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
Oct 23, 2014: Hilloween this Saturday, October 25, Nagle Place utility relocation to start as early as October 27, Community Supported Vertical Agriculture returns to the red wall, Construction at a glance

Fire alarm test at the University of Washington Station--Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Oct 20, 2014: This Tuesday, October 21, Sound Transit’s contractor will test the fire alarm at the University of Washington Station.

Construction alert: University of Washington Station
Oct 3, 2014: Update: Temporary sidewalk closures on Montlake Blvd.