In addition to vigorous debate over potential changes to the city’s zoning laws around small commercial development in residential areas of Seattle, the most recent Capitol Hill Community Council meeting also revealed an important naming decision moving forward with Sound Transit’s U-Link project that will bring light rail to Capitol Hill by 2016. As we see, it you have two choices — and it’s a pretty big deal as far as the long-term “brand” of the light rail line and the neighborhood go.
Should it be Capitol Hill Station — or Broadway Station?
Here’s what a Sound Transit community rep who couldn’t make the meeting provided in email form to the council outlining the station naming proposals currently being considered by the agency:
All the tunneling for the projects is complete! ST will now focus on construction of cross-tunnel passages between the two tunnels for ventilation and emergency/safety exits. At some point this coming summer, the ST board will adopt formal station names for the University Link and North Link projects. The proposed station names are: Capitol Hill Station, University of Washington Station (Husky Stadium), U-District Station (Brooklyn), Roosevelt Station and Northgate Station. If the community has any comments about the proposed station names, please contact Wilbert Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the main tunnel boring work completed on the three-mile line connecting downtown to Montlake via Capitol HIll, effort on the project will turn to focus more on the construction of the stations at Husky Stadium and on Broadway between John and Denny. The work to shape the transit oriented development that will accompany the construction of the station will also ramp up. Last summer, the City Council was banging out an agreement with Sound Transit to provide a framework of specific community guidelines for the process to open up development around the station. With those contracts coming up for bids, expect the public process to kick back into gear.
While the potential names for the station might seem rather dull and generic, there are some important long-term implications for the area from a “brand” perspective. In Capitol Hill Station, Sound Transit delivers a resource that embodies the neighborhood as a whole and is instantly recognizable as a general location throughout the city and region. Broadway Station would be a more focused decision and, in that focus, has the potential to help continue to lift up an important Seattle thoroughfare and the idea of Broadway as an independent entity in the city. Or, yeah, maybe it’s just about picking the most clear and easy to understand name for the project. Your call.
By the year 2030, Sound Transit project that the
Capitol Hill Station Broadway Station station on Broadway on Capitol Hill will serve some 14,000 daily riders.