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SODO station (Sound Transit)

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SODO
Link Light Rail station
SODO Station platforms.jpg
The northbound platform at SODO Station
Location 500 S Lander Street
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°34′52.6″N 122°19′38.6″W / 47.581278°N 122.327389°W / 47.581278; -122.327389Coordinates: 47°34′52.6″N 122°19′38.6″W / 47.581278°N 122.327389°W / 47.581278; -122.327389
Owned by Sound Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Sound Transit Express, King County Metro
Construction
Structure type Surface
Parking Paid parking nearby
Bicycle facilities Bicycle lockers
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18)
Services
Preceding station  
Link
  Following station
toward Angle Lake
Central Link

SODO is a light rail station located in Seattle, Washington. It is situated between the Beacon Hill and Stadium stations on the Central Link line, which runs from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport to Downtown Seattle and the University of Washington as part of the Link Light Rail system. The station consists of two at-grade side platforms at the intersection of the SODO Busway and South Lander Street in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.

SODO Station was first proposed in the late 1980s, but was ignored in subsequent light rail proposals until the addition of the Beacon Hill Tunnel to the Central Link route in 1998. It was built between 2005 and 2006 by Kiewit Pacific and opened to Link service on July 18, 2009. Trains serve the station 20 hours a day on most days; the headway between trains is 6 minutes during peak periods, with less frequent service at other times. SODO Station is also served by several Sound Transit Express and King County Metro buses that stop on the SODO Busway adjacent to the platforms.

Location[edit]

SODO Station is situated along the SODO Busway in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. The entrances to its two side platforms is located at the intersection of the SODO Busway and South Lander Street, adjacent to a United States Postal Service parking garage.[1] The area surrounding the station consists of a mixture of industrial and low-density commercial areas without residences, employing over 12,000 workers.[2][3][4] Major employers in the area include Starbucks, who has their headquarters at the Starbucks Center five blocks west of the station, and Seattle Public Schools at the John Stanford Center.[5][6] The light rail line is paralleled to the east by a mixed-use bicycle trail called the SODO Trail, which connects SODO Station to Stadium station at South Royal Brougham Way.[7] The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to extend the trail to Spokane Street, connecting it to a bike trail on the Spokane Street Viaduct, serving West Seattle; a connector trail on Forest Street to a segregated cycletrack on Airport Way is also being considered.[8]

History[edit]

The earliest proposal for a light rail station at South Lander Street in SODO came from the Puget Sound Council of Governments in 1986, as part of a north–south line from Lynnwood to Federal Way, following the Duwamish River from Downtown Seattle to the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.[9][10] The station was omitted from the 1993 Regional Transit Project proposal,[11] and the two Sound Transit proposals in 1995 and 1996, with the latter being approved to follow Interstate 90 toward the Rainier Valley.[12][13][14] Sound Transit added several alternative routes to Central Link in 1998, including "Route C1" consisting of an at-grade segment parallel to the existing SODO Busway and a tunnel under Beacon Hill, with stations at South Royal Brougham Way, South Lander Street and under Beacon Hill.[15] "Route C1" was selected as the final route for Central Link in 1999, with a station at South Lander Street being approved ahead of the deferred Royal Brougham and Beacon Hill stations.[16][17]

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Link project was held at SODO Station in November 2003, with construction beginning after utility poles located next to the SODO Busway were relocated to clear the track's right of way.[18] The Sound Transit Board officially named the station after the SoDo neighborhood on January 13, 2005, replacing the provisional name of South Lander Street.[19] The first rails on Central Link were laid between Holgate and Lander streets in August 2005,[20] with the first piece of station art being installed at SODO Station during the same month.[21] The station itself was built by Kiewit Pacific in less than a year, with opening ceremonies for SODO and Stadium stations held on May 30, 2006, celebrating the completion of the first two Central Link stations.[22] Light rail testing on the 1.3-mile-long (2.1 km), at-grade SoDo segment was carried out by Sound Transit between March 2007 and February 2008, allowing the agency to declare the segment "substantially complete" in June 2008.[23][24] SODO Station was opened to the public on July 18, 2009, during the first day of Central Link service.[25]

Station layout[edit]

Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Central Link toward University of Washington (Stadium)
Southbound Central Link toward Angle Lake (Beacon Hill)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

SODO Station consists of two 400-foot-long (120 m) at-grade side platforms, located 160 feet (49 m) north of the station's entrance at South Lander Street.[22][26] The station includes the largest bicycle facility in the Link Light Rail system, with 64 covered spaces at a bicycle parking station and 24 bicycle lockers adjacent to the nearby SODO Trail.[5]

SODO Station also houses a free-standing art installation as part of the "STart" program, which allocates a percentage of project construction funds to art projects to be used in stations.[27] Located at east side of the station entrance, Michael Davis's Made in USA consists of a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) by 14-foot-wide (4.3 m) archway that is made of an oversized try square, spirit level, and carpenter pencil, installed in August 2005 to honor the industrial heritage of SoDo.[21][28] The plaza also includes seating made of sliced steel I-beams and a cog, with cast bronze replicas of workbench tools soldered onto the granite tops; the seating is meant to humanize the industrial environment, illustrating the process of transforming ideas and raw materials into a completed project.[29][30]

The station's pictogram, an anvil, represents the industrial heritage of the SODO area. It was created by Christian French as part of the Stellar Connections series and its points represent nearby destinations, including the Starbucks Center, the Link railyard, Rainier Brewery, and the Beacon Hill Tunnel.[31][32]

Services[edit]

A King County Metro bus stops on the SODO Busway adjacent to the platforms at SODO Station.

