Its safety certification now complete, Sound Transit will open Angle Lake Station this Saturday at 11:00am. The 1.6 mile extension is the last station to open for the next 4+ years, when UDistrict, Roosevelt, and Northgate make their big entrance. Media were treated to a brief preview ride this afternoon, with our Bruce E. in attendance.
The station festivities will be much smaller than that of ULink, both as a result of the relative importance of the stations in the overall network and due to relentless criticism of Sound Transit’s ULink Party expenditures by the likes of the Seattle Times and KUOW. A dedication ceremony and the usual speeches will begin at 9:30am, and the first trains will begin revenue service at 11:00am. Alaska Airlines, the City of SeaTac, and a few other sponsors will host a party on the plaza from 11am-2pm.
It will be a relatively quiet day for weekend service, with the Huskies, Mariners, and Sounders all out of town, but expect the 1,600 stall parking garage to begin filling up on Sunday for the Seahawks home game against division rivals San Francisco.