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Celebrate three new light rail stops and 4.3 new miles of connection to Capitol Hill Station

(Image: Sound Transit)

Starting very early Saturday morning, Capitol Hill light rail riders will have another 4.3 miles of track to explore. October 2nd brings the opening of three new light rail stations stretching beyond the University of Washington on the new Northgate Link.

Sound Transit says the first trains will begin service on the $1.9 billion line early Saturday. Bring your mask.

The North Link openings come as Capitol Hill Station marked five years of service earlier this year, a milestone partly obscured by a plunge in ridership due to the ongoing pandemic. Like on Capitol Hill where construction of the station also brought carnage and rapid transformation for the immediate area’s businesses and neighbors, hopes of redevelopment and growth are also following the light rail line north. Capitol Hill Station’s development mix of affordable and market rate housing has been opening to new residents over the past year and its commercial tenants are still planning their openings after pandemic delays.

After nine years of construction on the new line, hopes of economic growth and an improved streetscape will be celebrated at the closest new stop to Capitol Hill. The U District Station celebration Saturday will include a “$3 food walk,” festival streets, and a beer garden.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11:00 AM in front of the new station with remarks from elected officials and local leaders including Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The new Northgate Link stations:

  • U District Station: located on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between Northeast 45th and Northeast 43rd streets, serves University Way Northeast (“The Ave”) retail and businesses, nearby residents and the west side of the University of Washington campus. Two entrances along Brooklyn Avenue Northeast connect passengers to the platform, about 80 feet below ground. The University of Washington will be developing the station area.
  • Roosevelt Station: Near Green Lake, Roosevelt High School, and growing residential development, this underground station is located on 12th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 65th and Northeast 67th streets. In partnership with Bellwether Housing and Mercy Housing Northwest, a daycare center and approximately 245 units of affordable family housing will be built on station property.
  • Northgate Station: Northbound trains emerge from the Maple Leaf tunnel portal and rise to the elevated Northgate Station spanning Northeast 103rd Street. Station entrances are located on mall property near the Northgate Transit Center. Extending north of the station the turn-back tracks mark the start of the Lynnwood Link Extension, opening in 2024.

The opening of the new stations will be followed in 2023 by Judkins Park Station — and its Hendrix inspired design —  as part of the 10-stop East Link. The Central District station, tucked into I-90 between Rainier Ave and 23rd Ave, will be the first stop on the line that will connect Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle across the I-90 bridge.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Sound Transit’s “realignment plan” adjusted schedules for new Seattle light rail for West Seattle to 2032 and Ballard to 2039.

(Image: Sound Transit)

 

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Zanzibar
Zanzibar
27 days ago

Amazing stuff, I’m hoping to never need a car again. Feels like we’re almost on par with New York’s subway in 1904 now https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_history_of_the_IRT_subway

transitfan
transitfan
27 days ago

there’s also gonna be some sort of street fair at Roosevelt station!

Michael Calkins
26 days ago
Reply to  transitfan

And I think in the Udistrict!

Bard
Bard
26 days ago

What will parking be like?

dave
dave
26 days ago

Can’t wait to ride it!

Michael Calkins
26 days ago

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Noope
Noope
26 days ago

U district is a mess and it’s not clear to me that $1b of rail is an answer. Where are uw students going ? Why would anyone go downtown at this point ? I imagine it will be a few trips to SeaTac and a mountain of debt.

yetanotherhiller
yetanotherhiller
26 days ago
Reply to  Noope

Another question is, how much will bus service to these neighborhoods be cut to bump up light rail ridership numbers?

Fairly Obvious
Fairly Obvious
26 days ago
Reply to  Noope

U district is a mess and it’s not clear to me that $1b of rail is an answer.

Answer to what? The Husky’s abysmal season so far? No, light rail won’t fix that.

Why would anyone go downtown at this point ?

Work, food, entertainment, sports, etc. You clearly haven’t been downtown recently, or likely ever.

PeeDee
PeeDee
24 days ago
Reply to  Noope

Lol.

There’s always some out of touch Boomer making a comment like this. This kind of “Seattle is Dying” conservative propaganda that cuts against, you know, the reality of what is **actually happening** in this city.

Which, to be clear, is not the kind of dystopia described by the likes of card-carrying morons like Knute Berger — the quintessential out-of-touch Boomer whose take on this city is so off base he apparently is observing events from Mars.

No, ST3 has been a resounding success. The Seattle light rail stations are some of the best I’ve seen in the US. The majority of residents support ST4 coming up in 2024. The Northgate line today was packed when I took it and everyone was so happy to have a Link option to get to the U District.

In short, we’ve made a lot of progress as a city **despite** out of touch Boomers and car fetishists doing their best to hold us back.

Oh, and we should all pat ourselves on the back that we’ve successfully sidelined those like Noope above so that their views re: transit expansion have been sequestered in a corner and aren’t taken seriously. Let’s try and keep Uncle Noope and Knute Berger isolated in a corner where they can impotently whine about things as the city changes for the better.

CHOP Supporter
CHOP Supporter
23 days ago
Reply to  Noope

This annoying kind of cynicism is why we have to have awful car culture forever. Stop thinking this way.

Colin
Colin
25 days ago

I live on Capitol Hill and just spent the day having brunch in Northgate with friends and then shopping downtown before heading back up to to Capitol Hill for happy hour. What a great day!