The ten-week period of construction work to install East Link track and switches in International-District/Chinatown Station, a project Sound Transit has dubbed “Connect 2020“, has arrived.
Operational nuisances begin today and tomorrow with a full closure of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Just like happened a couple weekends last fall, shuttles will run every 7 minutes between SODO Station and Capitol Hill Station, and serve temporary bus stops at each station in between. Link will run every 10 minutes on tunnel closure days.
Both the shuttles and Link will be free all weekend. ST staff will be available at both Capitol Hill Station and SODO Station to answer questions.
Three other Metro route options remain available for a potentially faster connection between the two temporarily-disconnected Link segments:
- Route 8 between Capitol Hill Station and Mt Baker Station (probably not faster, but still an option)
- Route 48 between University of Washington and Mt Baker Station
- Route 60 between Capitol Hill Station and Beacon Hill Station
More details, including maps for the various shuttle stops, are available at ST’s Connect 2020 page.