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LINK Line 1 Lynnwood extension to open Aug. 30


The Line 1 Lynnwood station is nearing completion. – Photo credit Sound Transit

Just prior to opening the Line 2 Eastside Starter line from Redmond to Bellevue last weekend, Sound Transit announced the 8.5 mile Lynnwood Line 1 extension from Northgate into Snohomish County will begin serving four new stations Aug. 30, 2024.


"Pre-revenue service” phase of testing will begin in early May. Testing includes training for operators and maintenance staff, plus continued testing to ensure stations, tracks, utilities, and vehicles work together as expected in preparation for the start of service. 


The four stations are: Shoreline South/148th, Shoreline North/185th, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood City Center. The new service is expected to carry 47,000 to 55,000 passengers a day by 2026. Sample travel times are projected to be:

  • Lynnwood to Westlake station, Seattle, 28 minutes

  • Shoreline south (148th St.) to University of Washington, 11 minutes

  • Mountlake Terrace to Sea Tac, 56 minutes


The extended service will begin under a modified service plan resulting from a delay in opening the full Line 2 service across Lake Washington to Mercer Island. The original plan for Lynnwood service called for maintenance and repairs to be done in the newly opened Bellevue maintenance yard. Due to a setback in completing the rails on the floating bridge, that maintenance yard won't be available to the Lynnwood line.


As a result, Lynnwood departure times will begin with service every eight minutes instead of every four minutes. To handle the expected number of passengers the line will begin service with nine 4-car trains in addition to the usual 2-car train sets. In addition, during special events Sound Transit will add "gap" trains to handle exceptional crowds.


In addition Sound Transit will retain the 510 and 515 ST Express bus service lines from Everett and Lynnwood to Seattle until the full Line 2 opens across Lake Washington. Those express buses had been scheduled to be rerouted with the opening of the Line 1 extension.


Source: Sound Transit The Platform

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