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Commuting to and from Seattle Central College is about to become much easier for students and employees thanks to expanded light rail service. The new Sound Transit University Link Extension, scheduled to open in March will directly connect a new Capitol Hill station, located next to campus, with points including the airport, the Rainier Valley, downtown and the University of Washington.
Light rail is fast, frequent and reliable. During popular commuting times – weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m. – trains will run every six minutes. For most other times during weekdays, they will run approximately every 10 – 15 minutes. Hours are 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day. As an added benefit, more light rail commuters also means less congestion on the roads and in parking areas.
Looking to take classes at both the University of Washington and Seattle Central? A ride to the UW Station will take just four minutes. Downtown is just four minutes away, and a ride to the airport will take about 40 minutes.
To mark the station opening, scheduled for Saturday, March 19, Seattle Central will staff an information booth at a community-wide celebration for launch day.
Last month, the First Hill Streetcar also started carrying passengers for the first time. The route begins in the International District and ends at the north end of Seattle Central’s campus.
The Streetcar runs approximately every 10 – 20 minutes. It is open between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Students and employees can use their discounted ORCA cards on the Sound Transit light rail system, the Seattle Streetcar as well as on King Country Metro, Community Transit, and most other regional public transportation services.