Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

We heard from nearly 6,000 people last November on how to best connect Metro bus service with the new light rail stops coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in 2016. Thank you to those of you who took the time to tell us how you’re currently using transit and how you’d like to use it in the future. View a full summary of what we heard.

What did we learn? Here are the highlights:

  • As it becomes less affordable for students and staff at UW to live close by, many people are commuting from Pierce, Snohomish, and the far-reaches of King County to work and go to school.
  • People want better East-West service from the University District to Sand Point, Green Lake, Fremont, Ballard and Queen Anne and from Capitol Hill to Ballard, Fremont and West Seattle.
  • Many people are excited about Link connecting them to Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle, Rainier Valley, and Sea-Tac Airport.

Where do you go, or where would you like to go, using transit? People’s answers to this open-ended question are recorded in this Google map. Out of hundreds of locations, the top destinations so far are:

  • SeaTac
  • Bellevue
  • West Seattle
  • Seattle Center
  • South Lake Union
  • Downtown Seattle
  • First Hill
  • Capitol Hill
  • University of Washington Medical Center and main campus
  • Fremont
  • University District
  • Ballard
  • Green Lake
  • Northgate Mall and Transit Center

Metro and Sound Transit planners are working with a Sounding Board (a community advisory group) to use this input to plan better connections in areas that will be served by light rail. We will be sharing bus change concepts in early March, and look forward to hearing more from you as we look at how to make the best of the investment of light rail service. Stay up to date on all things Link Connections by visiting our website here.