Two trains are seen on both sides of the platform at the new U District Station during the testing phase.
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Connecting more people to more places, more sustainably.

Expanded Link runs on 100 percent green energy

Go green when you ride to the new stations, opening Oct. 2

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When you take light rail, including to the three new stations in the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods starting this fall, you're helping to reduce pollution and make our communities healthier

Our Link light rail system runs on 100 percent carbon-free electricity - the first major light rail system in the country to go completely green! 

This was made possible through an innovative agreement with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to purchase wind energy directly from the utility's Green Direct program.

Here's how:

Public transit is great for the environment, but we want to make it even better.  And we have great partners in PSE and Seattle City Light. 

The Green Direct program supplies renewable energy to customers from the largest wind project in western Washington, the Skookumchuk Wind Facility.

Green Direct provides renewable energy directly to six Link Light Rail accounts that serve the Airport Station and Angle Lake Station. These six accounts alone account for just over 70 percent of the agency's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity.

Because the rest of the Link system is powered by Seattle City Light, the nation's first carbon neutral electric utility, all of Link light rail now runs on carbon-free and renewable energy. 

Go north, go green

Renewable energy isn't the only green feature of the new stations in north Seattle. 

We're proud to have played a role in helping restore Thornton Creek in Seattle's Northgate neighborhood as part of the Link light rail extension.

This wetland project helped to reduce downstream flooding and improve habitat quality for salmon and trout.

Thornton Creek, Seattle’s largest urban stream, was “daylighted” in 2008 after decades of being buried.

The creek and its inhabitants (including the green darner dragonfly, the state insect of Washington)  also inspired the art at the station.

A stained glass dragonfly is etched into the windows at Northgate Station.
Mary Ann Peters was influenced by the natural environment surrounding Northgate Station as she created 'darner's prism.'

The Roosevelt neighborhood also values its namesake (President Theodore Roosevelt) and his treasured cause of sustainability and conservation.

It's known as a great area for walking, biking and transit, especially with the new light rail station opening Oct. 2. 

Speaking of biking, the new stations have plenty of options for parking and storage, including BikeLink on-demand lockers.

Go to www.soundtransit.org/bicycles for more information, or email bicycles@soundtransit.org.

Bike lanes are seen next to U District Station.
Make your trip even greener by combining bikes with transit! These are the bike lanes by U District Station.

Sound Transit supports people, planet and prosperity by providing affordable, environmentally-friendly public transit that connect residents to where they live, work and play.

We can't wait to see you onboard, and to welcome you to these new stations!

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