Jackson Street Hub

Celebrate culture and arrival, create mobility connections

The vision

  • The Jackson Hub is an important and welcoming gateway destination to Chinatown-International District, the waterfront, and the city
  • The hub becomes a destination, through engaging programming in surrounding plaza spaces and with local businesses
  • The hub offers seamless transfers and connections between the Link, Amtrak, Sounder, buses, streetcar and other modes
  • The hub features and celebrates surrounding neighborhoods’ histories and cultures
  • Jackson Hub continues to support mixed-income, multicultural neighborhoods that include current residents and businesses

How we'd get there

Build upon Jackson Street connections and Jackson Hub projects

Examples:

  • Make King Street into a greenway
  • Build a lid over the BNSF train tracks, and use the new space created as public space and/or co-development

Design accessible bike, bus, and pedestrian connections to Union Station

Examples:

  • Ensure City of Seattle corridor accessibility improvements enhance connectivity to Sound Transit station design efforts
  • Encourage and promote crime prevention through environmental design
  • Anticipate and design pedestrian movement capacity for future multi-modal ridership increases

Develop intuitive and legible connections between transportation modes and into the neighborhoods

Example:

  • Easy-to-understand wayfinding, including special street materials that indicate pedestrian-only spaces, universal signage and symbols for information

Use mitigation strategies to avoid cultural and physical displacement

Example:

  • Make the hub accessible to people of all abilities and incomes

Make Jackson Hub culturally significant places through art in the public realm

Example:

  • Murals that honor local and minority culture, and history

Make Jackson Hub a comprehensive community hub where people can have a whole experience

Example:

  • A place to hang out during the transfer with more local art, culture, area landmarks, places to eat, wait, and people-watch

How we strive for equity

  • Make hubs especially intuitive and accessible for people with disabilities
  • Make sure signage and wayfinding is easy to understand for non-English speakers
  • Improve the transit hub without physical or cultural displacement to residents and businesses.

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What we've heard

  • Add a lid over the BNSF train tracks to be used as public space, similar to the Freeway Park or the Millennium Park in Chicago
  • Keep Chinatown-International District affordable for communities of color to live, visit, and enjoy

Great examples from Seattle and beyond

Aerial view image of an outdoor plaza with seating for nearby restaurants beneath trees and patio lights. Several dozen people sit in the space eating and drinking.

Deák Ferenc Square in Budapest, Hungary is a major transport junction and public park space where people gather to picnic, make music, dance, and enjoy restaurants on the perimeter. It has become a premier outdoor nightlife destination.
Photo credit: Janos Korom Dr.

Aerial view photo of an elevated, outdoor green space in the midst of a downtown core. Pedestrian walkways border the park and a variety of trees are planted throughout. The greenway appears to be several stories high, for views of the cityscape.

Salesforce Transit Center  in San Francisco is a regional transit hub that connects bus, trains, and high speed rail in a multi-level building complete with a rooftop public park, retail space, and administrative offices.
Photo credit: FullMetal2887

 Image of an outdoor urban plaza with three water fountains and a walkway between them. Tall skyscrapers and cranes visible in the background. A few people are walking near the fountains in the center of the photo. There are trees on the outside of the plaza in the middle of the scene.

Hudson Yards in Chelsea, Manhattan is a major redevelopment of a former industrial space into a public green space, residential and commercial space, and cultural destination, made possible in part by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Photo credit: Charley Lhasa