The elevated Northgate Station will be located east of 1st Ave NE, spanning NE 103rd Street. Station entrances will be on the Northgate Mall property north of NE 103rd Street and near the Northgate Transit Center south of NE 103rd Street.
This station will provide access to Northgate Mall, bus transfers at the transit center, adjacent park-and-ride facilities, North Seattle Community College and nearby homes and businesses.
Mode: Link light rail
Opens for service: 2021
Ride time: Northgate to downtown Seattle in 14 minutes
Rider projection: Northgate Link Extension is projected to add over 60,000 daily riders to the Link System by 2030
Funding: Federal grants, motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) and local sales tax
Key station features
- Elevated station approximately 25-45 feet above ground
- Two station entrances: elevators, escalators and stairs at each entrance
- Tail and pocket tracks north of the station
- Covered bicycle storage
- Public art
- To the south of the station, a short section of elevated tracks will run between the station and where the underground tracks come out of the tunnel at NE 94th Street.
- Designed to accommodate future connection from City of Seattle's planned pedestrian/bike bridge over I-5.
Construction of the Northgate Link Extension began in fall 2012.
Changes at the interim North Seattle Park & Ride
In January 2016, 15 parking stalls in the interim North Seattle Park and Ride at the northwest corner of NE 103rd St and 5th Ave NE were reassigned to Northgate mall. Stalls are marked accordingly. This shift marks the first of several upcoming changes to park and ride facilities in the area. In order to accommodate construction of the Northgate station some existing P&R stalls will be relocated to nearby sites. Look for updated information posted near transit center parking.
Utility relocation work began in early 2013 near the Maple Leaf Portal site. Power and communication lines will be relocated around the future Northgate Station through 2016.
Construction of the Northgate Station and elevated tracks is scheduled to begin in fall 2016 and will continue into 2019.
Systems installation & testing: The project's last phase, installation and testing of electrical and communications systems and light rail vehicles will occur from late 2018 to 2021.
A panel of art and design professionals and community representatives chose the artists creating permanent art at Northgate Station.
Artist Mary Ann Peters is creating a painting in glass for the clerestory on the passenger platform inspired by the nature and sounds of the Northgate area. In her words, Peters "uses multiple layers of information to build an image, leaving a track record of ideas and shifting visuals for the viewer to follow."
Cris Bruch's 23-foot-high sculpture on the plaza near the station's south entry will incorporate his formal aesthetic into cloud-like forms suspended from arching branches, creating a landmark meeting place for train riders and neighbors from the nearby urban village being planned.