Beacon Hill (Link station)

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Beacon Hill
Light Rail Station
Sound Transit Beacon Hill Tunnel.jpg
Beacon Hill Station Platform
Station statistics
Address 17th Avenue South & South McClellan Street
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°34′46″N 122°18′41″W / 47.57944°N 122.31139°W / 47.57944; -122.31139Coordinates: 47°34′46″N 122°18′41″W / 47.57944°N 122.31139°W / 47.57944; -122.31139
Connections King County Metro Routes 36, 60
Structure type Tunnel
Depth 160 feet
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Street parking only
Bicycle facilities Lockers
Other information
Opened 18 July 2009
Electrified 1,500 V DC, Overhead catenary
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Sound Transit
Fare zone City of Seattle Zone
Preceding station   Sound Transit logo simplified.svg Link Light Rail   Following station
toward Westlake
Central Link

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.[1]

Other Transit[edit]

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.

Station Art[edit]

The station contains several art installations in the plaza, concourse, and platforms.[2] 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.[3]



  1. ^ "Beacon Hill Station". Sound Transit. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Beacon Hill Station and Tunnel - Public Art". Sound Transit. Retrieved 2009-09-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "STart Public Art Program". Sound Transit. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-16. [dead link]

External links[edit]

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