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Sound Transit last week announced that the Northgate Link light-rail extension will open to passenger service on Oct. 2.
The extension will offer 14-minute trips between Northgate and downtown Seattle. In addition to an elevated station at Northgate, trains will stop at new underground stations serving Seattle’s U District and Roosevelt neighborhoods.
Of the 4.3-mile extension, all but 0.8 miles of elevated track at Northgate are located underground.
The project’s $1.9 billion baseline budget includes a $615 million credit agreement under the federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, which provided significant long-term savings for regional taxpayers through reduced borrowing costs, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.
Sound Transit is working with the region’s transit providers on plans for having the opening coincide with fall service changes on ST Express, King County Metro Transit and Community Transit bus routes. In some cases, bus routes will be modified to allow riders to connect with the Link service.