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

U District: Early morning work on Saturday, December 20
Dec 18, 2014: Construction crews building the U District Station will be installing the gold construction wall along Northeast 43rd Street beginning as early as 7 am on Saturday, Dec. 20

What to expect in December 2014
Dec 9, 2014: Continued digging of underground station; continued building of temporary bridge; continued electrical and utility installation; sidewalk restoration begins

Sidewalk restoration along Northeast 43rd Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast in December
Nov 24, 2014: Sidewalk restoration along Northeast 43rd Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast in December