Station Art Features:
Station artwork reflects the manufacturing and boat building work
performed in the area, as well as Indian influences. The station's roof is
meant to evoke the lines of a ship's hull. Items in the median reflect fishing
and boat building. Panels inside the station show images of manufacturing and
foundries that were in the area.
This theme is continued by buildings on the camps of the University of Washington Tacoma, who have
taken up residence in many old buildings and foundries just across the street.
More artwork can be seen over the Bridge of Glass and along the Foss Waterway
Double tracked. Platform in median with crosswalks across
Platform, Union Station
Map of Union Station
Area (click to enlarge)
This is the coolest and most useful of the stations in my opinion.
The way this area has been set up reminds me of the
Seattle Center, in the sense that
the Center brought together most of Seattle's main art and theatre companies.
Within a couple block's walk of this station are a major university, three
museums, trendy housing, shopping, pubs and restaurants and a revitalized
waterway. The resources and activities around this station prove the usefulness
of this line. There is not a lot of parking in this area, and very little of
what is available is free. However, you can park for free at the
Tacoma Dome Station and ride Link
to here. Or, if you lived in one of the condos or apartments along the Foss
Waterway, you could take Link to a job downtown or to the Sounder to head up to
Seattle. Or, as a student you can go have lunch at Freighthouse Square.
This is definitely the place to visit in Tacoma, and it is rapidly
becoming one of the more popular places to live.