Shoreline North/185th station

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Shoreline North/185th
Link light rail station
Location 5th Avenue NE & NE 185th Street
Shoreline, Washington
Coordinates 47°45′48″N 122°19′24″W / 47.76333°N 122.32333°W / 47.76333; -122.32333Coordinates: 47°45′48″N 122°19′24″W / 47.76333°N 122.32333°W / 47.76333; -122.32333
Operated by Sound Transit
Tracks 2
Opening 2024 (planned)[1]
Preceding station  
  Following station
  Future service  
Central Link

Shoreline North/185th is a planned Link light rail station on the Lynnwood Link Extension serving Shoreline, Washington. The station will be located in a trench on the east side of Interstate 5, on the north side of Northeast 185th Street. It will include an adjacent bus station and a parking garage on the west side of the freeway.[2] The station is scheduled to open in 2024, with the rest of the line.


The Shoreline area developed as a suburban bedroom community in the early 20th century, centering around the Seattle–Everett Interurban Railway and later State Highway 99 on Aurora Avenue.[3] The area east of Aurora Avenue had one major commercial center, North City, which developed in the 1940s along 15th Avenue Northeast.[4] Interstate 5 was constructed through the area between Aurora and North City in the early 1960s, roughly along 5th Avenue Northeast.[5] In 1957, the Seattle Transit Commission proposed using the freeway's right of way for a rapid rail transit system, including a stop at "Richmond" near NE 185th Street.[6] The proposal was rejected by the state government over financing concerns, as federal and state highway funds could not be used for the necessary property acquisition.[7]

Planning for a modern light rail system was delegated to the Transit Commission's successor, Metro Transit, in the 1970s. Although the Interstate 5 corridor was left out of the Forward Thrust proposals, put to two votes in 1968 and 1970 that ultimately failed, it was reconsidered in a 1986 proposal by Metro and the Puget Sound Council of Governments, which placed a station serving North City at NE 185th Street.[8] The proposal was never formally adopted, but was the basis for later proposals by the Regional Transit Agency, which later became Sound Transit. In 1995, the RTA proposed the construction of a regional light rail system, including a line from Seattle to Lynnwood that stopped at 175th Street NE in Shoreline.[9] The plan was rejected by voters and re-sized into a successful 1996 ballot measure, which only constructed light rail from the University of Washington campus in Seattle to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

Public involvement in planning[edit]

A community group recognized by Shoreline, called 185th Station-Area Citizens Committee (185SCC) was formed in 2012.[10][11] The formal planning process in Shoreline started in May 2013.[12] Public involvement in the planning surrounding light rail in Shoreline is said to be greater than it was for the Central Link in central Seattle. The Central Link planning has been characterized as "ST went into their neighborhood, telling people what they were going to do and providing little avenue for community input or influence."[13]

Public involvement has not always been orderly. At a March 2015 public forum in Shoreline on rezoning, the city's mayor threatened to have rowdy, shouting participants ejected by police.[14]

Station layout[edit]

Street level To Exits/Entrances, ticket vending machines
Northbound Link light rail (Planned) toward Lynnwood City Center (Mountlake Terrace)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound Link light rail (Planned) toward Angle Lake (Shoreline South/145th)

Shoreline North/185th station will consist of a single island platform situated below street level in a trench. The station will have two sets of stairs, escalators and elevators leading to enclosed surface entrances with ticket vending machines and rider information. To the immediate east of the station will be a bus station with multiple bays, as well as a kiss and ride facility. The station's park and ride will be a garage on the west side of Interstate 5, connected by an enlarged overpass.[2]


In addition to Link light rail service, Shoreline North/185th station is planned to become the southern terminus of Community Transit's Swift Blue Line, a bus rapid transit service on the Highway 99 corridor in Snohomish County.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Lynnwood Link project phases". Sound Transit. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "NE 185th Station Site Plan" (PDF). Sound Transit. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ Stein, Alan J. (February 20, 1999). "Shoreline — Thumbnail History". HistoryLink. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ Schuster, Chad (April 16, 2006). "Neighborhood of the week: North City, Shoreline—Appearance, future bright as long rehab nears end". The Seattle Times. p. F3. 
  5. ^ "Chapter 3: Existing Conditions and Population Forecasts". 185th Street Station Subarea Plan (Report). City of Shoreline. March 2015. pp. 3–5. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kennett, John J. (March 1, 1957). Rapid Transit on Freeway, Tacoma-Seattle-Everett. Seattle Transit. OCLC 13297486. 
  7. ^ "Hope Dashed on Transit-System Purchase Plan". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. August 1, 1957. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "LRT Trunk Route Schematic" (Map). Federal Way Transit Extension: Plan Review for High-Capacity Transit in the Project Corridor: S. 200th Street to Federal Way City Center (PDF). Puget Sound Council of Governments. 1986. p. 2-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "The Regional Transit System Proposal" (PDF). Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority. February 1995. pp. 1–2. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "NE 185th Street Station Citizens Committee (events calendar)". City of Shoreline. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wendy Dipeso (December 2, 2012). "Transit Oriented Development - An Opportunity for Citizen Involvement: Citizens interested in having a voice in the proposed Transit Station at N 185th and I-5 can get involved through the 185th Station Citizen Committee". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Orr, Mike (May 23, 2013). "Shoreline Light Rail Powwow". Seattle Transit Blog. Retrieved April 2, 2015. [self-published source]
  13. ^ DKH (April 17, 2013). "Senior Center is packed for forum on 185th St Station". Shoreline Area News. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ Robertson, Kipp (March 17, 2015). "Outcry from Shoreline residents doesn't stop council from rezoning area around light rail". Bonneville International. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Existing Conditions and Population Forecasts". 185th Street Station Subarea Plan (PDF) (Report). City of Shoreline. March 2015. pp. 3–21. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Chapter 5.2.2: Long Term Impacts on Local and Sub-Regional Bus Transit". Lynnwood Link Final Environmental Impact Statement: Transportation Technical Report (PDF) (Report). Sound Transit. April 2015. pp. 5–29. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 

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