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Sound Transit opens airport LRT extension

On Dec. 19, Sound Transit opened the Link light-rail extension between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport.

An initial 14-mile segment from downtown to Tukwila opened in July. The final 1.7-mile segment from Tukwila to the airport, built in partnership with the Port of Seattle, helps Sound Transit provide a 36-minute ride to the airport from downtown with 13 stops. The airport handles 30 million passengers annually and employs 15,000 people.

Sound Transit’s next light-rail extension — scheduled to open in 2016 — will run from downtown to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. The agency also plans to build 36 more miles of light-rail extensions to Lynnwood, Bellevue, Redmond, Mercer Island and Federal Way by 2023.

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