With the South 200th Street Link extension working toward a construction start date in the 2nd quarter of 2013, Sound Transit is looking to finalize the name of the new station. Up to this point, Sound Transit has used South 200th Street Station as the working name, but it is also looking at South SeaTac Station and Angle Lake Station. Sound Transit would like your feedback:
Every day, we’re making progress to extend the Link light rail system between the Sea-Tac Airport and South 200th Street in the City of SeaTac. During the project’s early phases, the station at S. 200th Street was given a temporary, or working name. Now we’re approaching the time for the Sound Transit Board of Directors to adopt a permanent name for the station.
Over the past few months, we have been talking to community members and stakeholders about potential permanent station names. We’d like to be in a position where the Sound Transit Board could formally adopt a permanent station name as early as September, at the same time we award the design-build construction project for the guideway and station. As part of the process, we are collecting feedback to provide to the Board on the proposed choice of a station name.
Temporary Working Station Name Proposed Choices for the Permanent Station Name S. 200th Street Station S. 200th Street Station South SeaTac Station Angle Lake Station
Please learn more about the station naming criteria and weigh in with your thoughts on the name of that station by completing survey below by Monday, Sept. 17.If you have comments on any of the proposed name for the station along the South 200th Link Extension, please take a moment to send an email to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
My personal preference is for station names to be as specific as possible while still ensuring recognition over the geographic area they serve (i.e. regionally or Link) while avoiding confusion with other stations close by or with similar names. In this regard stations that are in established and well known neighborhoods or emerging large scale TOD should take their name. Stations in areas without established identity should be named after the most specific and well recognized landmark in the area, preferably another element of the transportation system. In most cases this would be a road, especially when the road are arterials with freeway access.
So in this case I see South 200th Street Station as the obvious choice. South SeaTac Station is both poorly defined geographically and confusing in relation to SeaTac Station. Similarly, I’ve lived in the Seattle region my whole life and I have no idea where Angle Lake is. South 200th St is precise but still well known.