Westlake station (Sound Transit)

Westlake Station Pictogram.svg
Link light rail and bus station
The Westlake station mezzanine, seen from the platform level
LocationPine Street & 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°36′41″N 122°20′14″W / 47°36′41″N 122°20′14″W / 47.61139; -122.33722
Owned byKing County Metro
Line(s) Sound Transit Express, King County Metro
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsSeattle Center Monorail, South Lake Union Streetcar, King County Metro, Sound Transit Express, Community Transit
Structure typeTunnel
ParkingPay parking nearby
Disabled accessYes
OpenedSeptember 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
Passengers11,417 daily boardings (2017; Link only)[1]
Preceding station 
 Following station
Central Link
toward Angle Lake
Preceding station 
ST Express
 Following station
Route 550
toward Bellevue TC

Westlake is a light rail and bus station that is part of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. The station serves Pine Street between 3rd and 6th avenues in Downtown Seattle, near Westlake Center and Westlake Park. It is served by the Central Link, part of Sound Transit's Link light rail system, as well as buses from King County Metro and Sound Transit Express. The station is also connected above ground by buses, the South Lake Union Streetcar, and the Seattle Center Monorail.

Westlake station consists of two underground side platforms, connected to the surface by entrances and a mezzanine level served by nearby department stores. It is situated between University Street station to the south, and Convention Place station to the north; Convention Place is only served by buses, however, and Capitol Hill station is the next northbound light rail station. The transit tunnel was built in the 1980s and opened for bus-only service on September 15, 1990. The tunnel was closed from 2005 to 2007 for a large renovation to prepare for light rail service, which began on July 18, 2009. Link light rail trains terminated at Westlake until the opening of the University Link Extension in 2016. Trains and buses serve the station twenty hours a day on most days; the headway between light rail trains is six minutes during peak periods, with less frequent service at other times. The tunnel will become train-only by 2019, and a second downtown tunnel is planned to be built in 2030, with a transfer at Westlake station.


Westlake station is located on Pine Street between 3rd and 6th avenues in Downtown Seattle's retail and office district.[2] The station is at the north end of Downtown Seattle, near the Denny Triangle area, and is within walking distance of the Pike Place Market Historic District. According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, the area within 12 mile (0.8 km) of the station has an estimated population of 15,171 people (in 12,995 total housing units, mostly in multifamily buildings) and approximately 91,055 jobs.[3]

Westlake station is adjacent to the Westlake Center shopping mall, Westlake Park, Pacific Place, the Nordstrom flagship store, and the regional flagship of Macy's (formerly The Bon Marché).[2] Pike Place Market is located to the west of the station,[4] while the Washington State Convention Center is four blocks to the east.[5] Amazon.com is headquartered several blocks north of the station in the Denny Triangle area.[6]

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