Link stops at the University Street Station. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Link stops at the University Street Station. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Sound Transit seeks input on name change for University Street Station

Vote online or certain dates at station mezzanine

Sound Transit wants input from residents about six proposed new names for the agency’s light rail stop at the University Street Link Station in downtown Seattle.

The renaming aims to stem passenger confusion with the light rail system’s two stops that serve the state’s flagship university, the currently operating University of Washington Station and the U District Station, opening in 2021, according to a Sound Transit news release.

Residents can provide input online or in-person on six options tied to the station’s location and nearby cultural amenities and landmarks. The proposed names are:

1. Seneca Street

2. Midtown

3. Downtown Arts District

4. Arts District

5. Symphony

6. Benaroya Hall

Sound Transit’s station naming policy requires that they “avoid similar names or words in existing facility names.”

However, University Street predates Sound Transit, having opened in 1990 to serve buses as part of the former Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Sound Transit began light rail service in four tunnel stations in 2009 and expanded the tunnel to serve Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in 2016.

Sound Transit will assume control of the four downtown stations from King County Metro in January 2020. The new station name will be in place when light rail expands to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate in 2021.

In-person input can be provided on the mezzanine of the University Street Station on the following dates and times:

• Sept. 12, 3 to 6 p.m.

• Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sept. 26, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Sept. 28, 2 to 6 p.m.

Online participation is also available at soundtransit.org/rename-usstation-survey.

After the agency gathers public input, staff will present the results to the Sound Transit Board. The board will select the new name by January 2020.

Eventually, the agency will seek input about names for the three stations, two in Kent and one in Federal Way, for the Federal Way Link extension scheduled to open in 2024.

More in News & Comment

Business alliance serves women of African diaspora in King County

Nourah Yonous launched the African Women Business Alliance in 2017 to find ways to lift women up.

Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo
Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Last year, Department of Natural Resources responded to record number of wildfires.

A new report, complete with recommendations to the Legislature, has been released by a statewide task force that was formed to address a lack of child care in Washington. File photo
Report outlines lack of child care in Washington

In King County, supply doesn’t meet demand for child care.

You’ve been hacked! Data breaches in Washington on the rise

But fewer people had personal information compromised from cyberattacks in 2019 compared to 2018.

Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia
How will the U.S. respond to climate refugees?

Business as usual has been harder borders, are there other ways to address climate migration?

Stolen rescue dog, lost peacock reunited with owners

Federal Way police share emotional reunions after tracking down stolen dog in abandoned home, finding lost peacock.

A young girl holds up a ‘Don’t Pollute I Live Here’ sign in the crowd during the Youth Climate Strike at Cal Anderson Park on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Seattle, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
King County builds blueprint for health, climate change

The plan will inform how the Board of Health addresses climate change-related health issues.

File photo of a pothole
King County approves roads, bridges funding

The capital projects funding is significantly less than previous years.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge
What’s been happening with safe injection sites?

There hasn’t been much coverage this year compared to the last couple years.

Most Read