Crews still working to restore downtown Seattle light rail service

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Light rail service temporarily limited to stations between Stadium and Tukwila

Work is continuing toward restoring light rail service to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Until work is completed, light rail operations will continue to be limited to stations between Stadium and Tukwila International Boulevard.

“We thank our riders for their patience,” said Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl. “Crews are working hard to diagnose the source of the issues and meet the challenges that can come along with launching a new rail system.”

Until issues are resolved normal bus service in the tunnel will continue, along with special shuttle buses added to serve light rail passengers. South of the tunnel, trains will continue to operate on the 90 percent of the line that is located between Stadium and Tukwila International Boulevard stations. Staff will be present at Stadium Station and tunnel stations to help riders get to their destinations via King County Metro Transit buses and the special shuttles. No additional fare is required for Link customers to complete their trips using buses.

The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is the only tunnel in the world with transit stations served by both trains and buses. The tunnel’s unique joint operations framework depends on a control and signal system that is integrated with fire safety equipment and can be operated remotely. Safety is Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit’s top priority, and transit service is subject to disruption if the system is not functioning properly.

Riders can go to Bay C of any tunnel station and ride any southbound Metro Route 101, 106, 150, 174, 194 or 'Special Shuttle' to Stadium Station to connect with Link trains. From Stadium Station, they can ride any of those buses northbound on the SODO Busway at South Royal Brougham Way to get into the tunnel, or any northbound bus to get into Downtown Seattle.

Riders can sign up to receive automatic e-mail service alerts for Central Link light rail and other Sound Transit services. Alerts are a good way for riders to get the latest on service interruptions, construction issues, service for special events, and holiday schedules. Visit to learn more and sign-up.

CONTACT: Bruce Gray—(206) 398-5069 or

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