“Sound Transit will open the University Link light rail extension between January and March of 2016 – six to nine months earlier than previously scheduled. University Link is currently 79 percent complete and trending more than $100 million under budget. The mining phases that posed the biggest risks to the project schedule are complete. Contractors are currently installing rail in the twin tunnels and continuing construction at the two new stations on Capitol Hill and at UW.
Opening early will require continued close coordination among the contractors building the stations and the follow-on systems contractors installing the power, communications and fire/life/safety systems necessary to operate the system.
“A trip from UW to downtown will take about six minutes regardless of traffic conditions.
Staff will report back to the Sound Transit Board of Directors in late 2014 or early 2015 with a specific opening day for commuters to mark on their calendars.”