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What they’re saying about Capitol Hill Station: Battlestar Galactica, not Bertha

CHS_BGCHS showed you our take on the first look inside Sound Transit’s $110 million Capitol Hill Station. Here’s what the rest of the world saw:

  • The Seattle Transit Blog — Inside Capitol Hill Station:
    Sound Transit brought a four-car train up to Capitol Hill for the tour, providing a glimpse of what service levels could look like in 2021. Spokesman Bruce Gray noted that while two-car trains will still be the norm for U-Link, three-car trains will be mixed in during peak, with flexibility for four-car trains for special events. In 2018, three-car trains will be the norm, and four-car trains will run full-time upon the opening of Northgate Link in 2021. The station itself is compact, deep, and tall. Relative to the DSTT, the mezzanines are graciously much smaller, and the center platform really narrows the feel of the station box. The overall feel is reminiscent of a cross between an industrial cathedral and the flight pod from Battlestar Galactica.
  • The Stranger — A Tour of the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station That’s Set to Open in Early 2016:
    Lest the Bertha boondoggle hog all the limelight, let’s not forget that Capitol Hill has its own tunnel project. The only difference is that everything about it is wonderful. Instead of tunneling to build a massive highway, the project is to build a subway line connecting the heart of Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington. It is under budget and ahead of schedule. It is definitely not sinking the Earth around it. It will be adorned with eye-popping artwork made by local artists.
  • The Stranger also posted pictures here of the Jet Kiss installation provided by Sound Transit.
  • CHS, by the way, posted pictures from 2010 of artist Mike Ross and crew at work on one of the jets:

    Mike Ross and crew in 2010 after after receiving the A4 fighter jet for the future installation in Capitol Hill Station (Image: Kat Nyberg Photography with permission to CHS)

    Mike Ross and crew in 2010 after after receiving the A4 fighter jet for the future installation in Capitol Hill Station (Image: Kat Nyberg Photography with permission to CHS)

  • KING TV chose to focus on a nearby business:
    Asif Alvi, who runs Perfect Copy and Print on Broadway, says the project put his business in “limbo.” He had to move to accommodate the new station back in 2009. He’s had a front row view from his new spot ever since. “I feel like I’m a survivor, the business survived, but at what level?”
  • Geekwire sees the $1.9 billion U-Link project as putting the “U-District one step closer to being ideal tech hub.”
  • The Seattle Times — Capitol Hill light-rail station nearly ready for trains to rumble, an 11-picture photo essay from photographer Mike Siegel. Meanwhile, the Times featured this essay by former state legislator Bill Finkbeiner: Light rail is our best option to meet population boom

  • The Seattle PI posted a photo gallery with 21 images by photojournalist Josh Trujillo.
  • And the Seattle Bike Blog asked an excellent question:

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

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