Due to construction at our Seattle station, we have a few tips to help smooth your travel.
Due to vehicle congestion in the area, limited parking and traffic flow changes within the station, passengers are encouraged to arrive at Seattle's King Street Station one hour early to access the boarding gates. Passengers should note that professional sports and events at nearby venues may also affect travel to the station.
Parking in the area is severely limited, so please allow additional time.
There is a new taxi queuing area on South King Street, temporary 15-minute passenger load and unload spots, and temporary ADA parking stalls to facilitate access to the station during construction. Passengers may also want to consider taking mass transit to the station.
Passengers should note that changes have been made to the flow of traffic through the station. Passengers will now enter the Amtrak ticketing and baggage area from a temporary entrance north of the current station entrance, located on the lower floor.
During this period, temporary waiting areas are available for passengers, while the permanent waiting area is under construction. While the waiting room is closed, other areas of the station may be congested.
King Street Station now features upgraded baggage and ticket areas, and major restoration work will continue at Seattle's historic train station through April 2013. This $23 million project will strengthen King Street Station and its clock tower to better withstand earthquakes, as well as restore the historical features of the station's main hall and upgrade electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to modern standards.
The restoration, managed by the city of Seattle, is an ongoing partnership between WSDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, Federal Transit Administration 4Culture services agency and the city. Since 2008, nearly $30 million in federal, state, and local funding has been invested to improve the station and restore its unique historic character. During construction we will do everything we can to minimize the impact on passengers, and we appreciate your patience. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/kingstreet.htm.
Thank you for taking the train. We appreciate your patronage as we restore King Street Station. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free iPhone app and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
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