University Link Extension

Project Highlights


  • Link light rail

Start of service:

Early 2016

University Link will connect the University of Washington and Capitol Hill to existing light rail service from downtown Seattle to the airport. 

Ride from University of Washington to downtown in eight minutes and on to the airport in less than an hour.


  • Construction


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


  • Seattle Area

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