University Link Extension

University Link TBM

Project highlights


Link Light Rail

Start of service:

Expected 2016


University Link extends the existing light rail service to the north connecting the University of Washington and Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle and the airport. The project includes 3.15 miles of new tunnel track and two underground stations: one at Capitol Hill and one at the University of Washington.

University Link will serve the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington – downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. 




Length: 3.15 miles connects downtown Seattle to UW (Husky Stadium)

Rider projection: University Link will add 71,000 riders to the system by 2030, bringing the systemwide total to 114,000.

Budget: $1.9 billion

Construction type: Twin-bored tunnels

Funding partners: sales tax, MVET tax, federal grants

Latest news

Project update: University Link Extension
Jul 16, 2014: Win a VIP tour of the University of Washington Station at Annapurna Cafe

Fire alarm test at the University of Washington Station--Thursday July 10, 2014
Jul 8, 2014: This Thursday, July 10, Sound Transit’s contractor will test the fire alarm at the University of Washington Station.

Construction alert: Capitol Hill Station
Jun 12, 2014: Saturday work at the Capitol Hill Station site – June 14, 2014