Last Friday night, Sound Transit tested Link Light Rail sharing the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel with buses. Buses and Link will share the tunnel until Link headways and/or extensions eventually re-align bus service to the surface. Here’s how the test is described in this week’s Sound Transit CEO Corner:
Last Friday evening, after the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel was closed for the weekend, we successfully ran light rail trains and buses together in the tunnel.
This was a significant achievement — the first time ever that trains and buses ran together in the tunnel. Friday’s test was necessary to make sure the tunnel’s signal system works properly, allowing trains and buses to use the tunnel at the same time. The good news is the test showed that the system works very well and trains and buses can both safely occupy the tunnel.
Two light rail trains and nine buses were used in Friday’s test, which took about 90 minutes.