News Blog for Seattle's University District Neighborhood


Sound Transit seeks feedback for light rail station name at Brooklyn Avenue NE

June 6th, 2012 by master

As Sound Transit worked through planning and design for the University and North Link projects, it gave each of the stations temporary working names.

Unsurprisingly, Sound Transit will recommend that the temporary names be used as the permanent names… with one exception: Brooklyn Station.

Sound Transit says they’ve receive the most comments about the station at NE 45th Street and Brooklyn Avenue NE and are now going to recommend it be called U District Station.

They still want to hear from you. You can take an on-line survey or send them an email.

Sound Transit hopes it’s Board of Directors can formally adopt permanent station names as early as June.

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Meet the artists for the future light rail station at Brooklyn Street

February 16th, 2012 by master

Sound Transit is offering up a chance for you to meet the people from Lead Pencil Studio who will be creating the art at the Brooklyn and Roosevelt light rail stations.

The artists will discuss their previous work and how they will prepare for creating public art in these two new spaces.

6 – 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
Henry Art Gallery auditorium
University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE Campus Pkwy
(entrance on east side of pedestrian bridge)

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Free salvaged plants from light rail construction projects

January 23rd, 2012 by master

You can score some free shrubs this coming weekend, but you’ll have to do the grunt work. Sound Transit is giving away plants and other landscaping materials where they’re going to be tearing down buildings at the sites of the future light rail stations at Brooklyn Avenue NE and in the Roosevelt neighborhoods.

Most of the plants at the Brooklyn Avenue site are small shrubs like Barberry, Nandia and Boxwood. They will be available on a first-come first-served basis from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28. You will need to bring your own tools such as shovels, pots and gloves and will have to remove the plants and haul them away yourself.

Meet Sound Transit staff in the parking lot of the Chase Bank building at 4300 Brooklyn Avenue NE for the U District site or at 1033 NE 66th Street for the Roosevelt site.

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Light rail station construction could be a difficult neighbor

November 18th, 2011 by master

Sound Transit presented its latest construction plans to a crowd of more than 100 people last night at the recently polished Neptune Theater.

Check out the animated video the agency put together. It shows a 360 degree view of what the footprint of construction will be on the neighborhood.

The questions from the audience were mainly concerns over access at next door buildings, vehicle and pedestrian routing  and common construction disruptions like noise, lights and dust. The most vocal attendees were also the neighbors most likely to feel the impact of years of construction. The University Manor Apartments are so close to construction that the roads just to the north and west of the building will be closed for most of the project. Sound Transit will funnel bikes, pedestrians and people coming and going from the building through a ten foot wide path between Brooklyn Avenue NE and an alley on the east side of the building.

While most issues were localized, the agency also showed slides that explained how construction trucks will get to and from the site.  Through all project stages, trucks will use the NE 50th Street on- and off-ramps at I-5. Drivers will take their haul through the one-way couplet of Roosevelt Way NE and 11th Avenue NE during demolition and add Brooklyn Avenue NE during excavation and construction.

You can run through the presentation to see how Sound Transit plans to roll out construction. A couple more design open houses will happen next year as will demolition of buildings at the site. Excavation won’t start until 2013. Service is scheduled to begin in 2021.

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U-District residents want to put an end to 'Brooklyn Station' name

November 14th, 2011 by master

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet”

Image courtesy Sound Transit

Sound Transit has been calling the future light rail station planned for the heart of the University District ‘Brooklyn Station.’ But to some University District residents the name just plain stinks. To help keep the Brooklyn moniker from sticking, at least one member of the University District Council plans to be outside Sound Transit’s open house Wednesday night to hand out fliers in support of changing the name.

The purpose of the 6 p.m. meeting at the Neptune Theater is for Sound Transit to show off the latest station designs and explain how its construction could affect the surrounding streets, businesses and residents. Changing the station name will have to wait. The Sound Transit Board will take up the matter as soon as next summer. Meanwhile, Sound Transit will continue to take suggestions. “We have heard a lot of interest in U-District Station,” said Sound Transit Spokesperson Bruce Gray. “For the time being, we’ll continue calling it Brooklyn Station as a placeholder.

Brooklyn Station open house
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street, Seattle

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Tunneling to Capitol Hill to begin

May 16th, 2011 by master

Boring machines are about to start up at the University Link light rail station.

Seattle Channel Video can be played in Flash Player 9 and up

Monday morning, Sound Transit officials, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff celebrated the launch of the first tunnel boring machine for the University Link light rail project. A second tunnel boring machine will be brought in next month to start drilling the parallel line. The two machines will work around the clock on the three-mile tunnels, which will be for the northbound and southbound tracks.

The $2 billion light rail project is expected to open by September 2016.

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Sound Transit alert

April 25th, 2011 by master

Sound Transit will be installing extensometers in the westbound Montlake Blvd exit off-ramp area on SR 520 which will require the contractor to leave the drill rig overnight. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted. Extensometers are one of the tools the contractor uses to monitor ground movement above the University Link tunnel. Installation requires concrete cutting, drilling and excavation by a vacuum truck. The contractor will perform this work from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Monday April 25 until Friday May 6.

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Noise alert near light rail station

April 12th, 2011 by master

Tunneling operations will soon start at the UW light rail station. Sound Transit will be installing utility settlement monitors that will be visible from Highway 520 to oncoming traffic. This work will not interfere with vehicle or pedestrian traffic but does require the use of a vacuum truck and a drill rig. The may be audible to the surrounding homes.

Here are the days and hours that you may hear noise:
Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 and Saturday, April 23: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
You can always track the project here.

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Meet Togo, Balto and Brenda.. the tunnel boring machines

April 2nd, 2011 by master

Sound Transit is unveiling some key players in the light rail project. At 21 feet in diameter, 330 feet long, and 679,000 pounds each, tunnel boring machines nicknamed Togo, Balto and Brenda will dig for 18 months to connect the Westlake Station downtown to Capitol Hill and UW.

The two that will be digging from the UW to Capitol Hill are, not surprisingly, named after famous Huskies. Togo and Balto were canine heroes of a grueling sled dog relay to deliver medicine 674 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska during a diphtheria outbreak in 1925. The machines will operate between 100 and 300 feet underground and up to almost five times normal air pressure.

Brenda will travel a little over half a mile from the Capitol Hill station site to the existing light rail system. All three machines will be delivered to the construction sites in April. Tunneling will begin this summer.

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UW light rail bridge design

January 5th, 2011 by master

Want to check out the latest design of the pedestrian bridge that will connect the future UW light rail station to campus? Sound Transit, the UW and WSDOT are hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, January 12 to show off the updated images. The meeting runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Museum of History & Industry at 2700 24th Avenue E.

Computer generated image of project from 2008

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