Restored Seattle’s King Street Station opens to public

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, at podium, and other distinguished guests officially reopened the waiting room to public use by ceremonially relighting its grand chandelier.
City of Seattle

The $55-million King Street Station project in Seattle, Wash., which received $32.9 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, has opened.

The project transformed the early 20th-century rail station into a modern, multi-modal transportation hub that will anchor development in the downtown Seattle neighborhood.

“Providing people with centralized access to multiple modes of safe, affordable, efficient transportation serves as a catalyst for economic development and urban renewal,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We’ve seen it work in cities and towns across the country just as it will in Seattle.”

The restoration refurbished historic features of King Street Station, while creating a safer, more inviting and accessible station for Amtrak’s Cascades, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder customers. It also improved connections to commuter rail, light rail and bus lines operated by Sound Transit, King County Metro and other providers.

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