University Link Extension

University Link TBM

Project highlights

Mode:

Link Light Rail

Start of service:

Expected 2016

Overview:

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. 

Phase:

Construction

Facts:

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
Mar 27, 2015: Regional connections to Link; Downtown light rail service closed March 28-29 for system upgrade

U District: Late night work on Friday, March 20
Mar 17, 2015: U District: Late night work on Friday, March 20 to pour concrete for the light rail station foundation

Project update: University Link Extension
Feb 27, 2015: Capitol Hill Station's Red Wall coming down; Writing the City - Link light rail edition; Help improve connections; Construction at a glance