|Line: Central Link 🚈|
Station Type: Tunnel, depth: 50' (15m)
Platforms: 2 (Side)
Construction Began: April 27th, 1987
Opening Date: September 15th, 1990
Remodel Finished: September 24th, 2007
Connections: Many Bus Routes, Monorail, South Lake Union Streetcar
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. 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.