Westlake station (Sound Transit)

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Westlake
Link light rail and bus station
WestlakeStationPlatform.jpg
The Westlake station mezzanine, seen from the platform level
Location Pine Street & 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′41″N 122°20′14″W / 47°36′41″N 122°20′14″W / 47.61139; -122.33722
Owned by King County Metro
Line(s) Sound Transit Express, King County Metro
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Seattle Center Monorail, South Lake Union Streetcar, King County Metro, Sound Transit Express, Community Transit
Construction
Structure type Tunnel
Parking Pay parking nearby
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
Rebuilt 2005–2007
Traffic
Passengers 10,096 daily boardings (Q1 2017; Link only) [1]
Services
Preceding station  
Link
  Following station
toward  Angle Lake
Central Link
Preceding station  
ST Express
  Following station
toward  Bellevue TC
Route 550
Terminus

Westlake is a light rail and bus station located that is part of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. The station serves Pine Street between 3rd and 6th avenues in Downtown Seattle, near Westlake Center and Westlake Park. It is served by the Central Link, part of Sound Transit's Link light rail system, as well as buses from King County Metro and Sound Transit Express. The station is also connected above ground by buses, the South Lake Union Streetcar, and the Seattle Center Monorail.

Westlake station consists of two underground side platforms, connected to the surface by entrances and a mezzanine level served by nearby department stores. It is situated between University Street station to the south, and Convention Place station to the north; Convention Place is only served by buses, however, and Capitol Hill station is the next northbound light rail station. The transit tunnel was built in the 1980s and opened for bus-only service on September 15, 1990. The tunnel was closed from 2005 to 2007 for a large renovation to prepare for light rail service, which began on July 18, 2009. Link light rail trains terminated at Westlake until the opening of the University Link Extension in 2016. Trains and buses serve the station 20 hours a day on most days; the headway between light rail trains is 6 minutes during peak periods, with less frequent service at other times.

Location

Westlake station is located on Pine Street between 3rd and 6th avenues in Downtown Seattle's retail and office district. [2] The station is at the north end of Downtown Seattle, near the Denny Triangle area, and is within walking distance of the Pike Place Market Historic District. According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, the area within 12 mile (0.8 km) of the station has an estimated population of 15,171 people (in 12,995 total housing units, mostly in multifamily buildings) and approximately 91,055 jobs. [3]

Westlake station is adjacent to the Westlake Center shopping mall, Westlake Park, Pacific Place, the Nordstrom flagship store, and the regional flagship of Macy's (formerly The Bon Marché). [2] Pike Place Market is located to the west of the station, [4] while the Washington State Convention Center is four blocks to the east. [5] Amazon.com is headquartered several blocks north of the station in the Denny Triangle area. [6]

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