Light rail turns 3, ridership keeps growing

Light rail turns 3, ridership keeps growing

Light rail turns 3, ridership keeps growing

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Sound Transit’s Central Link Light Rail line turned 3 years old Wednesday, and the agency says ridership continues to grow

Sound Transit said 21.6 million riders have taken the train since it opened July 18, 2009. Second quarter 2012 numbers who ridership up 10 percent over the same period last year, with an estimated 2.19 million riders. Sound Transit said about 28,000 riders use light rail every weekday.

"The strong ridership growth we're seeing quarter over quarter three years after opening day shows Link continues to mature and grow as the regional economy rebounds," said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who serves as the Sound Transit Board’s chairman.

The University Link line, connecting downtown Seattle with Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, is expected to open in 2016. A south-end extension between Sea-Tac Airport and S. 200th Street is expected to open around the same time.
 
A third extension between UW and the Northgate neighborhood is expected to open in 2021.

Extensions are also planned to Bellevue, Redmond, Mercer Island and Federal Way.
 

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