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Link light rail

Planned service frequency*

Current plans call for Link light rail trains to run about every 6-8 minutes during peak periods, every 10 minutes during midday and evening, and every 15 minutes at night.

*Link trains will arrive every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends.

Service Period

Time Period

Time between trains

Early Morning

5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.


Morning Peak

6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Afternoon Peak

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.



6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Late Night

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.


Link and Metro fares

Many people have asked what the fares will be for Link light rail and how people will pay when transferring between buses and light rail.

Link fares

Sound Transit will announce proposed Link light rail fares in January. Open houses will be held during the month; check Sound Transit's web site [external link] for times and places. A public hearing about the proposed fares will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, 12-12:30 p.m. The Sound Transit board is scheduled to make a decision about fares on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m. Both the hearing and the board meeting will be held at Union Station, 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle, in the Ruth Fisher Board Room.

Fare payment

In 2009, Metro and Sound Transit, along with five other transportation agencies in the Puget Sound region, will begin using a new regional "smart card" called ORCA for fare payment. Customers may use this card to pay their fares for both Metro buses and Sound Transit’s Link light rail. When a customer transfers, the smart card will apply the payment for the bus ride toward the fare for Link, or the Link fare toward a connecting bus. Bus customers who pay cash fares must pay separately to ride Link. Link customers who pay cash will have to pay separately to then ride the bus. It will be easy to prepay fares using the smart card, either online, over the phone, by mail, at participating retail and customer service locations, or at card vending machines at Link light rail stations.

A link light rail map

Link light rail estimated travel times (in minutes)

travel times

A link light rail train
Link light rail cars are coming to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel this year.

Downtown tunnel will be open longer beginning summer 2009

Link light rail will operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel along with Metro bus routes. Beginning in summer 2009, the tunnel will be open later on weekday evenings and on weekends when Link light rail is operating. All Metro tunnel routes will operate in the tunnel instead of on the surface streets during these extended hours. The new tunnel hours will be approximately 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 6 a.m. to 12 midnight on Sundays.

Jan. 10, 2009