Sound Transit allows busking at both Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Angle Lake Station. To perform at these sites, buskers must follow the guidelines below.
• Busking operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Buskers can only perform at approved sites. No busking when either the performer and/or the audience blocks pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic.
• Maximum performance time is two hours per busking site.
No more than five persons may perform at a site at a time without prior approval.
• Larger groups of six or more must receive approval to perform by submitting a large group performance request. Please include: number in group, performance site preference, dates, and approximate times of performance. It may take at least two weeks to receive approval, and first come first-served rules still apply.
• Buskers cannot use amplification. Performers must perform at volume levels that do not jeopardize the comfort of their audience as well as passersby.
• Sound Transit does not permit high-risk or unsafe performances—such as those involving knives or fire—that may put the public and/or the performer at risk.
• All performances must be suitable for a general family audience rating; Sound Transit does not allow profanity or obscene language.
• Performers acknowledge they perform at their own risk on Sound Transit property.
• No performing at any station during special events or festivals.
Sound Transit reserves the right to stop or relocate performers if they create a safety or security problem or interfere with transit operations. If performers fail to comply with these guidelines, Sound Transit can revoke busking privileges and ask the performer(s) to leave the station. If conduct violates other Sound Transit policies or state laws, the agency may employ its Suspension Policy. Sound Transit also reserves the right to revise these Busking Guidelines at any time.
General information about performing at Sound Transit stations
Sound Transit Link light rail stations are not public forums. While stations are accessible to the general public, they are not generally open to the public for expressive activity. Thus, they are not open public forums either by nature or by designation. Sound Transit light rail stations exist for public transit-related activities and provide limited space for other activities. Sound Transit has legitimate interests that impact expressive activities regardless of viewpoint, including:
• Maintaining safe, clean, secure and inviting light rail stations that retain existing users, and attract new users of public transit services.
• Preventing delays and inconvenience to riders by minimizing congestion and expediting boarding, transferring and de-boarding of transit vehicles.
• Reducing litter pickup and other maintenance or administrative expenses so as to maximize the provision of public transit services.
• Securing and maximizing the use of shelter space for persons using light rail stations.
Approved light rail station busking sites
Sound Transit has installed stainless steel stars in areas where busking is OK – areas that do not impede passenger flow through the stations. Approved busking sites are marked at the Tukwila International Boulevard Station (TIBS) and Angle Lake Station – just look for the star!