University Link Extension

University Link TBM

Project highlights


Link Light Rail

Start of service:

Expected 2016


University Link extends the existing light rail service to the north connecting the University of Washington and Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle and the airport. The project includes 3.15 miles of new tunnel track and two underground stations: one at Capitol Hill and one at the University of Washington.

University Link will serve the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington – downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District. 




Length: 3.15 miles connects downtown Seattle to UW (Husky Stadium)

Rider projection: University Link is projected to add 70,000 daily boardings to the Link light rail system.

Budget: $1.9 billion

Construction type: Twin-bored tunnels

Funding partners: sales tax, MVET tax, federal grants

Latest news

Construction alert: Capitol Hill Station
Jul 9, 2015: Restoration of 10th Avenue E. and E. John Street continues

Project update: University Link Extension
Jun 30, 2015: First phase of University Link testing complete; Ride with Pride; alarm testing in July; construction at a glance

Construction alert: University of Washington Station
Jun 25, 2015: Montlake Boulevard Nighttime Lane Closures June 27