Panoramic view of the Pioneer Square station from above.
Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel
The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, also referred to as the Metro Bus Tunnel, is a 1.3-mile (2.1 km) public transit tunnel that runs the length of downtown Seattle, from 9th Avenue and Pike Street to 5th Avenue S. and S. Jackson Street. Approved by Metro Transit in 1983,construction began in 1987.It was completed and service began in 1990, at a total cost of $455 million. In May 2000, the King County Council transferred ownership to Sound Transit but ownership was transferred back to King County Metro in 2002.
The tunnel was closed on September 24, 2005 for modification to accommodate both buses and Sound Transit's Central Link light rail trains on a shared alignment. Prior to closure, around two dozen bus routes ran through the tunnel. The buses were dual-powered, using electricity in the tunnel from an above wire connection and diesel on city streets. It reopened on Monday, September 24, 2007.The two-year closure included retrofits for light rail as well as other operating system upgrades. Also, a stub tunnel, branching from the main tunnel, was constructed under Pine Street between 7th and Boren Avenues to allow light rail trains to stop and reverse direction and for future extension of Central Link.
Due to the conversion to light rail, the dual-mode buses that are powered by the above electric connection can no longer operate in the tunnel. Those buses have already been replaced by Metro's current new fleet of hybrid buses. While these buses produce significantly more emissions than electric trolley buses that use overhead wires, they produce fewer emissions than standard diesel buses, and require no connection to overhead wires.
Since the floor of the tunnel was lowered for the light rail, there have been concerns that the bus mirrors are now at head height and may strike those who are waiting on the platform. To prevent this, the mirrors are equipped with flashing lights. As well, the buses' speed limit as they approach and leave stations has been lowered from 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) to 10 miles per hour (16 km/h).
The tunnel is entirely within the Ride Free Area, so no fare is required on buses at any station during hours when the policy is in effect. Due to Sound Transit's different fare structure, fares are required on Central Link light rail trains.
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m00n (2259) 2011-10-28 10:29
I feel like my space sucks. Well shown.
Good simple, symmetrical composition in an interesting tone. Empty the platform with us no more impossible unless at 4 am.
All the best.
pajaran (55539) 2011-10-28 10:40
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa podacima o mestu i tunelu ...
Lep pogled na stanicu u tunelu, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast kojim ste istakli lepotu konstrukcije, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sa lepim vremenom.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good article with information on the site and tunnel ...
Nice view of the station in the tunnel, beautiful images.
Good Sharpness and contrast image which you have pointed out the beauty of design, beautiful color.
Pleasant evening and a quiet night with the beautiful weather.
All the best for the weekend.
bayno (18344) 2011-10-28 11:23
Ciao danos, beautiful the perspective and symmetry given by your high POV, I really like the graphics, even the very special light and the tons of color, nice compo with the bus, regards, Valter
Silvio1953 (131592) 2011-10-28 11:37
Ciao Danos, fantastic perspective on amazing tunnel, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
cornejo (36329) 2011-10-28 11:43
Γεια σας Δανός, μια καλή και ενδιαφέρουσα εικόνα αυτού του τούνελ, μια καλή απόφαση με σαφήνεια, η ποιότητα και το βάθος, μια καλή καλή δουλειά, συγχαρητήρια φίλε μου. Καλή νύχτα και ευτυχισμένο το Σαββατοκύριακο.
krzychu30 (15510) 2011-10-28 11:49
it´s a masterpiece,when it comes to interior shots.I like the symmetry here and the perfect execution.Excellent light,clarity and sharpness.Fascinating urban composition.Well done!
Have a good weekend
serp2000 (42188) 2011-10-28 11:52
Good evening, Danos,
Wow! Superb urban shot! Excellent DoF, impressive graphics, sharpness is great! Good presentation of Seattle. TFS!
Have a great weekend!
geoant68 (331) 2011-10-28 12:19
εξαιρετική η ποιότητα της φωτογραφίας σου από τον υπόγειο σταθμό της Pioneer Square,με τις λεπτομέρειες και τον φωτισμό του εσωτερικού του σταθμού να είναι υπόδειγμα φωτογράφισης.Η τέλεια συμμετρία είναι ένα από τα ατού του της απεικόνησης αυτής.
siudzi (34141) 2011-10-28 12:23
What a shot!! Really amazing station for taking pictures. Love the symmetry, composition and POV. Excellent graphical and visual effect have been created. Bravo! TFS.
marina7 (8055) 2011-10-28 12:37
Gorgeous shot, Danos. Light, airy and full of amazing geometry. Really like it, great job.
