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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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Sound Transit shows latest proposed design for Brooklyn station

May 23rd, 2012 by master

UW News Lab
Sound Transit unveiled the latest prospective design plans for Brooklyn station at an open house at the Neptune Theatre last night, May 22. Initial concepts for station art and a discussion of potential station names took center stage.
According to the Sound Transit website, Brooklyn station is part of the North Link Project, which will be a 4.3-mile tunnel spanning from University Station near Husky Stadium to a Northgate station near the Northgate Transit Center. Brooklyn station will be located along Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between the University Manor apartments on Northeast 43rd Street and the Neptune Theatre on Northeast 45th Street.
Bruce Gray, a media relations rep for Sound Transit, said the plan is to have the link open by 2021.
“Everything is really coming together,” he said. “It will be jewel of the U-District.”

Sound Transit Project Manger Tracy Reed welcoming everyone to the open house

Open house attendees had the opportunity to vote on prospective names for the station. The three contenders were U-District Station, Brooklyn Station and Northeast 5th Street. A write-in option was also available.
Meeting attendee Jorgen Bader said he encourages people to choose U-District Station or write in University District Station.
“Nothing about the station relates to the University of Washington,” he said. “It needs to tie into the university and introduce people to the university.”
Tracy Reed, a project manager at Sound Transit, said a permanent name will be chosen in June.
“It will reflect the nature of the environment and be brief and easy to read and remember,” she said, adding that the selection will not be similar to names of existing stations and buildings.
In addition to naming the station, the meeting was the first time the community was introduced to the local artists, Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, who will provide the
station’s artwork. Last November, a Sound Transit art selection committee chose Han and Mihalyo, who own Lead Pencil Studio in Seattle.
“Our inspiration comes from the urban fabric of the city,” Mihalyo said. He added that they plan to have 3-D windows with videos running, still images and lighting.
“They will be ambient in nature,” he said. “We haven’t decided what, but they will relate to domestic and retail experiences.”
The open house presentation noted that the University Station will cater to visitors of Husky Stadium, the University of Washington Medical Center and the southern part of UW’s campus, while the Brooklyn Station will be more accessible for people traveling to the UW Tower, the “Ave,” north campus and buses that connect at Northeast 45th Street.

Attendees view displays and talk to Sound Transit employees during the station design open house.

Gray said the projected ridership at Brooklyn station for 2030 is approximately 12,000 daily boardings based on current transit ridership and projected travel times. Riders will be able to travel from Brooklyn station to Westlake Station in eight minutes and to Sea- Tac Airport in 41 minutes, Gray said.
The station will be approximately 80 feet below ground with elevators, escalators and stairs provided at entrances adjacent to the Neptune Theatre and near the Chase Bank on Northeast 43rd Street. Ticketing machines, covered bicycle storage, benches and four emergency staircases were also featured in the presentation. In addition, the station is designed to include street-level retail shops or office spaces at street level.
Gray said he expects the final design to be completed at the end of 2012, with demolition and construction work beginning shortly after. Construction of the station
will include closing Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and Northeast 43rd Street to traffic and pedestrians.
“The meat of the construction will be from 2014 to 2017,” Gray said. “The biggest impact folks will notice is that Brooklyn will be closed.”

Wilbert Santos, Sound Transit community relations’ specialist answers questions from attendees.

Construction simulation of the Brooklyn station tunneling and excavation process:

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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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Brooklyn light rail station open house

May 23rd, 2011 by master

Although the future light rail station outside Husky Stadium has gotten a lot of attention, Sound Transit also wants your input on the future Brooklyn station. You can check out the latest design plans on June 9 at the Hotel Deca Grand Ballroom on 4507 Brooklyn Ave. The open house runs between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The Brooklyn station is expected to open in 2020. You can read more about the project here.

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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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Sound Transit construction alert

March 19th, 2011 by master

Sound Transit’s contractor will be removing the center curb on Montlake Blvd to prepare for the tunnel boring machines to be delivered in April 2011. This will require closing a northbound and southbound lane just south of NE Pacific Street.   The closure will occur during the nighttime hours from Monday, March 21 to Tuesday, March 22 – 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  You can track the project here.

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Designs for Brooklyn light rail station

January 18th, 2011 by master

If you’re interested in design options for the future underground Brooklyn light station in the U-District, an open house is set for Thursday, Jan. 27. You’ll have the chance to check out two underground station design options, entrance locations and construction plans. The open house will be held at University Heights Center from 6 – 8 p.m.

The future station will be located on Brooklyn Avenue between NE 43rd and NE 45th streets. You can read more about the project here.

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