Westlake station (Sound Transit)

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Westlake Station Pictogram.svg
Light rail and bus station
Westlake Station in 2009
Location Pine Street and 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′42.70″N 122°20′9.17″W / 47.6118611°N 122.3358806°W / 47.6118611; -122.3358806Coordinates: 47°36′42.70″N 122°20′9.17″W / 47.6118611°N 122.3358806°W / 47.6118611; -122.3358806
Owned by King County Metro

Bay A (northbound/eastbound via SR-520):
King County Metro: 41, 74, 255
Bay C (southbound):
King County Metro: 101, 102, 150
Bay D (eastbound via I-90):
Sound Transit Express: 550

Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Seattle Center Monorail (connect at Westlake Center - 3rd floor)
South Lake Union Streetcar (connect at Westlake Avenue and Olive Way)
Parking Pay parking nearby
Disabled access Yes
Opened September 15, 1990 (bus service)
July 18, 2009 (light rail service)
Rebuilt September 24, 2005 - September 24, 2007 (conversion to joint bus/light rail service)
Preceding station  
  Following station
toward Angle Lake
Central Link
Preceding station  
ST Express
  Following station
Route 550

Westlake Station is a Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Station in Downtown Seattle under Pine Street between Third and Sixth Avenues, served by Sound Transit and King County Metro buses and Central Link light rail trains. It was the northern terminus of Central Link from 2009 until the opening of the University Link extension in March 2016. It is completely underground and has several entrances along Pine Street between 3rd and 6th Avenues, along with direct connections to the basement levels of Westlake Center, Nordstrom and Macy's. As of 2016, it is the busiest Central Link station, with nearly 10,000 weekday boardings.[1]


A dual-mode bus on route 107 at Westlake station just after the station opened, in 1990

The station was opened in 1990, with the completion of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, and was originally served only by dual-mode buses.[2] Light rail trains began serving the station in 2009, after a 2005–2007 rebuilding and retrofitting of the station and tunnel.

Station layout[edit]

Street Level Exits/Entrances, South Lake Union Streetcar
Mezzanine Ticket vending machines, Metro Customer Shop, to Exits/Entrances, elevator to Seattle Center Monorail
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Central Link toward University of Washington (Capitol Hill)
Bus Bay A (41, 74) northbound toward Interstate 5 (Convention Place)
Bus Bay A (255) eastbound toward State Route 520 (Convention Place)
Southbound Central Link toward Angle Lake (University Street)
Bus Bay C (101, 102, 150) southbound toward SODO Busway (University Street)
Bus Bay D (550) eastbound toward Interstate 90 (University Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


The Metro Customer Stop provides customer information and sells transit passes. It is located on the west end of the mezzanine, near Macy's.[3]

Transit connections[edit]

There is an elevator from the station to the Seattle Center Monorail at the third floor of Westlake Center. Several entrances are near the southern terminus of the South Lake Union Streetcar and near transfer points to surface buses toward Belltown, Queen Anne Hill, Magnolia, Fremont, Shoreline, Green Lake, and Redmond, among many other locations.

At the opening of Link Light Rail to the Eastside (projected as 2023), Westlake Station will serve both the Central Link and East Link lines.


  1. ^ Shaner, Zach (August 11, 2016). "ULink Ridership By Station". Seattle Transit Blog. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ Crowley, Walt (October 1, 2000). "Bus service begins in downtown Seattle transit tunnel on September 15, 1990.". HistoryLink. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Metro Customer Service Offices

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