In General
Getting Here
Station by Station


In General

Location / Name:
Seattle WA

What's Here:
Light rail system operated by Sound Transit, the region's mass transportation operator.

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 410/443c
ZIP: 21228

Access by train/transit:
Amtrak - one block away from the International District / Chinatown station

The Scoop:
The light rail system had it's start in 1996, when the voters approved a bill to increase taxes to help, in part, to pay for a light rail system.  Sound Transit however, didn't have its groundbreaking until 2002.  The Tacoma Link Light Rail System opened 8/22/003.  Groundbreaking for the Central Link Light Rail System was on 11/8/2003.  The line opened on 7/18/2009, and ran between Westlake and Tukwila.  A few months later, on 12/19/2009, a 1.7mi (2.7km) extension was opened to Sea/Tac Airport.  The extension to the University of Washington was started in 2008, and opened on 3/19/2016, a 3.1mi add-on.  The small extension to Angle Lake was opened on 9/26/2016.  As of the end of 2016, the line is 20.3mi long (32.8km).

As of the end of 2016, the following extensions were planned:

A map of the extensions plus one idea for the I-90 bridge:


Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

I-90 brings you in from the east, I-5 brings you up from the south and from Vancouver ON (about 130mi) to the north.


The above map in PDF format is here

Station by Station


Opened in 2021.


Opened in 2021.

U District

Opened in 2021.

University of Washington

Capitol Hill


University (Square)

Pioneer Square

International District (Chinatown/Amtrak)



Beacon Hill

Mount Baker

Columbia City


Scheduled to open in 2031.


Rainier Beach

Boeing Access Road

Scheduled to open in 2031.

Tukwila International Blvd

Photo by Joel Rogers

Sea/Tac Airport

Angle Lake


None for now


The Link Light Rail has two main lines: Central Link and Tacoma Link. This light rail has a total extension of 35 kilometers, and a total of 21 stations. The two routes have no connection between them. The price of the tickets is calculated based on the distance traveled. The prices range from 2.25 $, for short rides, to 3.25 $, for the longest rides. The Link Light Rail business hours are from 5:00 am to 1:00 am, from Monday to Saturday as its mentioned in Metro map Seattle. The schedule changes during Sundays and Holidays. The Link Light Rail, and it crosses the city from North Seattle to the south of the city. It has a length of 35 kilometers, 21 stations, and two lines. The system had two inauguration dates for each line, even though both lines belonged to the same project and the construction works for both lines began almost at the same time. The Tacoma Link line began to operate on the year 2003, while the Central Link line began operations on 2009.

The Link Light Rail has two main lines, and it has a total of 35 kilometers of railway length and 21 stations as you can see in Seattle subway map. The light rail transports over 80 thousand users daily, resulting in a yearly ridership of approximately 24 million passengers. The two routes have no connection between each other since they both offer transportation on different regions within the city. Central Link: It began operations on July 18th, 2009. It is 32.4 kilometers long, and it offers service to 16 stations. Its journey starts to the north of the city, at Washington University, and then goes through downtown Seattle, until it finally reaches the south of Seattle, at the region of SeaTac. Stations: University of Washington, Capitol Hill, Westlake, University Street, Pioneer Square, International District/Chinatown, Stadium, Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach, Tukwila International Boulevard, SeaTac/Airport, Angle Lake.

Tacoma Link: this line began operations on August 22nd, 2003. It has 2.6 kilometers of length, and it is divided in six stations as its shown in Seattle subway map. Its journey starts on the northern end at the center of the Tacoma neighborhood, and it travels throughout most of the region. Its journey ends near the Tacoma Dome. Stations: Theater District, Commerce Street, Convention Center, Union Station, South 25th Street, Tacoma Dome. The tickets to board the Seattle Link Light Rail can be acquired at ticket vending machines at stations, through the use of the Transit GO Ticket app, or, instead of using tickets, you could buy the refillable cards called ORCA. The Transit GO Ticket app is available for free on the application online stores of mobile phones


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