The North Link Extension is a key part of Sound Transit’s mass transit system expansion approved by voters in 2008. Targeted for operation in 2024, four new stations and 8.5 miles of light rail will connect Mountlake Terrace to the communities of Lynnwood, Shoreline, Seattle, SeaTac, Federal Way, Mercer Island, Bellevue and others.
In November of 2015, the Sound Transit Board of Directors approved the Lynnwood Link Extension that will bring light rail service to Mountlake Terrace in 2024. Click here for a map of the final route and stations.
Click here to view a one-page overview of the project.
2016 - 2019 Final design and permitting
2019 - 2023 Construction
2024 - Open for service
The Sound Transit Freeway Station, located in the Interstate 5 median at 236th Street SW, opened for service on Sunday, March 20, 2011.
The facility serves as a connection with the third floor of the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center garage with a covered, concrete pedestrian bridge that crosses the northbound lanes of I-5. The station features include direct-access bus bays for northbound and southbound routes; fully accessible, weather-protected passenger platforms; attractive benches; and art-enhanced glass walls to minimize freeway noise.
Sound Transit’s Express buses serve Seattle seven days a week. The station's unique design allows swift transit access from the freeway to the facility, enabling transit agencies to run more frequent morning and afternoon peak, and midday and evening, service. Some Community Transit routes use the facility, and other Community Transit routes will continue to use the agency's adjacent transit center, which houses passenger drop-off areas, bicycle racks and lockers.
Freeway Station & Transit Center - Photo by SounderBruce