Waiting for the trains: Northgate light rail station dominates the view

NORTHGATE light rail station, scheduled to open October 2, resembles elevated depots similar to Sea-Tac and Tukwila. Towering concrete pillars support the tracks leading to the station, which rises several stories above the ground.

I struggled to find a point of view that would encompass the sheer size of the infrastructure. In the end, I settled on this angle looking north from northeast 100th Street because it also shows the progress of construction on the pedestrian viaduct which will provide access to North Seattle College and the Licton Springs neighborhood across I-5.

If you’ve walked past Northgate recently, you’ve already noticed how much the landscape has changed here in recent years, from the partial demolition of the mall to the construction of a light rail. But nothing makes the transformation more real than walking around.

Two of the three afternoons I came to work on this sketch, a man showed up to review the progress of the construction — that’s him on the right of my sketch. I bet we’re both looking forward to seeing those trains arrive at the station this fall.

Jose P. Rogers