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June 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Sound Transit needs “U” to name this train station

Sound Transit is asking friends to help choose the name for a future light-rail station in Seattle, by voting or commenting at this link.

The agency has been thinking like George Foreman, the retired heavyweight boxing champ and grilling maven, who named his sons George Jr., III, IV and V.  Transit managers in Seattle propose “U District Station” not far from the “University of Washington Station” next to Husky Stadium, and the existing University Street Station downtown. If nothing else, these names provide a brain teaser for arriving tourists.

The overlapping names annoy the Montlaker Blog, which naturally suggests using “Montlake Station” near Husky Stadium. But that might be confused with the Mountlake Terrace Station that is supposed to be finished in 2023.

“Husky Stadium Station” sounds logical enough, but there’s already a Stadium Station down in Sodo — about a mile north of Sodo Station.

Another approach could be “U District/NE 45th Street Station,” which tells riders they’re 45 blocks beyond downtown. The one near Husky Stadium might be “UW Medical Center Station,” not to be confused with the UW Medicine facilities on either side of the 2021 Northgate Station.  Or UW Campus South.

Perhaps everyone can agree to change the University Street name downtown, which has probably been confusing travelers since 1895, when the UW campus moved to its hill above Montlake.  The downtown stop could be “Benaroya Hall Station,” as one entrance is directly under the concert hall. Or “Midtown Station.”  Readers of Seattle Transit Blog hashed over that issue a few days ago, here.

Transit spokesman Bruce Gray says that so far, most of the 355 respondents agree with the pairing of “U District Station” (instead of “Brooklyn Station”) and “University of Washington Station.”

What do you think?  A decision is due about a month from now.

 

Comments | Topics: light rail, Sound Transit, University of Washington

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