Thurston County park-and-ride lot open after expansion

The expansion of the most-used park-and-ride lot in Thurston County is complete, and the Martin Way Park and Ride lot was opened at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The facility, located on Martin Way adjacent to Interstate 5 at exit 109 in Lacey, received a facelift with the number of parking stalls more than doubling to 318 spaces for bus, carpool and vanpool users. Improvements include a new transit island with bus shelters and information kiosk, sidewalks and pedestrian access, lighting, security cameras and environmentally sustainable landscaping. The total project cost was $2.795 million, which includes the value of the state DOT property ($906,000) used for expansion. The construction was funded through a state Regional Mobility Grant of $1.26 million and a local match of $630,000 from Intercity Transit.

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