The Puyallup City Council will hold its second joint meeting with Sound Transit board members and city officials to discuss access and improvement of the transit station in downtown Puyallup.
At the first meeting last week, a facilitator helped the group work through hopes, fears and suggestions regarding the issues surrounding parking and other access-related problems that have come up as the Sounder stations use has increased.
Last year, Sound Transit said it would begin planning long-term access improvements at the Sumner and Puyallup stations. Parking garages were included in the initial plans, but some officials were reluctant to build a multi-story garage. They feared, and still fear, the garage would cause additional traffic congestion.
Roughly 1,600 commuters catch the train at the two East Pierce County transit stations on an average weekday, and Sound Transit has forecast that demand will double in the next 20 years.
Also last year, the agency finished a nearly two-year study of eight stations to determine which improvements are needed in the next two decades. Puyallup and Sumner were included in the study, which was funded by the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure approved by voters in 2008.
Sound Transit 2 has made funds available for various access improvements. Michael Williams, Sound Transits development director, said at last weeks meeting there is about $55 million earmarked for improvements to the Puyallup station.
The meeting uncovered a group with divided expectations, with some council members supporting looking to the future and others fearing trading in tradition for mixed-use buildings and urban living.