Seattle-Tacoma

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Overview - Seattle-Tacoma

Located between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, Seattle is the seat of King County and the largest city by population in Washington. It has approximately 724,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2017. Further south, Tacoma is the seat of Pierce County and is the third largest city by population in Washington with approximately 213,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2017. The Seattle metropolitan area (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue) comprised 3,939,363 residents as of the 2017 US Census Bureau Estimate.


The Puget Sound's rapid transit network consists of a light rail line. It also has two commuter rail lines. Seattle is also served by two modern streetcar lines and a short monorail, while Tacoma is served by a modern streetcar line. It also has two arterial bus rapid transit services in Snohomish County. There is also a rapid bus network within Seattle, which is not covered on this website.

Link Light Rail

Opened 2003, Link Light Rail consists of a light rail line and a modern streetcar line that serve the Seattle Metropolitan Region (Puget Sound).

As of July 9, 2019, extensions to Northgate, Bellevue, Redmond, and the Hilltop District of Tacoma are under construction. Further expansion is planned to Lynnwood.

The Link Red Line of the Link Light Rail is a 32.75 km light rail line on a North-South alignment, running from the University of Washington in the north to Angle Lake in the south via the Seattle Transit Tunnel in Downtown Seattle and Seattle Tacoma International Airport, serving 16 stations.


The Link Red Line was opened in July 2009 and the last extension to the line was in Sept 2016 to Angle Lake. The Link Red Line is owned by Sound Transit and operated by King County Metro.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Link Red10'6'10'10'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

The Tacoma Link Orange Line of the Link Light Rail is a 2.6 km modern streetcar line. It runs from Theater District/S 9th Street in downtown Tacoma to Tacoma Dome in the southeast, serving six stations.


The Tacoma Link Orange Line was opened in August 2003 and the last expansion was the opening of the Commerce Street/South 11th Street infill station in Sept 2011. The Tacoma Link Orange Line is owned and operated by Sound Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Tacoma Link Orange12'12'12'24'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Seattle Center Monorail

Opened March 1962 for the Century 21 Exposition, the Seattle Center Monorail consists of a single monorail line in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Center Monorail

The Seattle Center Monorail is a 1.54 km straddle beam monorail line shuttling between two stations - Seattle Center in the northwest and Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.


The Seattle Center Monorail was opened in March 1962.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Monorail10'10'10' 10'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Seattle Streetcar

Opened December 2007, the modern Seattle Streetcar consists of two modern streetcar lines in downtown Seattle.

As of July 2019, a city center connector between the two lines is being considered.

South Lake Union Streetcar

The South Lake Union Streetcar is a 2.1 km modern streetcar line. It runs from the Westlake transit center to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and serves 11 stops.


The South Lake Union Streetcar was opened in December 2007. The South Lake Union Streetcar is owned by the City of Seattle and operated by King County Metro.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
South Lake Union10'10'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

First Hill Streetcar

The First Hill Streetcar is a 4 km modern streetcar line. It runs from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill and serves 10 stops.


The First Hill Streetcar was opened in January 2016. The First Hill Streetcar is owned by the City of Seattle and operated by King County Metro.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
First Hill12'10'12'15-18'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Swift Bus Rapid Transit

Opened November 2009, Swift Bus Rapid Transit consists of two arterial bus rapid transit lines serving Snohomish County.

Swift Blue Line

The Swift Blue Line is a 26.9 km arterial bus rapid transit service on a north-south alignment. It runs from Everett Station in the north to Aurora Village Transit Center in the south primarily along Evergreen Way and serves 23 stations of which 12 are comprised of offset station pairs and one of which is in a single direction only.


The Swift Blue Line was opened in November 2009. The Swift Blue Line is operated by Community Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Swift Blue10'10'15'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Sept 14, 2020

Swift Green Line

The Swift Green Line is a 20.1 km arterial bus rapid transit service on a north-south alignment. It runs from Seaway Transit Center in the north to Canyon Park Park & Ride in the south primarily along Airport Way and serves 18 stations of which one of which is in a single direction only.


The Swift Green Line was opened in March 2019. The Swift Green Line is operated by Community Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Swift Green 10'10'20'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Sept 14, 2020

Sounder Commuter Rail

Opened Sept 2000, Sounder Commuter Rail consists of two commuter rail lines serving the Seattle Metropolitan Region.

South Line

The South Line (Lakewood-Seattle) is a 78 km commuter rail line on a North-South alignment. It runs from Seattle in the north to Lakewood and Tacoma in the south, serving four stations.


The South Line was opened in September 2000. The South Line is operated by BNSF.

North Line

The North Line (Everett-Seattle) is a 56 km commuter rail line on a North-South alignment. It runs from Everett in the north to Seattle in the south, serving nine stations.


The North Line was opened in December 2003. The North Line is operated by BNSF.

References & Helpful Links

Link Light Rail at Wikipedia

Seattle Streetcar at Wikipedia

Swift BRT at Wikipedia

Sounder Commuter Rail at Wikipedia

Official Website for Sound Transit: Sound Transit

Official Website for Seattle Center Monorail: Seattle Monorail

Official Website for Seattle Streetcar: Seattle Streetcar

Official Website for Swift BRT: Community Transit


Maps

Official System Map - Sound Transit [PDF] [Last Accessed Sept 14, 2020]

Official System Map - Seattle Streetcar [Last Accessed Jan 11, 2020]


Unofficial Map - Seattle by Oran Viriyincy (seattletransitmap.com)


Other Sources

Seattle, USA at Urbanrail.net

Tacoma, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

Colors used for Link Light Rail and Sounder Commuter Rail taken from official Sound Transit System Map as of April 2019. Sounder text color taken from official logo as of April 2019.

Color used for Seattle Streetcar taken from Seattle Streetcar System Map as of April 2019.

Color used for Swift BRT taken from Swift System Map as of September 2020.