Thanks and have a great weekend,
Grumps (146) 2011-10-28 12:46
Wow this is real vertigo stuff, an amazing POV and very sharp DOF. I like this a lot, well done.
Fis2 (90753) 2011-10-28 13:15
Good frame and super perspective.
Have a nice weekend
papagolf21 (91370) 2011-10-28 14:49
Bonsoir, cher ami Danos,
Un choix de cadrage excellent pour mettre en valeur cette architecture grandiose.
Je suis admiratif du résultat, car la chose n'était pas facile.
francio64 (39744) 2011-10-28 15:52
hai gestito bene le luci qui, ottenendo un'immagine luminosa e ben definita.
Ottimo il DOF e bello l'effetto grafico ottenuto.
Sonata11 (33697) 2011-10-28 19:09
beautiful picture of this transit tunnel. Fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity, I like yours POV. Wondetful composition and frame. You did wonderful job to do this picture inside of the tunnel. Great quality of this image. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
edge (6765) 2011-10-28 19:43
Hello Danos, This a an excellent shot of the Metro Bus Tunnel. My last time in Seattle was in 1988, and at that time, there was lots of effort being directed toward completion of this exciting transportation locale. Good work with sharp and fine detail here. Also you have almost achieved perfect balance with the structure. Very fine work. Did you take any transportation while there? Regards, Roger
baddori (20011) 2011-10-28 23:12
Bella foto e interessante nota .
La foto mostra questa architettura complessa .
La foto alla luce della nota mostra una attivirà incredibile per questo trasporto .
Ormai il sotto terra è alternativo .
Graal (100488) 2011-10-28 23:57
very nice place and view. Good symmetric composition and shot from fine POV. Unusual tunnel. Photo I like a lot.
Have a nice day.
cargus (9602) 2011-10-29 1:57
A good picture, interesting point of view, well played by color and contrast.well done.!
ikeharel (63815) 2011-10-29 2:17
A superb light management indoors of the RR station, with fine details and depth.
Perfect bulbs lightened - no glare at all, which is not an easy task on places like this.
Cong.'s for a fine photo.
josepmarin (58027) 2011-10-29 3:41
a spectacular infrastructure in Seattle, with this tunnel, for the service of transport of buses and light rail trains, simultaneously.
It is a very interesting building, which we can enjoy because of your composition. I like the framing and the POV from above, that it emphasizes the great graphical power of this fantastic structure.
A great work, with a good exposure and a few very soft colors.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-10-29 4:57
a superb composition so full of light and interest. The symmetry is so appealing and your execution is flawless. Wonderful imagery!
Enjoy the weekend - best wishes Brian.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-10-29 5:04
A futurist shot! POV very well selected for give an image very well ballanced with a very good prospect open. The two trains and the peoples give rythm to the composition and too an interesting idea of the important scale.
Have a nice WE,
BennyV (14689) 2011-10-29 5:41
Industrial architecture, this place looks cold and unfriendly, a place you want to leave from (so maybe that makes it OK for a transit place?) - but your capture is spot on & really good work. A meaningful picture!
dkmurphys (53461) 2011-10-29 5:47
A very spectacular capture in this amazing structure. Fine light effects, a well captured composition.
npecanhuk (70752) 2011-10-29 6:57
Interesting urban environment!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, management of light and colors!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (27839) 2011-10-29 7:00
Bom dia Danos
Spectacular view of this tunnel.A masperpiece, surely. Congratulations and TFS.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-10-29 8:26
Excellent work and a nice view of the excellent fotopgrafija tunnel.
Cricri (111977) 2011-10-29 10:32
Superbe le POV , la profondeur,les détails particulière de cette architecture, bonne gestion des lumières, une belle réalisation
dip (23846) 2011-10-29 12:06
Γειά σου Δάνο,
πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία με εντυπωσιακή προοπτική και καταπληκτική οξύτητα και διαχείρηση φωτισμού,
προς το παρόν έχω πολύ δουλειά,ελάχιστο ελευθερο χρόνο και ακόμα πιό λίγο για το ΤΕ,μόλις που απαντάω σε όσους μου γράφουν τις τελευταίες ημέρες,
vasilpro (41163) 2011-10-29 13:07
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Πολύ όμορφη η φωτογραφία με την ενδιαφέρουσα μοντέρνα αρχιτεκτονική αυτής της οδικής σήραγγας, ωραίος φωτισμός και χρώματα, πολύ καλά διαλεγμένη και με συμμετρία γωνιά λήψης, η οροφή δίνει έναν όμορφο γραφίστικο τόνο στη σύνθεσή σου.
Να έχεις μια όμορφη Κυριακή, Βασίλης.
csabagaba (6630) 2011-10-29 15:24
Dan Have a nice evening!
