Project update

December 6, 2013

University Link now on track to open in first quarter of 2016 

Track construction on the platform level of the University of Washington Station 

Sound Transit will open the University Link light rail extension between January and March of 2016 - six to nine months earlier than previously scheduled. University Link is currently 79 percent complete and trending more than $100 million under budget. The mining phases that posed the biggest risks to the project schedule are complete. Contractors are currently installing rail in the twin tunnels and continuing construction at the two new stations on Capitol Hill and at UW. 

Opening early will require continued close coordination among the contractors building the stations and the follow-on systems contractors installing the power, communications and fire/life/safety systems necessary to operate the system. 

A trip from UW to downtown will take about six minutes regardless of traffic conditions. 

Staff will report back to the Sound Transit Board of Directors in late 2014 or early 2015 with a specific opening day for commuters to mark on their calendars. 

Construction of the Broadway pedestrian concourse to start January 2014

When the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station opens in 2016, an underground pedestrian concourse will allow riders to access the station from the west side of Broadway. To build the underground west entrance, Sound Transit's contractors must excavate portions of the road and sidewalks on Broadway between E Howell Street and E Denny Way. More information about the upcoming traffic impacts

See what the west entry will look like when it's completed.

December Capitol Hill Station drop-in sessions

Curious about construction progress? Want to know more about the Broadway pedestrian concourse? Come visit with Sound Transit staff to learn more. City of Seattle staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the First Hill Streetcar.

December 10, 2013, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Seattle Central Community College 
Room 1110-1111 1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, Washington, 98122 

December 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Broadway Farmers Market
1625 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122 

For more information: 206-398-5300 or ulink@soundtransit.org or visit the Capitol Hill Station web page

STars on Broadway celebrates fourth year 

Sound Transit, for the fourth year, is partnering with the Capitol Hill Chamber to shine a light on neighborhood non-profits that make life brighter for everyone on Capitol Hill.

Join us for a lighting ceremony:
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with Capitol Hill ArtBlitz
Meet at the corner of East John Street and Broadway

STart, Sound Transit’s art program, pairs an artist with a local organization selected by the Capitol Hill Chamber to create a custom STar inspired by the non-profit. These STars stay lit on the Capitol Hill Link light rail construction wall throughout the dark winter nights. The STars will be installed on the Capitol Hill Red Wall at East John Street and Broadway on Dec. 12. They will stay up through early February.

2013 Non-Profit STars on Broadway, and their STart artists:

Construction at a glance through October 2013* 

  UW Capitol Hill
Demolition 100% 100%
Station excavation 100% 100%
Tunnel construction - TBM mining 100% 100%
Tunnel construction – cross passage excavation & lining 100% 100%
Station construction 86% 37%
Power systems & track overall 17%    
Commissioning & pre-revenue tests 0% 0%
University Link Extension overall 78.7%    

* duration, cost and physical