Link light rail, Sound Transit Express will be free all day on New Year’s Eve

The Link light rail and Sound Transit Express buses will be free all day on New Year’s Eve, the transit agency announced Wednesday.

Light rail and buses will run free from 4 a.m. Friday and until 2 a.m. Saturday. Sound Transit will also extend service for people returning from the festivities, with the last southbound train leaving Northgate station at 1.46am and the last northbound train leaving Angle Lake at 1.37am.

“We want to make sure that everyone going out that day can safely enjoy the vacation,” said Kent Keel, chairman of Sound Transit’s board of directors. “You can ride the light rail or ST Express for free without worrying about standing in traffic after your celebration.”

Expressways 522, 545, 550, 554 and 594 will also operate after midnight.

“This is the first time that all of the region’s transit agencies have teamed up to promote the safest mode of transportation on New Year’s Eve,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “We all want to bring every family together safely as we ring in 2022 while expressing our gratitude to our runners.”

You can find the full list of route changes on the Sound Transit website here.

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