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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Marysville

Marysville park-ride lot getting big expansion

Times Snohomish County bureau

MARYSVILLE — Right now, any similarity between the Ash Avenue Park & Ride in Marysville and the Ash Way lot near Lynnwood ends with the name.

The Ash Way Park & Ride, which opened in 1999, has 1,019 spaces and is the state's largest. It boasts lighted passenger shelters, bike lockers and walkways.

The Marysville lot has about 50 marked parking spaces just off the city's main road from Interstate 5 and a muddy path to reach bus stops.

But that is about to change.

The Ash Avenue Park & Ride is undergoing a $1.2 million expansion that will add 150 spaces and such amenities as sheltered places to wait for buses. There will be landscaping and architectural lighting, said Jeff Massie, assistant city engineer.

"This'll be something older-looking, rather than something modern," Massie said.

Work began early last month on the project, with detour signs set up north of Fourth Street along Ash Avenue, which parallels I-5.

The project is starting with a sewer-main and pump-station installation, said Eric Golub, project manager for the state Department of Transportation, which is managing the work for the city.

When the project is completed in July, the lot will have 200 spaces, a pedestrian waiting area, a bus shelter and sidewalks. The lot will be extended north to Ninth Street.

Project funding includes a $352,000 state grant, a $500,000 federal grant and $200,000 from Community Transit, with the balance provided by the city.

Though the expansion will be a major improvement for the Marysville stop, which is commonly filled daily, the lot still will be among the smallest in the Community Transit system, which has more than 5,000 parking stalls in 19 park-and-ride lots.

The transit agency also is seeking another name for the Ash Avenue lot to avoid confusion with the Ash Way Park & Ride.

Peyton Whitely: 206-464-2259 or pwhitely@seattletimes.com.

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