Impacts of Light Rail Service During Columbia City Station Construction

Between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., all other trains departing from Northgate and heading south will stop at Stadium Station.

SEATTLE— Light Rail Link passengers should prepare for two weeks of service impacts as Sound Transit makes improvements to the Columbia City station.

Between August 19 and September 1, the station’s southbound track will be closed to allow for work on the platform. The work includes removing existing platform slabs and replacing them after establishing a new surface to which they will reliably adhere, eliminating tripping hazards and safety hazards from slab cracks, according to Sound Transit .

Columbia City Station’s southbound platform will be closed during this two-week period. Passengers traveling in both directions will board the northbound platform. The direction in which the trains arrive at the station will be the direction in which the trains will continue.

Between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., all other trains departing from Northgate and heading south will stop at Stadium Station. Passengers continuing south will have to wait another 10 minutes before boarding the next southbound train.

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To avoid having to transfer to Stadium station, passengers should check the signboards on trains and board those destined for Angle Lake.

Early morning and late evening trains will run every 20 minutes between Northgate and Angle Lake.

Sound Transit staff will be available at Stadium station to assist passengers.

Passengers should watch closely Passenger Alerts. Throughout the two-week period, Sound Transit will maintain frequent communication with passengers.

The work on the Columbia City station is the first in a series of “Future Ready” projects that will help Sound Transit prepare to more than double the length of the light rail system over the next several years.

Further Future Ready work will include electrical work to minimize future disruption to downtown Seattle and work to replace more than three miles of overhead wire between Rainier Beach and Tukwila International Boulevard stations to increase the performance reliability of trains.

Jose P. Rogers