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Kent/Des Moines Transit-Oriented Development

Community priorities for the Kent/Des Moines light rail station area

Tell us what kinds of services and spaces would benefit your growing community

What’s next for the Kent/Des Moines light rail station area?

Sound Transit is expanding Link light rail service from Angle Lake to Federal Way, including a new station in the Kent/Des Moines area that we plan to open in 2024.

We purchased land near the new station site to store equipment and mobile offices throughout construction. After the station opens, we’ll make these properties (approximately four acres, or about the size of three football fields) available for transit-oriented development.

TOD could include different types of housing, retail, restaurants, offices and community spaces to create a vibrant neighborhood that seamlessly connects to regional transit.

The comment period is now closed. 

This image shows a map of the transit oriented development site, light rail station, and future light rail alignment at the kent/des moines station.

What to expect

We’re providing several opportunities for folks in the area and along the light rail extension to share ideas and reactions to potential uses for the land. Community input informs our process to select a developer. Once Sound Transit selects that developer, we’ll share additional opportunities for the public to engage.

Community Conversation

Register to attend a virtual presentation and live Q&A session with the project team:

  • Date: November 3
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Registration link: click here
  • Spanish and American Sign Language Interpretation will be available.
Phase 1

May 2021 survey to understand community priorities

Phase 2

Fall 2021 online open house to gather community opinions on concepts that reflect priorities identified in Phase 1

Phase 3

Winter 2021 project update to report back to the community on how input was used from early phases

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Sound Transit is partnering with the City of Kent to create a vision for future development near the Kent/Des Moines station, focused on the opportunities created through easy access to transit. The station area is also part of the City of Kent’s plans for the Midway neighborhood. Together we’re working to identify opportunities to bring jobs and workforce training to the area, in addition to housing affordable to people with a range of incomes.

While we anticipate a mix of uses, affordable housing is a key focus of Sound Transit's transit-oriented development program.

Learn more about Sound Transit's transit-oriented development.


If you have a question or comment outside of the feedback phases, please contact:

Community Engagement Specialist Jaycee Bigham, 206-553-3686 or

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