An easy ride on a slick new light rail train can make your work commute or even a day of Seattle sightseeing much easier than driving through traffic and worrying about where to park the car. Seattle’s Link Light Rail is currently a 19 mile light rail system that connects University of Washington’s campus (at Husky Stadium) to Sea-Tac Airport. Fares are between $2.25 and $3.25 and allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as the train takes you between below ground tunnels and above ground on raised platforms with Mt Rainier in the distance and the city at your feet.
To me, what this light rail gives, is a chance to just sit and chill for awhile. Relax. Take in the city as you float by. Watch people. Not have to drive, sit in traffic, and park. It’s easy and it’s fun. If you have out of town guests, take a ride. Get off where you want and explore. There is so much of this great city at our fingertips that we haven’t seen and this light rail gives us the opportunity.
The two newest stations, at University of Washington and Capitol Hill, are artistically decorated. Capitol Hill’s station with two sliced pink fighter jets hanging from the ceiling (titled Jet Kiss by artist Mike Ross who used two retired U.S. Navy A4 Skyhawks), murals by Capitol Hill artist Ellen Forney, and bright yellow tiles. University of Washington’s station is located 100 feet underground with a series of escalators whisking you on your way. Artist Leo Saul Berk decorated this station with over 9000 custom designed panels brightly lit from behind. Once above ground at UW’s station, a new pedestrian bridge allows walkers and bikers to avoid traffic by connecting the station to upper campus and the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Operating hours for Link Light Rail:
Weekdays and Saturdays – 5:00 am to 1:00 am
Sundays – 6:00 am to 12:00 am
Weekday service – trains operate every 6 to 10 minutes during rush hour and midday operation, a bit longer early mornings and late night
During weekends – every 10 minutes during midday hours; every 15 minutes during mornings and evenings
From one end to the other (University of Washington to SeaTac Airport) it takes approximately 44 minutes