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Sound Transit Link riders should prepare for intermittent periods of travel impacts from July to early 2023

Sound Transit Link riders should prepare for intermittent periods of travel impacts from July to early 2023

Sound Transit announced that in July, Link riders should prepare for intermittent periods of less frequent service and replacement bus service, while a series of “Future Ready” construction and maintenance activities are preparing the agency to more than double the length of the light rail system. in the next three years.

These projects will position the light rail system for a period of transformative growth, but require passengers to watch for periods that will require planning ahead for longer travel times.

“We need to make sure our system is ready for the major expansions ahead,” said Brooke Belman, interim CEO of Sound Transit. “These projects will impact far fewer runners now than if we postponed them until new extensions open. While the disruption these works will cause are unavoidable, we will work hard to minimize the impact on service at our passengers. The end result will be a safe and improved system, ready for our next phase of growth.

Below are the dates and details for the first two phases of the Future Ready projects, as well as what to expect with subsequent work. Sound Transit will issue updates and passenger alerts including specific dates and durations for these projects as details are finalized.

Period of time Travel implications

July 11-July 24

Aug 22-Sept. 4

In order to replace the tiles at Columbia City Station, train frequencies will be reduced to 20 minutes each direction during all hours of operation during a track closure, requiring all trains to use a single track between Mount Baker and Tukwila.

Oct. 21-Oct. 23

11 Nov-Nov 13

Following work on the overhead catenary system in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT), train frequency will be reduced to 20 minutes each direction until 11 p.m. From 11:00 p.m. until the end of paid service, a Link bus shuttle will be available. to connect passengers between Capitol Hill station and SODO station.
A period of five days in 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.
A period of at least three weeks in Q4 2022 Trains will be single track via DSTT and train frequency will be reduced to 20 minutes.
Q1 2023 This work is necessary 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.

Throughout these service impacts, the agency will communicate frequently with passengers to help them plan their journeys.

Summary of Future Ready Projects and Benefits

Columbia City Station Tile Replacement is required to replace the failed station tiles on the platform. The tiles fail before their expected life due to problems with the concrete underneath and create a safety hazard.

Work scheduled for October and November in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) will divide the tunnel’s overhead catenary system into four separate sections. Thanks to these works, for many projects the whole tunnel will not need to be closed for future works in a single section, as is currently the case.

The fourth quarter work in the DSTT consists of repairing equipment and rails. This work will reduce the risk of delays and result in a smoother journey for customers.

Replacement of escalators and elevators

At the same time as Future Ready projects kick off, Sound Transit will continue to work to replace virtually all DSTT escalators and elevators. When Sound Transit took over the installation last year, all but one of the 58 vehicles had exceeded their expected lifespan, and their unreliability is a frequent source of frustration for Sound Transit passengers.

The bulk of the $96 million budgeted for DSTT capital improvement projects through 2025 is dedicated to funding the assessment and design of replacement vertical transportation assets. The agency thanks passengers for their patience while these important upgrades take place.

Sound Transit is simultaneously working to expand light rail north, south, east and west, doubling the size of its system to 62 miles over the next few years. The East Link extension will extend service from downtown Seattle to Mercer Island, downtown Bellevue and the Overlake neighborhood of Redmond. Construction is underway to further extend service to downtown Redmond. Construction is also underway to extend service to Lynnwood and Federal Way.