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Antique Mall Parking Spaces Could be Used for Sound Transit Commuters

"Sounder is an outstanding commuting option, and additional parking will help more people take advantage of the service," says Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.

A measure of relief may soon be in store for Edmonds commuters.

The City of Edmonds and Sound Transit have announced a proposed agreement has been negotiated to increase parking at the Edmonds Sounder Commuter Rail Station (Edmonds Station). The proposal will go before the Sound Transit Board on Nov. 15.

The proposed agreement responds to a shortage of parking at Edmonds Station by establishing a five-year lease agreement with Salish Crossing, LLC, to construct a 103-space surface lot in the parking lot at 190 Sunset Ave S., the site of the Edmonds Antique Mall.

Salish Crossing, which purchased the Edmonds Antique Mall property in September, will own and maintain the facility.

“Commuters will be happy to learn that Sound Transit has worked to find a solution for expanding access to Sounder commuter rail,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, who serves on the Sound Transit Board and will encourage other members of the board to support the proposal.

"Sounder is an outstanding commuting option, and additional parking will help more people take advantage of the service. This action demonstrates to the community that we have been working hard to expand ridership for this valuable service.”

The additional parking will supplement 156 spaces currently provided at Edmonds Station. The target date for opening the lot is May 1, 2013.

In order to address near-term parking demand, Sound Transit is working with Salish Crossing to provide access to some of the 103 stalls earlier than May 1.

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