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U District Station

Rendering of the future U District Link light rail station.

The U District station is located on Brooklyn Ave Northeast between Northeast 45th and Northeast 43rd streets. It will serve the surrounding residential community, the "Ave" business and employment sites and the north campus of the University of Washington.

The station will have two entrances along Brooklyn Ave Northeast with elevators, escalators and stairs to access the underground platform. The station will have about 100 bike parking spaces. The site is designed to accommodate future development above the station.  When the station opens, riders will be able to travel to Sea-Tac airport in 41 minutes and to Northgate in 5 minutes.


Mode: Link light rail

Opens for service: 2021

Ride times (average):

  • U District to Westlake: 8 minutes
  • U District to Sea-Tac Airport: 41 minutes
  • U District to Northgate Station: 5 minutes

Project project phase: Construction

Station: Underground

Funding partners: Federal grants, and local sales and motor vehicle excise taxes (MVET)

Design of the station was completed in 2016 and construction of the station is ongoing. 

View the presentation from our last design open house.

Key features:

  • Station platform will be about 80 feet below ground
  • Two station entrances: one adjacent to the Neptune Theatre on Brooklyn Ave NE and the other at NE 43rd Street and Brooklyn Ave NE
  • Elevators, escalators and stairs at each entrance
  • Ticket vending machines
  • Covered bicycle storage (approximately 100 spaces)
  • Public art

Construction overview

Demolition and initial activities: early 2013 (complete)

  • Removed hazardous materials from buildings prior to demolition.
  • Demolished and removed existing buildings at the future station site.
  • Salvaged and recycled demolition materials. Sound Transit's sustainability goals include salvaging, reusing and recycling a minimum of 75 percent of demolition materials.

Utility relocation: early 2013 - mid 2014 (complete)

  • Sound Transit, Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and communications companies relocated overhead power lines, phone lines and internet lines.
  • Relocated underground gas, water, stormwater and power lines.

Station excavation: mid 2014 - early 2015 (complete)

  • Built a construction wall around the site to reduce dust and noise.
  • Installed soil retention walls to support excavation activities.
  • Opened a new pedestrian pathway adjacent to Varsity Arms condos.
  • Excavated the underground light rail station to a depth of 95 feet.
  • Poured a concrete surface to support the tunnel boring machines and support equipment.

Tunnel construction: 2015-2017 (complete)

  • Bored two tunnels from the University of Washington Station to the Maple Leaf Portal. Dug cross-passages for safety. Cross passages are small, person-sized tunnels that connect the north and southbound train tunnels.

Station construction: in progress

  • Build the station, including floors, stairs, mezzanines, elevators and the above-ground entrances.
  • Restore landscaping, streets and sidewalks.
  • Install art.

Systems installation and testing: late 2018 - late 2020

  • Install rails and communications, electrical, emergency and other systems in the tunnels and stations.
  • Test systems and test-run light rail trains.

Temporary art during construction

Sound Transit plans to keep neighborhoods active and interesting during construction. That includes launching a temporary art program for the construction sites in the U-District, Roosevelt and Maple Leaf/Northgate neighborhoods.

D.K. Pan is lead artist for the U District Temporary Art Project.

Installed in May 2015:

  • U District B Side by Emily Gussin
  • Life Cycle by Baldman Watching