Attractive photos from this station. Fine architectural structures, vehicles, and some people give the scale. The horizon is tilted a bit, I think. should have been set. But the bare concrete iy so impressive.
Have a nice weekend.
ChrisJ (105419) 2011-10-30 1:26
It's good to see the US breaking away from its dependence on foreign oil, & seriously starting to build public infrastructure like this, to make Americans less car dependent. Excellent sharpness & perspective. Tfs!
mesutilgim (89700) 2011-10-30 1:32
Good morning dear Danos,
Nice capture from Washington. Wonderfull pov and perfect graphism, created by the steel constraction at top.
Your signature at right bottom, seems to be an advirtisement on the station !!
TFS and have a nic Sunday
Longroute (19396) 2011-10-30 1:40
Most spectacular and graphic like often it happens with stations. The symmetrical shape and the long perspective offer a fine effect and the structure reminds that of a skeleton. Good lighting management and a metropolitan atmosphere.
Have a nice Sunday,
marcan44 (6301) 2011-10-30 2:14
perfetta esposizione nel tunnel della stazione bus.
Molto pulita e chiara la immagine con ricchezza di dettaglio.
La volta del tunnel crea con la sua geometria un effetto grafico molto piacevole.
Anche a te una buona domenica!
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2011-10-30 3:53
what a nice graphical presentation of this scene. Love the lines and curves and the symmetrical presentation of this frame. A great composition with excellent depth and perfect light. Excellent work. Tfs.
patdeph (35748) 2011-10-30 4:14
impressive perspective,good graphism,and a light perfectly managed.Very well done.
siolaw (38292) 2011-10-30 7:33
Geia sou Dano
It reminds me the hall of Bangkok airport you and me have posted! Good graphism and superb sharpness. Light is well controlled.
Giorgio (11279) 2011-10-30 7:50
- Another superb composition very modern and graphic Danos, perspective adds an indisputable more to this nice picture, well done!
Good end for this week-end.
claudeD (35901) 2011-10-30 11:46
Very interesting transportation picture from the US. I like the fine symetrical composition of this shot. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-10-30 11:52
Again, a spectacular photo, and futuristic. The centered framing works well. The exposure, the neatness, the colors are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
adramad (41096) 2011-10-30 12:28
Magnificent view, in this original composition, the vanishing point of the tunnel gives great DOF to the image, a perfect symmetry between the two platforms and trains good time with standing in both directions, a good graphic that gives the roof deck.
Good Housekeeping optimum brightness and sharpness.
I wish you a good start to the week.
anokutan (15097) 2011-10-30 12:38
Wonderful construction.Good frame and super perspective.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-10-30 13:08
a very spectacular photo with effective composition, I like the imposing architectural details and the superb lights, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday evening! Kellemes vasárnap estét kívánok!
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-30 13:59
It is a very powerful symmetrical setup. It has a very stunning effect on viewers. From the POV located high above, we are given an ultimately clear view of this place. The way you have framed the view is very much in your spirit, decisive and it leaves very little space for the confusion in the mind. I still remember the very first image I encountered in your gallery. And I remember well that I used the very same words to describe your work. It is very nice to know that the underling spirit of Danos is very much alive. I love the deep space captured in your frame. The colour rendition of the image is very well balanced. I like the image very much.
With my very best regards,
Have very creative days ahead, Danos
fabianoleite (10095) 2011-10-30 18:43
Excellent sharpness and perspective, the symetry is great and the elements make a perfect composition. Congratulations.
mvdisco (17784) 2011-10-30 20:42
A beautiful perpective and presentation of this lovely Downtown transit tunnel,
Excellent point of view of the Pioneer Square Station,
A great architecture and details,
Beautiful notes and details of this public transit tunnel.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-10-31 0:45
Wow!! great shot indeed...
very impressive graphics, sharpness is excellent...
unique POV...beautiful graphical and visual effect you have created... Tfs!
clic (16114) 2011-10-31 6:41
Tanks for your kind words Danos
Well, I must admit I'm deceived of not seeing a stained-glass rosette at the end of this underground cathedral that you captured with perfect symmetry and natural mid-tones for a magnificent tribute to the designer!
kato (11630) 2011-10-31 7:29
You're capturing well bus terminal with ceiling with arch style by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive and interesting to see the transit tunnel as you're saying. It's interesting in seeing the rail of electric trolley bus is still remaining. Surely, it's a resource of traffic nowadays though it seems as nostalgia of good old times. And, this transit is big scale as typical American style.
