Several people have commented here that they’ve been on peak-direction trains that have kicked them off at either Rainier Beach or Beacon Hill. I suspect I’m not the only person who’s followed up directly with Sound Transit.
What’s going on is when we go from 7.5 minute morning peak service to 10 minute midday service (or 7.5 evening peak to 10 and then to 15), some trains need to be taken out of service. Taking the train all the way to the end of the line and out of service there would result in the train having to run empty back to base, confusing passengers.
It seems like a good solution would be to only take trains out of service in the off-peak direction. So in the morning, instead of kicking everyone out at Beacon Hill, the train would go through to Westlake, and then come back with a SoDo Only sign and special announcements. People will still get kicked off, but a lot fewer of them.
Sound Transit staff tell me they’ve been following up with Link operations internally. This will improve.