Federal Way Link Extension

VMS conducted a Value Engineering (VE) study for the Federal Way Link Extension (FWLE) project to help refine the RFP documents to better meet Sound Transit needs and reduce project cost and schedule risk.

This project aims to build a 7.8-mile extension to the Sound Transit light rail system south from the existing Angle Lake Station to the planned Federal Way Transit Center Station that will be built as a part of the FWLE contract.

The extension will add three stations, one in Kent adjacent to Highline College, one in Kent at the existing Star Lake Park and Ride, and a final station in Federal Way adjacent to the existing Federal Way Transit Center. The FWLE will run four-car trains when service begins in 2024, with the possibility of expanding to six-car trains in 2030 depending on demand.

Study Objectives

  • Analyze the current RFP.
  • Propose changes to the RFP to better elicit proposals that meet Sound Transit’s needs and reduce cost and schedule risk.

Study Outcomes

  • The VE team identified 69 VE alternatives as potentially viable value enhancements to the subject project.
  • The alternatives were identified and developed by referring to the functions generated during the function analysis of the study.

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