sound-transit-logoSound Transit released this month’s construction update for the University Link light rail extension, which is now over 90% complete! This is up from our last update in September when the project was only 87.2% complete. The University Link project remains ahead of schedule and under budget, and will be opening for service sometime in early 2016.

What to expect in the coming months:

  • At the Capitol Hill Station, the red wall will be removed creating a temporary reprieve from construction until the residential/commercial property development work begins in earnest; and
  • Restoration of Broadway and the Broadway Protected Bike Lane will begin.
Photo courtesy of SoundTransit, on Flickr.
Photo courtesy of Sound Transit, on Flickr.


Here’s where we’re at so far with project work:

UW Capitol Hill
Demolition 100% 100%
Station excavation 100% 100%
Tunnel construction – TBM mining 100% 100%
Tunnel construction – cross passage excavation and lining 100% 100%
Station construction 100% 81%
Power systems and track overall 62% 62% 62%
University Link Extension overall 91.6%

*As of December 2014

Data courtesy of Sound Transit.

For more information about the University Link light rail project which will bring Link light rail from Downtown to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, check out the project site.

Article Author
Gordon Werner

Gordon is a native New Yorker who wisely chose to leave the Northeast in the early 1990s. A past resident of Belltown, and Queen Anne, he currently calls First Hill home. He is a board member of the First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) as well as the FHIA Transportation Committee Chair and is constantly looking for ways to improve transportation up the hill.