Sound Transit's Link Light Rail Service to Begin in July

Sound Transit Board Chair and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels recently announced that Link light rail service will begin on July 18, connecting downtown Seattle and Tukwila.

The launch will begin a new era for public transportation in the Puget Sound region, with work underway to expand the first 15 miles of light rail service to a 55-mile regional system over the next decade and a half.

The line includes stops in Downtown Seattle, SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley neighborhoods and Tukwila. Frequent bus connector service will carry light rail passengers between Tukwila and Sea-Tac International Airport starting July 20 until the opening of direct airport service in December.

Beginning on July 20, Link trains will run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Construction of light rail between downtown and the University of Washington is underway, with a scheduled opening in 2016. With the passage of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure in November 2008, light rail is scheduled to reach all the way to Lynnwood, Redmond's Overlake area and the Star Lake/Redondo area near Federal Way by 2023.