Light Rail to UW debuts March 19

The highly anticipated extension of Sound Transit's Central Link will begin service on March 19, 2016 at 10 am.

[caption id="attachment_8555" align="alignleft" width="300"]The new station at Husky Stadium is underground and features direct connections to the campus, UW Medical Center, Burke Gilman Trail and the surrounding neighborhood. The new station at Husky Stadium is underground and features direct connections to the campus, UW Medical Center, Burke Gilman Trail and the surrounding neighborhood.[/caption]

That is six months ahead of schedule and more than $150 million under budget.

University Link will add two stations to the current line, one on Capitol Hill at Broadway and John Street and the other at Husky Stadium.

Riders will be able to take the same train from the University of Washington through downtown and all the way to Sea-Tac airport in 46 minutes.

King County Metro is planning a major restructure of bus routes in Northeast Seattle to serve the University of Washington Station and improve connections.

Sound Transit will be hosting a launch day party at both of the new stations. A tailgate at Husky Stadium and a street festival on Capitol Hill. Find out more here.

PSRC will be hosting its annual General Assembly  on March 31, at noon, at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium, in anticipation of the new light rail service.