SODO Station is part of Sound Transit's Central Link line, which runs from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport through the Rainier Valley and Downtown Seattle to the University of Washington. It is the ninth northbound station from Angle Lake station and eighth southbound station from University of Washington station, and is situated between Beacon Hill and Stadium stations. Central Link trains serve SODO 20 hours a day on weekdays and Saturdays, from 5:00 am to 1:00 am, and 18 hours on Sundays, from 6:00 am to 12:00 am; during regular weekday service, trains operate roughly every 6 to 10 minutes during rush hour and midday operation, respectively, with longer headways of 15 minutes in the early morning and 20 minutes at night. During weekends, Central Link trains arrive at SODO Station every 10 minutes during midday hours and every 15 minutes during mornings and evenings. The station is approximately 27 minutes from SeaTac/Airport station and 11 minutes from Westlake station in Downtown Seattle.[33][34]

SODO Station is also served by several bus routes on the SODO Busway, which runs parallel to the Central Link and through the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, at a pair of bus stops west of the station platforms at South Lander Street. Three Sound Transit Express routes stop at the station: Route 590 from Tacoma,[35] Route 594 from Lakewood and Tacoma,[36] and Route 595 from Gig Harbor.[37] Three all-day King County Metro routes stop at the station: Route 50 from West Seattle and Rainier Valley,[38] Route 101 from Renton,[39] and Route 150 from Tukwila and Kent.[40] Metro also runs four peak-direction routes through the SODO Busway: Route 102 from Renton and Fairwood,[41] Routes 177 and 178 from Federal Way,[42][43] and Route 190 from Star Lake and Redondo Heights.[44]

In addition to regular bus service, Metro also runs the Route 97 Link Shuttle, a shuttle service serving Link stations along surface streets during Link service disruptions.[45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ City of Seattle Generalized Zoning (PDF) (Map). City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development. August 29, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Growing Transit Communities Oversight Committee (October 2013). "SODO: Light Rail/Bus" (PDF). The Growing Transit Communities Strategy. Puget Sound Regional Council. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ City of Seattle Strategic Planning Office (January 1999). "Lander" (PDF). Seattle Area Station Planning: Light Rail Station Area Atlas. Seattle Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  6. ^ Ervin, Keith (October 15, 2002). "School officials start moving into new headquarters". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Seattle Bike Map (PDF) (Map). Seattle Department of Transportation. 2014. p. 1. § D8. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  10. ^ Summary Report, Multi-Corridor Project. Seattle, Washington: Puget Sound Council of Governments. 1986. OCLC 15608855. 
  11. ^ Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Snohomish County Transportation Authority, Washington State Department of Transportation (March 1993). "Build Alternatives". Final Environmental Impact Statement: Regional Transit System Plan (PDF) (Report). Regional Transit Project. pp. 2–32. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
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  14. ^ Schaefer, David (November 6, 1996). "Voters Back Transit Plan On Fourth Try". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sound Transit Motion No. M98-49". Sound Transit. July 23, 1998. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Fryer, Alex (November 19, 1999). "A Milestone For Light Rail -- Regional Board Selects Station Sites, Alignment". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  21. ^ a b "Getting Involved: STart in SODO" (PDF). Link Light Rail Quarterly News. Seattle, Washington: Sound Transit (2): 2. Fall 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 28, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Sound Transit completes first two Central Link light rail stations" (Press release). Seattle, Washington: Sound Transit. May 30, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Sound Transit starts intensive light rail testing" (Press release). Seattle, Washington: Sound Transit. March 14, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ STV Group (June 2008). Central Link Light Rail Project Initial and Airport Segments Monitoring Report, Part I – June 2008 (PDF) (Report). Federal Transit Administration. p. 21. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  27. ^ "STart Public Art Program". Sound Transit. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  30. ^ Upchurch, Michael (July 12, 2009). "Sound Transit light rail's public art makes a big splash". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  37. ^ "ST Express Route 595: Gig Harbor–Seattle". Sound Transit. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Route 50: Alki–SODO–Othello Station". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Route 101: Downtown Seattle–Renton". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Route 150: Downtown Seattle–Kent". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  42. ^ "Route 177, 178: Downtown Seattle–South Federal Way". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Route 178: Downtown Seattle–South Federal Way". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Route 190: Downtown Seattle–Star Lake, Redondo Heights P&R". King County Metro. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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