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Six-week period of Link light rail service disruptions to start May 12

Longest work period will affect travel between SeaTac/Airport and Angle Lake stations; downtown stations also closed from late night June 21 through June 23

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Starting next Sunday, May 12, Link 1 Line service will undergo a series of disruptions as crews undertake work to connect the line to future extensions and perform necessary maintenance. The work will impact riders in different ways. Some disruptions will affect only a few stations or late-night service, while others will have a much broader impact. The timing of the work will allow Sound Transit to avoid impacting even more passengers after the 1 Line extension to Lynnwood opens on August 30.

The following is a rundown of the upcoming service disruptions.

Limited service between SeaTac/Airport and Angle Lake stations. The longest period of work will occur between SeaTac/Airport and Angle Lake stations, starting May 12 through June 22. During that time, crews will be doing work to connect the Federal Way Link Extension into the existing 1 Line. The work will also allow Sound Transit to store additional light rail vehicles just south of Angle Lake Station.

The additional cars are important for adding capacity for the Lynnwood extension. This was part of the creative solution that was developed to fill the gap until the 2 Line fully opens and provides access to the Operations and Maintenance Facility in Bellevue.

During the work period, a separate train will run between SeaTac/Airport and Angle Lake stations every 16-20 minutes. Southbound passengers continuing to Angle Lake Station will need to get off at SeaTac/Airport Station and get on this train. Similarly, northbound passengers traveling from Angle Lake Station past SeaTac/Airport Station will need to deboard and catch a northbound train at SeaTac/Airport Station. Passengers traveling to and from Angle Lake may consider transferring to the A Line at Tukwila International Blvd. Station for a quicker transfer experience during this time.

There will be no Link service between the two stations on May 12 from the start of service until noon, as well as all day June 1, June 2 until 10 a.m. and all day June 22. On those days, passengers will need to board the Rapid Ride A Line at no charge, one block from Angle Lake Station on International Boulevard to continue their journey.

Reduced service between Stadium and SeaTac/Airport stations.  On June 1 and 2, crews will be doing platform repair work at the Columbia City Station. Trains will be single tracking as one platform in each direction will be closed on each day.

During this time, trains will run every 10 minutes between Northgate and Stadium stations and every 20 minutes between Stadium and SeaTac/Airport stations. Southbound trains originating at Northgate will alternate between terminating at Stadium and continuing on to SeaTac/Airport. Passengers heading beyond Stadium Station should read the head signs on the train to avoid having to transfer. Passengers on northbound trains will not need to transfer.

Downtown stations closure. Starting at 10 p.m. on June 21, downtown Seattle stations will be closed through June 23 to allow crews to do tie-in work for the Eastlink extension. Trains will run every 15 minutes between Northgate and Capitol Hill stations and between SODO and SeaTac/Airport stations. (On June 23, service will have been restored to Angle Lake Station, so trains will run all the way from SODO to Angle Lake.) Bus shuttles will be running between Capitol Hill and SODO stations every 10 to 15 minutes.

Late night rail replacement. Every Tuesday night between May 14 and June 25, trains will run every 20 minutes starting at 11 p.m. to allow for rail replacement work.

Additional information about the service disruptions is available on our website.

During these disruptions, passengers traveling through the area should allow for additional time for their trip. Information about alternative routes that passengers may want to consider is available on our website.

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.

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