Sound Transit to extend frequency of hyperlink mild rail trains in Seattle in June

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Sound Transit will increase the frequency of connections on the light rail starting next week in preparation for a busier summer season in Seattle.




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Sound Transit Link Light Rail has fewer passengers than normal during the morning commute on March 16, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.


The agency announced that starting June 12, connecting trains will run every eight minutes during rush hour and every ten minutes at noon and on weekends. Late evening trains run every 15 minutes. Currently, the service runs every 12 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes outside of peak hours, with waiting times of up to 30 minutes for the late evening due to operator availability.

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The increase in service reflects a return to activities such as playing sports, working in the office, and traveling via Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the post-pandemic area. Passengers must continue to wear face covers on trains, as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The days are getting longer, the weather is warmer, the virus is withdrawing and we are all daring more and more. In the coming months, as more people return to normal routines, the expanded Link service will help drivers enjoy fast, congestion-free journeys again, “said Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit.” With the worsening traffic jams and traffic jams Even at pre-pandemic levels, Link’s benefits will continue to grow, particularly with our expansion of the service north to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate on October 2nd.

With the resumption of normal business, street parking fees increased by $ 0.50, or $ 1 an hour, for much of the city this month.

Later in the fall, residents will also have more traffic-free travel options with Sound Transit, as three new light rail stations open in the University District, Roosevelt and Northgate on October 2nd, and Northgate to downtown Seattle in just 14 minutes.

“You will never get stuck in canal traffic again,” said Dow Constantine, King County executive. “There is an eight-mile continuous subway tunnel from here to the Chinatown-International District.”

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