U District Light Rail Station

U District Station

This station is located on Brooklyn Ave NE between NE 45th and NE 43rd streets. It will serve the surrounding residential community, the "Ave" business district, other employment sites, the UW Tower and the north University of Washington campus.

Riders will board trains underground. The station will have two entrances along Brooklyn Ave NE with elevators, escalators and stairs. The station will have about 100 bike parking spaces. The site is designed to accommodate future development above the station. This station was known as "Brooklyn Station" during earlier planning stages. Its official name is now U District StationSound Transit's policy on naming facilities is available online.

When the station opens, riders will be able to travel to the airport in 41 minutes and to Northgate in about 5 minutes.


Mode: Link light rail
Opens for service: 2021
Rider projection: Northgate Link Extension is projected to add over 60,000 daily riders to the Link System by 2030
Ride times (average):
  • U District to Westlake, 8 minutes
  • U District to Sea-Tac Airport, 41 minutes
  • U District to Northgate Station, 5 minutes
Project phase: Design & construction
Station: Cut and cover
Tunnels: Tunnel boring machines excavate and build northbound and southbound train tunnels
​Funding partners: Federal grants, motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) and local sales tax


Sound Transit will refine the design of the station in 2014-2015. The next stage, called 90 percent design, will be presented to the public in mid-2015.
View the 60 percent station design presentation

Key features:
  • Station platform will be about 80 feet below ground
  • Two station entrances: one adjacent to the Neptune Theatre on Brooklyn Ave NE and the other at NE 43rd Street and Brooklyn Ave NE
  • Elevators, escalators and stairs at each entrance
  • Ticket vending machines
  • Covered bicycle storage (approximately 100 spaces)
  • Public art
The 90 percent design will include details about:
  • Station architectural features
  • Pedestrian, bicycle and bus connections
  • Station construction schedule and method
  • Redevelopment opportunities above the station
  • Permanent public art


Construction of the Northgate Link Extension began in fall 2012. View construction progress on the project webcam. Crews are currently supporting tunneling activities between the U District Station site and the University of Washington Station. Brooklyn Avenue NE between NE 43rd and NE 45th streets is closed to traffic and pedestrians from 2013-2020.

Sound Transit is maintaining access for pedestrians and bicyclists along NE 43rd Street at Brooklyn Ave NE. A pathway adjacent to Varsity Arms condos is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Station construction, late 2017 - mid 2020
  • Build the station, including floors, stairs, mezzanines, elevators and the above ground entrances.
  • Restore landscaping, streets and sidewalks.
  • Reopen Brooklyn Ave NE between NE 45th and NE 43rd streets.

​Systems installation and testing, late 2018 - late 2020
  • Install rails and communications, electrical, emergency and other systems in the tunnels and stations.
  • Test systems and test-run light rail trains.


Temporary art during constructionSound Transit plans to keep neighborhoods active and interesting during construction. That includes launching a temporary art program for the construction sites in the U-District, Roosevelt and Maple Leaf/Northgate neighborhoods.

D.K. Pan is lead artist for the U District Temporary Art Project.

Installed in May 2015:
  • U District B Side by Emily Gussin
  • Life Cycle by Baldman Watching


Latest updates
  • Nov 22, 2017: Transitioning of contractors at U District Station site
  • Nov 3, 2017: In this alert: Instrumentation and surface restoration; Construction look-ahead; Roosevelt Station by the numbers
  • Sep 14, 2017: One night closure: Banner Way NE and NE 80th St
  • Sep 14, 2017: Monday night lane closure: Northbound lane on Montlake Blvd NE between NE Pacific Street and Place
  • Sep 8, 2017: Lane closure: Banner Way NE and NE 76th and NE 78th St
  • Jul 31, 2017: Shaft drilling for Northgate station complete
  • Jun 30, 2017: Northgate Station girder installation time-lapse
  • Jun 1, 2017: Northgate Station construction marks major milestone
  • Apr 28, 2017: Reminder: Northgate nighttime sewer line installation in 1st Ave NE
  • Apr 12, 2017: Link light rail drop-in meeting

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