Link projects cause delays for light rail riders, starting in July

SEATTLE — Riders of the Link light rail transit should expect intermittent delays from July through the early months of next year as Sound Transit moves forward with several “Future Ready” projects before the commissioning of line 2.

Transit officials on Tuesday unveiled a schedule of five upcoming projects, all to be completed before service extends to Eastside, south to Federal Way and north to Lynwood, adding a total 33 miles of track over the next three years.

“We need to make sure our system is ready for the major expansions ahead,” said Brooke Belman, interim CEO of Sound Transit. “While the disruption this work will cause is unavoidable, we will work hard to minimize the impact on passenger service. The end result will be a safe and improved system ready for our next phase of growth.”

Sound Transit has shared specific dates for the first two upcoming disruptions, which begin with the reduction of light rail service to every 20 minutes in both directions for tile replacement work at Columbia City Station. Similar delays will reoccur in October due to work in the city center transit tunnel.

Specific dates for work planned for later this year and early 2023 are still pending.

Here is the Sound Transit timeline:

  • July 11-July 24 and August 22-September 4: In order to replace the tiles at Columbia City Station, train frequency will be reduced to 20 minutes in each direction during all hours of operation during the shutdown. one track, which will require all trains to use a single track between Mount Baker and Tukwila.
  • Oct. 21 – Oct. 23 & Nov. 11 – Nov. 13: Due to work on the overhead catenary system in the Seattle Downtown Transit Tunnel (DSTT), train frequency will be reduced to 20 minutes in each management until 11 p.m. From 11:00 p.m. until the end of paid service, a Link shuttle bus will be available to connect passengers between Capitol Hill Station and SODO Station.
  • Q3 2022: In order to repair and replace the overhead catenary system, Link will be closed between Rainier Beach and Tukwila International Blvd. stations with a Link bus shuttle linking passengers between these two stations.
  • Q4 2022: Trains will be single track via DSTT and train frequencies will be reduced to 20 minutes.
  • Q1 2023: This work is required to complete the connections between the current 1-Line service and the new 2-Line tracks that will connect riders to the Eastside. The impacts remain to be determined.

Residents who rely on light rail to get around the area can sign up for jumper alerts and find out more on future delays on line.

Jose P. Rogers