Sound Transit U District Station

client: sound transit

size: 2.2 acres

location: seattle, washington

duration: 2010–current

construction cost: $73,737,180

U District Station is an important addition to Seattle’s Link Light Rail System—the first significant regional transit infrastructure investment since the late 1960s and early 1970s in the University District. Located on a city-designated Green Street, the design is civic, with the inclusion of amenities and dimensions that reflect the district’s rich street life and put pedestrians first.

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The U District Station is part of an extension of the Link Light Rail System that will significantly increase ridership and connect with communities to the north. Each design effort brings the opportunity to integrate the station into existing community fabric and express the community character. In the case of the U District Station, the abundance of diverse pedestrian life and tradition of buskers, gathering, and conversation is central to the design.

Swift Company has focused on the street – the largest area of open space that greets the station entries in the dense urban fabric of the University District neighborhood.Seat walls, benches, wide planters, and unique bicycle racks in the extended sidewalk zone provide accessible amenities to patrons and the public, supporting the traditions of street life in a university community. Once completed, an estimated 12,300 daily patrons will experience a pedestrian streetscape that provides ample room to flow and the opportunity to linger. Transit oriented development will follow, surrounding the station with the implementation of the generous green street master plan established by this project and supported by the City.

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