Sound Transit Central Link

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This light rail operation is currently under contract to King County Metro, the owner of the line is Sound Transit. This light rail goes from University of Washington Station to Angle Lake Station.


Route Details

The routes goes from University of Washington Station, via Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Sea-Tac Airport to get Angle Lake Station.

This line will have a future connection to East Link.

Stations

History

In November 1996, voters in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties approved increases in sales taxes and vehicle excise taxes to pay for a US$3.9 billion transit package that included $1.7 billion for a light rail system, including Central Link and Tacoma Link. The original 21 mile Central Link line approved started at Sea-Tac Airport, traveling north to downtown Seattle, and finally terminating at the University of Washington.

In 2001 the line was shorted to 14 miles, with the section from downtown to the airport being built. The section from downtown to the University of Washington was still going to be built but would open at a later date.

The initial section from Westlake Station to Tukwila International Blvd opened on July 18th, 2009. There was a shuttle bus contracted to be operated by Pierce Transit that took passengers from Tukwila International Blvd Station to Sea-Tac Airport. This service ended on December 19th, 2009, when the extension to the airport opened.

The ballot measure Sound Transit 2 passed in 2008 which approved extensions to Northgate by 2021, Bellevue by 2023 and Lynnwood by 2024. It also approved the extension to Angle Lake.

The ballot measure Sound Transit 3 passed in 2016. It approved extensions to Federal Way, downtown Redmond, Issaquah, South Kirkland, Ballard, West Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma. These extensions are planned to open between 2024 and 2040.


  • November 1996 - Voters approve 21-mile light rail system.
  • 2001 - light rail line shortened to 14 due to cost.
  • 2008 - Sound Transit 2 approved.
  • July 18, 2009 - Service starts from Westlake Station to Tukwila International Boulevard Station.
  • December 19, 2009 - Service starts from Tukwila International Boulevard Station to SeaTac / Airport Station.
  • March 19, 2016 - University link extension opened for service. Added Capitol Hill Station and University of Washington Station.
  • September 24, 2016 - Angle Lake Station opened for service.
  • November 2016 - Sound Transit 3 approved.
  • March 23, 2019 - End of joint bus/light rail operations in the Downtown Transit Tunnel.

Future

ST3 Extension

Central Link light rail currently has extensions to Northgate, Bellevue, Redmond, Lynnwood, Everett, Kirkland, Issaquah, Ballard, West Seattle, Federal Way, and Tacoma underway.

  • 2021 Northgate
  • 2023 Bellevue/Overlake
  • 2024 Redmond, Lynnwood, Federal Way
  • 2030 Tacoma, West Seattle
  • 2035 Ballard
  • 2036 Everett
  • 2041 South Kirkland, Issaquah

When light rail extends to Overlake in 2023, Link will add line colors. Angle Lake to Northgate will become the red line, and Northgate to Overlake will be the blue line. When the West Seattle extension opens the current corridor will be split into two different lines. SODO Station south to Federal Way will become the Green Line. SODO station north to Northgate will become the Red Line

Future Lines

  • Red Line: Everett - Ash Way - Lynnwood - Northgate - U District - Seattle - West Seattle
  • Blue Line: Mariner - Ash Way - Lynnwood - Northgate - U District - Seattle - Bellevue - Redmond
  • Green Line: Ballard - Seattle - Airport - Federal Way - Tacoma
  • Purple Line: South Kirkland - Bellevue - Eastgate - Issaquah

Vehicles

The trains are maintained in site near the SODO Station using Kinkisharyo LRV numbered 101-135, and 136-162.

Sound Transit has ordered 152 Siemens S70 vehicles for its extensions to Northgate, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Federal Way and to allow Link to operate 4-car trains. The Kinki Sharyo cars and Siemens cars will be able to connect mechanically so they can connect and move stuck trains, however will not be compatible electronically and will not be put in revenue service together. Sound Transit will also be building two more operations and maintenance facilities (OMF). One will be built in Bellevue between Wilburton and Spring District stations (OMF East) and one in south King County between Kent and Federal Way(OMF South).

Central Link Fleet

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
101-135 Sound Transit 119-a.jpg 2006-2008 Kinkisharyo LRV Mitsui 1500V DC
136-162 Sound Transit 162-a.jpg 2011 Kinkisharyo LRV Mitsui 1500V DC

Future Central Link Fleet

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
201-352 Link S70.jpg 2019-2020 Siemens S70
  • Can not operate with the first generation of light rail cars.
  • 152 Cars [1]

References

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Fleet
ST Express 9090-9091 9092-9121 9122-9123 9124-9126 9200 9201-9222 9301-9312 9537-9552 9553-9565 9566-9583 9584-9586 9587-9596 9600-9621 9622-9623 9624-9636 9637-9647 9648-9651 9652-9659 9700-9712 9713-9719 9720-9722 9723-9739 9800-9813 9814-9817 9818-9822 41501-41517 41601-41605 51401-51403 61401-61407 91501-91505 91701-91732 Non-service fleet
Retired ST Express 801-827 5019-5021,5194-5210 9000-9069 9070-9089 9400-9419 9500-9524 9525-9536
Sounder Rail 101-111 112-118 201-214 201-230 231-240 321-329 901-904 905-906 907-911 921-923
Tacoma Link 1001-1003
Central Link 101-135 136-162
Routes
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510 511 512 513 522 532 535 540 541 542 545 550 554 555 556 560 566 567 574 577 578 580 586 590 592 594 595 596

Former:

505 506 530 531 546 564 565 570 582 585 591 593 599

Sound Transit Link Logo.png Central Link Tacoma Link
Future:

Blue Line Green Line Red Line Purple Line

Sound Transit Sounder Logo.png Sounder North Sounder South
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  1. https://www.siemens.com/press/en/feature/2017/Mobility/2017-05-s70-seattle.php