Beacon Hill (Link station)
Light Rail Station
Beacon Hill Station Platform
|Address||17th Avenue South & South McClellan Street
|Connections||King County Metro Routes 36, 60|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||Street parking only|
|Opened||18 July 2009|
|Electrified||1,500 V DC, Overhead catenary|
|Owned by||Sound Transit|
|Fare zone||City of Seattle Zone|
The Beacon Hill Station is a Sound Transit Central Link light rail stop in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It is a tunnel station, about 160 feet (49 m) under South Lander Street, with an entrance located at the southeast corner of Beacon Avenue South and South Lander Street.
The station opened with the rest of the Central Link line on July 18, 2009. Sound transit predicts 3,000 daily boardings at the Beacon Hill Station for the year 2020.
There are bus stops located on either side of Beacon Avenue South at the station entrance. The bus stops are served by King County Metro Routes 36, 38, and 60. It is the northern terminus of route 38, which provides local infill service serving 3 stops on a steep hill between Beacon Hill Station and Mount Baker Station
The station consists of two platform tunnels, each approximately 380 feet (120 m) long. The Beacon Hill Tunnel, actually two parallel tunnels each nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) long, was constructed between 2005 and 2009 and connects the station to SoDo in the west and the Rainier Valley in the east. The platform tunnels are connected by concourse tunnels to the main shaft, which contains elevators and emergency stairs. Four high-speed elevators provide quick access between the surface and the station platform, taking about 20 seconds each way.
The station contains several art installations in the plaza, concourse, and platforms. These include:
- "Community Threads" by Carl Smool [located in the plaza]
- "Portals" by Dan Corson [located at the concourse]
- "Space Forms" by Dan Corson [located above the platforms]
- "Lightsticks" by Bill Bell [located in the running tunnels]
The installations are funded by Sound Transit's STart program, which dedicates 1% of construction funding to public art.
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