Friday, December 18, 2009

Link light rail opens to SeaTac Dec. 19

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The Link light rail extension to SeaTac and Sea-Tac International Airport opens for passenger service on Saturday, Dec. 19. The 1.7-mile extension completes the line from downtown Seattle that opened July 18th.

Light rail service to SeaTac/Airport Station begins at 10 a.m. Passenger service will end at Tukwila/International Boulevard Station prior to the 10 a.m. opening of the final segment to the airport. Sound Transit and regional partners will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at SeaTac/Airport Station prior to the trains opening for public service. Volunteers will be on hand at the station and in the airport terminal to assist passengers over the weekend. 

Passengers will connect to the airport terminal via a new pedestrian bridge connecting the station with the fourth floor of the airport garage. The Port of Seattle has constructed a new separated pedestrian walkway through the garage to the terminal. Passengers can pick up and drop off luggage carts at the station and purchase Link tickets. There is no parking at the station but it can be accessed via a pick-up and drop-off area at International Blvd & S 176th St in SeaTac or through the airport parking garage. 

Link will operate on its normal Saturday schedule from 5 a.m. - 1 a.m. and regular fares will be required. On weekdays, the first train from the airport to downtown will depart at 5:16 a.m. and the last one will leave at 12:07 a.m.

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