The 2016 Link Extension

Starting in 2016, Sound Transit’s University Link light rail extension will connect the University District with Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle, Rainier Valley, and Sea-Tac Airport. Metro and Sound Transit are thinking about ways to connect the new light rail service with buses to make an efficient network of service.

The Link Extension will add two stations: one on Capitol Hill at Broadway and E John Street, and one at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. Light rail will offer an eight-minute trip between the University of Washington/Husky Stadium Station and downtown Seattle.

Proposed Light Rail Station at the UW's Husky Stadium.

The transit agencies have three public meetings scheduled in March seeking input on bus route changes that could happen in March 2016. Sound Transit Link light rail begins service between downtown Seattle and UW Station in the first quarter of 2016.

Public meetings are planned March 12, 19, and 26, where riders can speak with Metro and Sound Transit staff about how they might use transit once Link opens to Capitol Hill and UW stations.

Concepts are available online, showing how bus service could be more concentrated on key corridors, as well as a survey to gather rider feedback.

  • March 19, 6-8 p.m. at Seattle University (room TBD)
  • March 25, 6-8 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall
  • March 26, 6-8 p.m. at University Heights Center

Metro and Sound Transit have developed two alternative concepts for how bus service could be integrated with light rail. These concepts include new and improved connections and changes to make bus service more efficient, reliable, and easy to use.

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