Sound Transit is planning to rename downtown Seattle's University Street Station, and we are asking for public input beginning September 9. With three new stations coming to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate in 2021, renaming University Street Station will reduce confusion and provide a better customer experience. We have developed six naming options that conform with our station naming policy (see below), and the Sound Transit Board will consider public input before making a decision in early 2020.

Timeline for University Street Station project
Develop Station name options: April-August 2019; Public comment: September 2019; Board decision: December 2019-Early 2020; Name change with Northgate Link 2021.

Station naming criteria

  • Reflect the nature of the environment
  • Be brief, easy to read and remember
  • Avoid commercial references
  • Avoid similar names/words used in existing facilities
  • Limited to 30 characters (including spaces)
  • Comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Current station name options

Location based names:

  • Seneca Street
  • Midtown

Culturally based names:

  • Arts District
  • Symphony
  • Downtown Arts District

Landmark based names:

  • Benaroya Hall

How to vote

There are a number of in-person voting opportunities available at University Street Station:

  • September 12th 3 – 6 pm
  • September 17th 10 am – 2 pm
  • September 26th 6 – 10 am
  • September 28th 2 – 6 pm

You can also vote online.

Your feedback will help inform the Sound Transit board when they make a final name decision later this year or early next year.