Mayor Murray turns on Capitol Hill Station pic.twitter.com/7NjkUaENIo
— Bryan Cohen (@bchasesc) March 19, 2016
“This is a statewide asset. It is a monument to confidence.”
Friday’s VIP University-Link ride was all about the public officials who helped make Saturday’s launch happen through years of planning, negotiations, budget deals, and lobbying. Stretching from the first ever U.S. Transportation Secretary appointed in 1967 to the current one, the roster of officials attending Friday’s event stretched across multiple State of Washington, City of Seattle and King County administrations.
After christening UW Station, the VIP crowd took the ride to Capitol Hill Station. With a yank of a rope, Mayor Ed Murray, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, and former Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl “turned on” the station along with a light show and music.
“For me, a 32-year resident of Capitol Hill, this is about light rail coming to Capitol Hill,” Murray said. “The densest residential neighborhood north of San Francisco and west of Chicago is about to have rapid transit.”
Capitol Hill Station Grand Opening
Saturday, March 19th — 9 AM to 5 PM
- Grand opening: a CHS user guide to Capitol Hill Station
- Capitol Hill Station by the numbers
- A light rail preview ride to Capitol Hill Station
- Demolition, construction, and twin tunnels: Capitol Hill Station in pictures
- Capitol Retrospective | Two months of carnage that brought light rail to Capitol Hill
- Light rail’s arrival has Broadway merchants feeling a mix of excitement and hesitation
Friday, officials toured the Broadway facility, where the first Capitol Hill Station busker played an ode to trains on the accordion.
Prior to the ride, the VIP crowd gathered in the entrance to Husky Stadium for a ceremony lead by Sound Transit CEO Rogoff.
Former CEO Earl, recovering from a serious brain surgery, got an ovation for her work on the project.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox said the Obama administration was incredibly supportive of the project.
“Keep going,” he said. “Don’t wait for growth to choke your traffic and your daily lives.”
“This is a statewide asset,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “It is a monument to confidence.”
When outgoing Rep. Jim McDermott moved to Seattle in 1966, I-5 was still getting constructed. He said he never thought he would live to see the day light rail opened from UW to the airport.
“This is proof that the people through their government can get the things done that they need,” he said.
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) March 19, 2016