I went over to the Sound Transit open house at Thurgood Marshall elementary tonight to get a look at the latest design for the light rail station planned for I-90 between 23rd & Rainier. It’s all part of the new East Link route that will link downtown Seattle with Mercer Island, Bellevue, and the Microsoft campus.
Here’s some of the highlights:
- There will be entrances from both 23rd & Rainier, with the station situated closest to 23rd.
- Access from 23rd will be provided via 2 elevators, escalators, and stairs, with a ticket station up at the level of 23rd
- Access from Rainier will be via a long ramp that connects to the existing pathways that lead from the street up to the bus stations on I-90. This will allow connections from the #7 bus and the express buses that run along I-90
- There will be stops for the #48 bus on each side of 23rd in front of the entrance to the station
- Bike racks & lockers will be provided in front of the station on 23rd
- The light rail station will be open-air, but will have overhead protection from the rain
Sound Transit will be accepting public comment on their plans until February 25th. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013, with service to Bellevue opening in 2020. My recommended comment? “Build it faster!”
Detailed drawings of the station are in the attached PDF file.