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November 30, 2018

The Link Light Rail is Coming to Federal Way! Here’s What to Expect

Big things are happening in Federal Way and this latest update is expected to have a significant impact on the city, from home prices to traffic. In 2024, Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail will have a stop in Federal Way.

“The anticipation of the Sound Transit expansion to the Federal Way region has been positive from many of my clients already living in the area,” shares local Real Estate Agent Terri Reade.

Access to Downtown is only going to get better with the prospect of light rail coming to our area. With better access, home prices should increase,” says Real Estate Agent Jennifer Dovey. Terri Reade’s clients are anticipating similar changes: “Many feel that the expansion will put Federal Way on the list for commuter/buyers looking for a lower price per square foot as well as a bigger neighborhood feel than communities closer to Seattle.”

Currently, Sound Transit’s Link light rail runs from Angle Lake north to the University of Washington. This includes a stop at SeaTac Airport and several stops throughout Downtown Seattle. And although the light rail currently only runs north and south, there are plans for significant expansions that bring light rail stations all the way up to Everett, east to cities like Redmond and Bellevue, and eventually west to stops in Ballard and West Seattle.

But that’s all rolling out in the next several years (and decades). Right now, Federal Way residents are focused on what the Federal Way Link Extension project will look like. This particular segment of the expansion will extend the light rail from the Angle Lake Station (the light rail’s current southernmost stop) for 7.8 miles to the Federal Way Transit Center. This will include stops at Kent Des Moines Road and South 272nd Street.

“This influx of new buyers will develop a larger demand for community amenities and more support for our schools and businesses. This should also continue to grow the equity for clients looking to sell as well as reduce vehicle congestion in many main roads in Federal Way,” says Real Estate Agent Terri Reade.

She goes on to add that “Federal Way already offers great amenities that many buyers don’t know about; our great community center, our world-renowned Aquatic Center, our great parks and access to Puget Sound. The new Performing Arts Center (as well as our little family theatre) adds to the list of diverse activities. With the addition of the light rail it will make Federal Way a more desirable place to live and play.”

Additionally, Sound Transit predicts you’ll be able to get from the Federal Way Transit Center to Sea-Tac Airport in only 15 minutes via light rail.

For more details, visit SoundTransit.org.

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