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Link to close between UW and SODO each weekend in April

Link Shuttle buses will operate instead of Link light rail north of SODO each weekend from April 2 through May 2 for East Link systems construction

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Work to connect the overhead catenary power and train signal systems for East Link to the existing system will require closing Link light rail stations from SODO Station to University of Washington Station for five consecutive weekends, starting April 2. 

Closures will begin at 10 p.m. on Fridays and continue until 4 a.m. Mondays on the following weekends:

  • April 2-4
  • April 9-11
  • April 16-18
  • April 23-25
  • April 30-May 2

During these times, Link light rail will run from Angle Lake Station to SODO Station. Link Shuttle buses will make surface stops at the closed stations between University of Washington Station and SODO Station. Fares will be required for Link, but will not be required for the Link Shuttle buses. 

Riders should look for signs directing them to Link Shuttle bus stops and for "Link Shuttle" on the bus destination signage. During busy times, Sound Transit ambassadors will be available at Link Shuttle stops to direct and assist riders.

Surface shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes over the weekend and every 15 minutes on Friday night. Light rail trains will run every 15 minutes between Angle Lake Station and SODO Station. Riders should plan extra time for their trips, which could take up to 45 minutes between SODO Station and University of Washington Station.

As part of the April closures, contractor crews will also conduct state of good repair maintenance activities and remove the temporary center platform at Pioneer Square station that was constructed for Connect 2020.

All Sound Transit passengers must wear face coverings consistent with public health directives. Riders should also follow social distancing and other critical health guidelines to protect the community.

A language line is available to provide translation assistance for limited English proficiency persons at 800-823-9230.

Sound Transit remains committed to working closely with its partners to continue serving the public. Efforts will continue to prioritize serving riders who depend on Sound Transit's services, including seniors, people with disabilities, Title VI protected populations (race, color, national origin), low-income and limited-English proficiency populations.

Riders can sign up to receive automatic email service alerts for Link light rail, ST Express, Tacoma Link, Sounder North and Sounder South. Rider Alerts provide information about schedule changes and help riders plan trips around inclement weather. Just go to soundtransit.org/subscribe-to-alerts.