As Brian noted, Senator Murray had the honor of announcing Seatac Station’s opening date as Saturday, December 19 at 10am, just in time for the holidays. The real star of the morning, however, was one of the system’s more beautiful stations. I’m probably the least of the STB team’s photographers, but since I was the one there you’ll have to peruse my photos in the STB Flickr Pool. Some select photos and additional comments below the jump.
Access to the station from the City will come via the pedestrian bridge above. Most buses will stop here, and there’s a nice plaza taking shape behind that fence.
I’m no architecture critic but I believe the structure on top of the station itself is meant to be suggestive of flight. In the photo below you can clearly see the International Blvd. pedestrian bridge, mezzanine, and train platform level.
I’m told that the original design actually enclosed most of this, but budget cuts forced an change of heart. I think it’s pretty successful.
I don’t believe there’s any ground access on the West Side of the street except some emergency stairwells, at the extreme right edge of the picture.
The elevator shaft is evident, and you can just make out a TVM to the right of the bridge.
The presence of the train triggered a rumor we were to get a ride, but that was not to be.
Above is a photo of the Mezzanine, looking South. The bridge to the airport parking garage is just off camera to the right. It was sealed off today. The benches at left will be an obvious place to meet people you’re picking up.
Each of the two escalators had one of the pieces below. Mayor Greg Nickels told me that they were originally to have been spun by the wind from passing trains, but thanks to the open design they’ll simply be driven by natural wind. This one has names of various Northwest tribes, and the other has names of various cities around the world at the same latitude as Seatac.
Lastly, the other pedestrian bridge. The photo below is taken from the train platform and shows how the station connects to the parking garage and ultimately the terminal. Port Commissioner John Creighton told me that the walkway will be separated from traffic and follow the outer rim of the garage. He said a moving walkway was ruled out due to both expense and because the machinery would have required a few feet of machinery between the walkway and the concrete floor of the garage.
I got some other, unrelated tidbits from the officials there, but I’ll save those for another post.