Rail - King Street Station Renovation - Complete April 2013

WSDOT and the city of Seattle restored and transformed the busy and historic King Street Station to meet current and future needs of expanding passenger rail service.

King Street Station in downtown Seattle is the busiest train station in the Pacific Northwest, serving more than a half-million Amtrak passengers in 2012.

Check out the latest photos on Seattle DOT's Flickr site.

Preservation Honor
The King Street Station renovation was honored in November 2014 with a National Preservation Honor Award, part of the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards. The honor lauds the restoration and notes that the work re-established the station as a transportation hub and served as “a catalyst for redevelopment within the community.” WSDOT is listed as a co-recipient along with the City of Seattle and other funding partners.

How you benefit

Improves safety
Enhances public safety and prolongs the life of the building by strengthening the building walls and clock tower to better withstand earthquakes.

Improved lighting, upgraded building systems (electric, plumbing, heating, etc.), and increased accessibility will improve safety for station visitors and employees. Enhanced safety and security systems were installed.

Relieves congestion
King Street Station in downtown Seattle is one of the busiest train stations in the Pacific Northwest, serving more than a half million Amtrak passengers in 2012.

Improvements will reduce travel times, increase train frequency, and improve reliability.

Economic incentive
This restoration will make King Street Station a more modern facility while protecting its historic character - a key step toward improving and expanding rail service between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.

Since 2009, Washington has received nearly $800 million in federal high speed rail funds. Investment in passenger rail creates jobs and provides funding for nearly 20 projects along the 300-mile corridor in our state.

Partnerships & cooperation
The restoration was a multi-phased effort between WSDOT, FRA, Amtrak, Federal Transit Administration, a number of local agencies and the city of Seattle.


This project is funded through the following sources:

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Sound Transit
Surface Transportation Program (STP) Enhancement
State Appropriation - includes Transportation Improvement Board (TIB)
South Downtown (SODO) Foundation
City of Seattle Department of Transportation
4Culture Services Agency
Federal Railroad Administration, High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program Grant 

Total Funding From All Sources - $47.27 million

Contact us
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
E-mail: rail@wsdot.wa.gov

Information about hours, parking, and services is available at the King Street Station Web page on the Amtrak Cascades Web site.