The sun's been shining, COVID-19 vaccines are here and there's some BIG news to look forward to later this year: the opening of the Northgate Link Extension.
Today, we are officially announcing the opening date for passenger service on Northgate Link. Mark your calendars for October 2 and get ready to ride!
The 4.3 mile light rail extension has three stations: two underground serving the U District and Roosevelt neighborhoods, and one elevated station at Northgate.
Reliable, traffic-free trips of only 14 minutes between Northgate and downtown Seattle start soon.
The opening will coincide with service changes on ST Express, King County Metro Transit and Community Transit bus routes that will be modified to allow riders to connect with congestion-free Link service.
Voters approved the Northgate Link extension in 2008 as part of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure.
Construction on the project began in 2012 following six years of planning. Twin boring machines began tunneling in 2014, completing the 3.5-mile twin tunnels in 2016.
With Northgate’s completion, Sound Transit will enter an exciting period of opening major light rail extensions every year through 2024, nearly tripling the region’s light rail system from 22 miles to 62 miles.
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