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Judkins Park Station Access Study

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Rainier Avenue South is a key transportation corridor for cars, buses, and trucks traveling north-south through the city, provides access to I-90, and has been designed primarily for vehicles.  Consequently, safe, and comfortable pedestrian and cycling connections have long been lacking. 

With the Sound Transit Judkins Park light rail station set to open by 2023 (with access from both 23rd Ave and Rainier Ave) combined with the changes that have started to take place around the future station such as low-rise residential development and public projects, we have an opportunity to work with the community to prioritize safety and better access for all users. 
Existing challenges include:

  • Limited number of crosswalks on Rainier Ave
  • Lack of adequate facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Dangerous pedestrian crossings of I-90 on and off ramps on Rainier Ave
  • Unlit paths through adjacent park space
  • Narrow sidewalks adjacent to high speeding traffic that makes it especially difficult for those who are not fully mobile

Purpose of Study

This study will look at access to the light rail station as well as mobility within the Judkins Park neighborhood for residents, businesses and their customers.  It will also look at access for those who are moving through (transferring from one mode to another) or going to and from key institutions in the area such as the Lighthouse for the Blind and the Northwest African American Museum. 

Specifically, we will find out the community's transportation needs, develop concepts for transportation improvements, and generate initial cost estimates to ensure better access to the future station while addressing near-term improvement needs.  The improvements identified in this study could be funded through station access funds with the passing of the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure.

Judkins Park
Judkins Park Study Area - Click to Enlarge

Read comments the City has received in the past from Judkins Park residents:
August 24, 2016 Find It, Fix It Community Walk Judkins Park

Learn about efforts in the community to improve access to the future Judkins Park station:
Feet Firsts Walk & Talk

Related Projects

Judkins Park Station Area Livability Study (coming soon)

23rd Avenue Corridor Improvement Project

Sound Transit – Judkins Park Station


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