A light rail test train sits on the tracks at the Northgate Station platform.
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A light rail test train sits on the tracks at the Northgate Station platform.

Fresh pics: Test trains rolling to Northgate

New stations open in September

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It's happening. 

Test trains have started rolling the length of the new Northgate Link Extension opening (on time and on budget) in September.

This is an important next step as we prepare to open the new stations at the Northgate, Roosevelt and U District neighborhoods.

Trips from Northgate to Westlake will take 14 minutes, U District to Capitol Hill will take six minutes.

Those are not typos.

Over the next nine months crews will continue testing the power, communications and fire/life/safety systems at the stations and in the tunnels leading up to the final safety certifications needed to open to the public. 

Opening day won't have the same big public celebrations as in past years because of the pandemic, but we're planning ways to stretch out opening day excitement over a longer period.

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We can't wait to show you around!

For now, enjoy the fresh pics and that new station smell you can almost get from these photos.  

Test trains stage at U District Station.
Test trains stage at U District Station.
Looking down the stairs to the U District Station platform as trains roll through.
Looking down the stairs to the U District Station platform as test trains roll through.
A view from the Operator's cab during testing in the tunnels between University of Washington Station and Northgate Station.
View from the Operators cab of a test train running in the new tunnels between University of Washington and Northgate stations.
Test trains pass above one of the bus transfer stops at Northgate Station.
Test trains pass above one of the bus transfer stops at Northgate Station.
Test trains rolling along the elevated tracks leading to Northgate Station.
Test trains rolling along the elevated tracks leading to Northgate Station.

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