Capitol Hill station

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Capitol Hill
Link Light Rail station
Capitol Hill Station platform on opening day, March 19, 2016 - 01.jpg
Capitol Hill Station platform level
Location 140 Broadway E
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°37′09″N 122°19′13″W / 47.6192°N 122.3202°W / 47.6192; -122.3202Coordinates: 47°37′09″N 122°19′13″W / 47.6192°N 122.3202°W / 47.6192; -122.3202
Owned by Sound Transit
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections First Hill Streetcar, King County Metro
Structure type Underground
Depth 65 feet (20 m)[1]
Platform levels 2
Opened March 19, 2016 (2016-03-19)[2]
Preceding station  
  Following station
toward Angle Lake
Central Link

Capitol Hill is a Link Light Rail station that opened on March 19, 2016,[2] serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is situated between the Westlake and University of Washington stations on the 3.15-mile-long (5.07 km) University Link Extension, which runs from Downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus. The station consists of an island platform below a split mezzanine with three surface entrances located in the vicinity of Broadway between East Denny Way and East John Street.[3] Connections at the surface level include the First Hill Streetcar and several King County Metro bus routes, while the former staging area surrounding the station entrances will be redeveloped into transit-oriented, mixed-use buildings with affordable housing.

Sound Transit projects approximately 14,000 daily boardings at the station in 2030, assuming the completion of other light rail extensions.[3]


Capitol Hill station, serving the Seattle neighborhood of the same name, is located on two city blocks east of Broadway between East Howell Street and E John Street. The station site is bordered to the east by Cal Anderson Park; it is also located near the Seattle Central College campus.

The area surrounding the station is primarily zoned for multi-family dwellings and has 15,098 total housing units with 20,890 residents within a half-mile (0.8 km) radius; these units are primarily renter occupied and roughly 17 percent of units are affordable to lower-income households, with some subsidized housing nearby. There is also a major commercial strip on Broadway supporting ground-level retail stores and other uses; the area is also home to 15,171 jobs.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Street Level Exits/Entrances, Ticket vending machines
Mezzanine Ticket vending machines, to Exits/Entrances
Northbound Central Link toward University of Washington (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound Central Link toward Angle Lake (Westlake)

The station is located beneath Nagle Place and the alley to the north of it between E John St and E Denny Way, just east of Broadway. It has three entrances. The north entrance is at the southeast corner of Broadway and E John, and the south entrance is at the southwest corner of Denny Way and Nagle Place, across from Cal Anderson Park. The west entrance, accessible via a pedestrian tunnel under Broadway from the rest of the station, is on the west side of Broadway south of Denny, on the same block as Seattle Central College.[5] The station includes three pieces of public art: Jet Kiss by Mike Ross hangs above the platform; Ellen Forney's Connected Pinkies and Walking Fingers hang above two of the station's entrances.


Further information: University Link Tunnel
Tunnels leading into station under construction in November 2012

Demolition of the buildings on the site began in early 2009. Environmental clean-up work, excavation, tunneling, and station construction work followed. As of February 2015, street-level construction is done and the visual barrier is being removed.[6] Now that construction is done, the portions of the blocks used in construction that were not taken up by station entrances will be available for Transit-Oriented Development. Some have suggested using part of the available space for a community amenity such as a permanent farmers' market.[7] Service began to the University of Washington in the north and Downtown Seattle and SeaTac in the south in March 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "Phase Gate Report 7: University Link Extension" (PDF). Sound Transit. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Beekman, Daniel (March 19, 2016). "Capitol Hill, UW light-rail stations open to big crowds". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "University Link Light Rail" (PDF). Sound Transit. May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Growing Transit Communities Oversight Committee (October 2013). "Capitol Hill Station: Future Light Rail/Future Streetcar/Bus" (PDF). The Growing Transit Communities Strategy. Puget Sound Regional Council. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Capitol Hill Station". Sound Transit. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ University Link Extension project update, Sound Transit, February 2015, archived from the original on April 2, 2015, retrieved March 25, 2015 
  7. ^ "Light Rail TOD Forum Recap". Capitol Hill Seattle blog. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Capitol Hill Station construction". Sound Transit. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 

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