Station Focus | University of Washington (Sound Transit, King County Metro) [CC]
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Station Focus | University of Washington (Sound Transit, King County Metro) [CC]

October 12, 2019

Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today, as the second station focus video on
the Seattle Link Light Rail system, we’ll be taking a look at University of Washington
station, the northern terminus of the line that serves the university of the same name. The size of the station is similar to other
interchange stations and the downtown stations on the line, having a bigger structure than
an at grade station like Rainier Beach that we visited last time, and being the terminus
of the line at an important transit center means that it is also well connected in terms
of surface routes. Let’s hop on a link train, go through the
Capital Hill tunnel, and take a closer look! [Music] Arriving at the station on one side of its
island platform, we see a wide-open space that surely gets a lot busier with Huskies’
games going on at nearby sports arenas and stadiums. The platform is more dimly lit than I’d like,
but overall it is clean and has the standard amenities such as benches, bins, emergency
buttons, as well as next train signs showing the arrival times for a couple of upcoming
trains. As this is the current terminus of the line,
you can see the end of the tracks just beyond the platform, but the line is currently being
extended northward towards Northgate and is slated to be completed by 2021, at which time
the station will become a through station that’ll probably still experience similar
levels of ridership with the university district and Husky Stadium in the vicinity. [music] To head up to the surface, we’ll take one
of the sets of escalators at either end of the platform, and arrive at the first of two
levels of the mezzanine chamber at this station. Here is where we can start to get a glimpse
of the station art here at the University of Washington station. This art piece made of 6000 backlit LED panels
around the chamber is named Subterraneum, and artist Leo Saul Berk was inspired by geological
symbols and representations of the surrounding strata, while also adding his own flair into
it. This is one of my personal favourite art pieces
in the whole Sound Transit system, it really adds a lot to the atmosphere and mood of the
station. The calming colours will surely be able to help with the stress of school. This mezzanine level is also where you’ll
be able to find ticket vending machines, next bus digital signs, as well as these cute little
ORCA card readers, as the station doesn’t use fare gates and rely on a proof of payment
system instead. The mezzanine is long, spanning the entire
length of the 120-metre long platform, which is perfect for busy game days. After another flight of stairs/escalators
up, and we finally can breathe in some fresh air as we arrive at the ground level and immerse
into the UDub atmosphere. The above ground section of the station consists
of a covered station building, and a second level connecting to a walkway that’ll take
you across the busy street nearby the station. This building also contains some necessities
such as ticket vending machines, maps, and signs, and its primary purpose is to serve
the elevator that will take you down into the station and onto the platform. The most significant landmark by the station
is definitely Husky Stadium. This is where the university’s football team plays, and
you can find a statue of a husky, the school and team’s mascot animal, standing proudly
in front of this entrance. [music] Out here near the sidewalk of northeast Montlake
Boulevard, you can find a bunch of parked Lime electric bikes perfect for that last
mile connection, and if you’d rather take a bus, you just need to take the pedestrian
bridge to the other side of the Montlake Triangle, while also enjoying some very nice views of
the campus. [music] University of Washington station is currently
the busiest station in the system, and the size and grandiose of the station certainly
compliment that fact well. We hope you enjoyed this tour of the station. Like, subscribe, and comment down below to
tell us your favourite part of this station, and what stations you want us to visit in
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the next one! [music]


  • Reply Adam Murphy October 7, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I'm surprised there isn't more of a bus interchange seeing as this is such a busy station. Having to use a bridge over a busy main road seems a tad inconvenient.

  • Reply Neel Marathe October 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    So are this and Ranier Beach good depictions of station size on line 5 Eglinton, or will the stations be bigger on line 5?

  • Reply guinessbeer October 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Wow what a nice station !

  • Reply [GD] Domolas October 9, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Can you please do a video on the transit system of London, ON, and its upcoming BRT system, called Shift?

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