Atousa (7131) 2011-10-31 9:11
It is a magnificent shot.. these modern arches have created a great sense of depth.. I also like the management of light n the color harmony of this photo.. nicely captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
jafadabret (56501) 2011-10-31 11:18
Une photo très agréable avec ce graphisme qui souligne la perspective !
Excellente gestion des lumières !
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-10-31 12:43
Ola Danos ,
Beleza esta tua foto nesta estação de comboios em Seattle , magníficos os detalhes de arquitectura do tecto , boa profundidade de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
frunchy (1517) 2011-11-01 5:32
nice, symmetric view of this huge tunnel. I don't know what to make of the "Danos 11" so perfectly written next to the rail that i first thought it belonged to the station :) Well done my friend, best regards, F.
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-11-02 3:10
The picture has a great light management: there
is a lots of details (no hard shadows and no
The great composition makes the picture nice
calmness and creates with the great point of
view a lots of depth......Good work.
mkamionka (32851) 2011-11-02 15:07
great POV, and the perspective which resulted in a fantastic geometry. Perfect exposition.
I like how you have included your signature in your photo :)
amaryllis (36077) 2011-11-03 9:04
une superbe perspective à l'intérieur de ce tunnel grâce à ton cadrage très bien réalisé et qui nous permet d'en apprécier cette architecture moderne et le trafic à cette heure là
yedirenk (11244) 2011-11-03 14:11
Hi dear Danos,
perfect depth,perfect view angle..very impressive building with excellent architectural details.light and sharpness are great..TFS
jemaflor (90005) 2011-11-03 15:12
Good pov, great depth with this perspective, good exposure for a perfect light capture, well managed.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-11-03 19:31
Hello Danos, It is the symmetry in this shot that caught my eye, certainly forms an interesting pattern, well seen & captured, I also like the interesting tones. Well done.
Free travel, I didn’t think anything was free these days ;-)
delpeoples (55238) 2011-11-03 22:05
Kalimera dear Danos
Wow, what a maze for the eyes. I love the graphism and the perspective. The dominant neutral colours also contrast well with each other. A well-seen and well-executed photo.
macjake (62256) 2011-11-03 22:49
I know of this place in Seattle, i havn't been to it yet, but I will very soon i hope.
The lines, the depth, the perspective, its all great.
thanks for the reminder to get back here!
sacimar (26205) 2011-11-04 10:09
excellent panoramic view of this station, I like the perspective you chose and the visual effect you got, the image is very interesting, well seen,
Have a nice weekend,
Didi (59144) 2011-11-05 1:41
Interesting high perspective with a good management of lights.
Very good subject about this great town.
vrabieionut (2189) 2011-11-05 1:54
Very nice synthesis of urban and architectural photography. Light and composition are perfect for this picture.
Have a nice weekend,
s_lush (16134) 2011-11-07 11:12
As your shot shows, the Metro Bus Tunnel is very well designed and nicely decorated. You have captured it from a quite favorable point of view to capture a big portion of the tunnel with buses and passengers. Very bright, distinct and high-quality photo despite the indoor lighting conditions of the capturing. Perfectly well done!
ashres (1055) 2011-11-08 9:07
Symmetrically maintained curved roof with nice perspective view of the train platform from a quite interesting view. Nice composition. Nice pov.
nice shot. have a great time,
jmdias (59174) 2011-11-11 5:43
very nice job with framing and light. I liked the graphism of the image and its lines and curves. well done.
Angshu (56664) 2011-11-15 21:08
Good pespective & deep view. Good exposure in this symmetrical composition. It seems to empty the tunnel...must be at an odd hour! Good note as always!
paololg (31448) 2011-11-22 15:09
Ciao dear Danos,
great visual effect, it looks like a tail of a peacock! You have chosen an interesting POV, but above all you have captured a photo with a perfect photo quality, very difficult to get in an interior. Truly impressive the sharpness and the light management. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Wednesday!
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-03-11 17:02
You have a fine angle to make this shot. The tunnel has unique structure and details are well registered. Nice composition and thanks for sharing.
fabbs99 (16819) 2012-08-31 11:07
Nice sharp image of the tunnel with good lights.Perfect symmetry in the composition.
gus72 (3719) 2012-09-06 2:51
HI Danos !!
I just found this photo and it brings back memories......I have been there.... went to see the Boeing factory.
You managed the exposure very well by using f3.5 .... the picture is very sharp and the colours are very uniform.
have a nice week end.
zoomer (6) 2012-11-13 16:05
Hi,excellent centered pov with fine sharpness and color.When I was there last this was not finished yet.Maybe visit next year,all the best,Wolf.
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (91040)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Three weeks in USA
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-28 10:14