Washington State’s Sound Transit to open University Link extension in mid-March

February 1, 2016

From RT&S Magazine

Sound Transit‘s University Link light-rail extension will open to passenger service on March 19, six months ahead of schedule and more than $150 million under budget.Website Insert Turnkey Packages copy

“With fast, frequent trains bypassing some of the region’s worst traffic, thousands of people will now be able to get to work, school and appointments on time, every time,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The 3.1-mile extension of the current light-rail line that opened in 2009 includes stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington near Husky Stadium. The trip from UW to downtown Seattle will take eight minutes, bypassing some of the most congested traffic in the region.

Through the efforts of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee and other congressional leaders, Sound Transit secured an $813 million federal grant for the $1.8 billion project.

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