King Street Station Jackson PlazaThe new King Street Station Jackson Plaza came to life again with an opening ceremony marked by Mayor Mike McGinn on June 24.

The project is part of the restoration works for the King Street Station, funded in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, the voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy and the Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Capital Projects Fund.

King Street Station Jackson PlazaThe new King Street Station Jackson Plaza came to life again with an opening ceremony marked by Mayor Mike McGinn on June 24.

The project is part of the restoration works for the King Street Station, funded in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, the voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy and the Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Capital Projects Fund.

As a gateway for travelers coming into Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for over 100 years, King Street Station is a landmark and a key transportation facility to two of the city’s historical neighborhoods, Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District. It has once helped connecting the region and increasing economic activities in the city; however, heavy use and neglect over time have caused it to fall into disrepair.

By restoring its facade and function, King Street Station will become one of the three Center City Multimodal Transportation Hubs, along with Westlake and Colman Dock. It will function as both destination and transfer points for a variety of transportation users, featuring Amtrak inner-city rail and intra-city buses, and Sound Transit commuter rail, along with access to Sound Transit light rail, local bus services, and the future First Hill Streetcar.

“The investment in historic King Street Station is part of Seattle’s transit future,” McGinn said. “The new plaza connects transit lines and neighborhood like Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District. I would like to thank all of our agency partners and our own Department of Transportation for creating such a great place for the public to enjoy. And the new view of Downtown is amazing.”

King Street Station Jackson PlazaThrough sustainable seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, the Jackson Street Plaza has been transformed into a new public pedestrian plaza, allowing locals to enjoy an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing green space within the busy streets. The plaza will feature seating benches, trees, other landscaping, and a huge open area.  The opportunity for this space to host festivities such as concerts and events are endless.

Renovation and restoration work is continuing and the transformation of the station into a modern transit hub will continue to evolve.

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