of the new facility, which will provide covered waiting areas, six bays, public art and 125 parking stalls in the initial phase.

Sound Transit Boardmember and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg praised the transit center, saying it exemplifies Sound Transit’s broader mission of extending bus service throughout the Puget Sound region.

“Sound Transit’s regional mission goes beyond the urban areas of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bellevue,” he said. “When Sound Transit’s ST Express regional bus system begins serving this facility next week, it will help connect residents of south Pierce County and north Thurston County with jobs and destinations throughout the region.”

Ladenburg also had kind words for the public-private partnership between Sound Transit and Quadrant Corp., project developer.

“As a result, we were able to complete the project three years ahead of schedule and $2 million under budget,” Ladenburg pointed out.

Sound Transit purchased the property from the Quadrant Corp., which developed the property. Pierce Transit will operate the facility.

Steve Dennis, president and CEO of Quadrant Corp., agreed, noting that it’s not uncommon for public-private ventures to be talked about, but it is rare for such partnerships to become reality.

“We were just part of a much bigger team,” he said.

DuPont Councilmember Bonnie Potts said the transit center harkened back to the city’s early history as a transportation hub.

The City of DuPont – a mixed, urban village featuring office, retail and residential buildings located south of Tacoma – began as Ft. Nisqually, a Hudson’s Bay Co. trading post built in 1833. In 1869, the U.S. government bought the site and opened it up for settlement.

DuPont is once again becoming a transportation hub for businesses, community and families, Potts said.

“Pierce County is a great place and I’m proud to live in Pierce County,”
said Dave Enslow, Sound Transit Boardmember and a City of Sumner Councilmember.

On Monday, Feb. 3, ST Express Route 592 DuPont/Lakewood-Seattle Express will begin peak weekday service to the DuPont Station.

In 1996, voters approved funding for Sound Transit to provide a regional system of transit improvements.

Location: Interstate 5 at Wilmington Drive and Palisade Boulevard

Facility Type: Transit Center and Park-and-Ride

Sound Transit Budget: $6.7 million

Partners: Sound Transit, City of DuPont, Pierce Transit and Quadrant Corp.

Developer: Quadrant Corp.

Project Architect: Merritt + Pardini

Contractor: GLY Construction