It is approximately a four-mile run through the
Rainier Valley, with most of it at street level in the reserved
median of Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. Trains are restricted
to street traffic speeds, and
traffic signals are prioritized for rail movements. There are
three surface stations along this portion of the route.
Sound Transit is proud of its public art, and each station area has
some distinct feature or features to it. Near the north end of Columbia
City Station, this 36-foot tall implement is entitled "Global Garden
Shovel" by Victoria Fuller. On first viewing, at least to this observer, it
is a bit of a shock to the senses.