Link Light Rail
Everything you need to know about the Light Rail
Tired of sitting in traffic and dealing with the stress of driving? Look no further than your very own Link Light Rail System! Sound Transit's reliable and efficient transportation system will make your daily commute a breeze. Say goodbye to the hassle of finding parking and hello to a more relaxed and enjoyable ride. Let the light rail simplify your life and get you where you need to go.
The Link Light Rail System, operated by Sound Transit, provides efficient transportation services to the Seattle metropolitan. This network comprises of two unconnected lines, namely the 1 Line and the T Line in Tacoma. With nineteen stations on the 1 Line and twelve stations on the T Line, the Link Light Rail System offers a convenient and affordable means of transportation for locals and visitors alike.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Why commuting by light rail is a great option
- How to go by light rail
- Accessing the light rail
- Save with discounted light rail fares
WHY COMMUTING BY LIGHT RAIL IS A GREAT OPTION
Say goodbye to car traffic and hello to a more productive trip with our convenient light rail system. With free wireless internet access on rail cars and in stations, you can catch up on emails, browse the web, or even take a nap.
On light rail, one-way adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.50 depending on how far you travel. There are also discounted fares available for seniors, disabled individuals, and youth riders. Additionally, there are several payment options available, including purchasing tickets at light rail stations, using the mobile ticketing app, or using a reloadable fare card. It's important to note that fares are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to check the latest information before planning your trip. Overall, light rail can be a convenient and affordable way to travel around the city, whether you're commuting to work or exploring the sights.
Save the environment
The Puget Sound light rail system is a sustainable transportation option that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and noise pollution compared to driving alone. It produces less carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen oxides per passenger mile traveled and is powered by clean energy sources.
HOW TO GO BY LIGHT RAIL
Check out these resource pages to help you plan your light rail route, schedule, parking and more.
- How to park - Find out everything you need to know about parking permits, regulations and Park-and-Ride lots that Sound Transit serves.
- How to bring your bike - You can also ride your bike to the light rail and board with it. Learn more about riding your bike and connecting with Sound Transit.
- How to pay - Learn about fare prices and how to pay to ride.
- How to use your ORCA card on the Light Rail - Fare payment is easy with an ORCA (One Regional Card for All) card. Be sure to tap at the beginning and end of every trip — Sound Transit Fare Ambassadors may issue warnings to riders who do not tap their ORCA card.
- Find a schedule and plan your trip - In addition to the standard schedules, the Light rail also offers additional service to special events like Seahawks, Kraken, Mariners and Sounders FC games and the Races at Emerald Downs.
- See if you qualify for reduced fare - Apply online or visit any DSHS office in Pierce County to apply.
- How to ride the light rail
Light Rail Lines
Link T-Line (Tacoma Dome - St. Joseph)
If you're looking for an easy way to get around downtown Tacoma, look no further than the Tacoma Link Light Rail. With service covering the length of downtown Tacoma, Stadium District, and Hilltop, the T-line is the perfect way to explore all that the city has to offer. The 13 stops along the way include popular destinations such as the Tacoma Dome, Union Station, and the Theater District. What's more, the Link Light Rail operates 365 days a year, so you can rely on it no matter when you're visiting. And with free parking available in the six-story Tacoma Dome station garage, getting to the rail line couldn't be easier. The Link travels between ends approximately every 12 minutes, so you'll never be left waiting long.
- Tacoma Dome
- University of Washington Tacoma
- Washington State History Museum
- Museum of Glass
- Tacoma Art Museum
- McMenamins Elks Temple
- Tacoma Arts Community Center
- And many more. See the full guide for more information.
Link 1 Line (Northgate - Angle Lake)
If you're headed up north for a concert or Seahawks and Mariners game or just a night out in Seattle, consider taking the Seattle Link light rail. With 19 stations between Angle Lake in SeaTac and Northgate in North Seattle, it's a great way to get around the city without the stress of driving and parking. Not only is it a simpler way to travel, but it can also save you a lot of money by parking at one of the large parking garages at Angle Lake or Tukwila and hopping on the Link. Don't let the hassle of driving and parking ruin your night out - hop on the 1 Link light rail instead.
Fun places you can visit on the 1 Line:
- University Street station: Seattle Art Museum
- International District: Wing Luke Museum
- Stadium station: T-Mobile Park, Lumen Field, WaMu Theater and more.
- Mount Baker station: Mount Baker Boulevard to Mount Baker Park
- Othello station: Walk, bike, or run the Chief Sealth Trail
- And many more. See the full guide for more information.
Emergency Ride Home Program
Not sure what your options are if you have an emergency and need to leave work when the light rail schedule is not available? If your employer partners with Ride Together Pierce and you ride the light rail to work, you may be eligible for a free taxi, Lyft or Uber ride home in case of an emergency.
Please note that this is an employer program provided to individuals who frequent in taking sustainable commuting trips to work.
Visit Ride Together Pierce’s Emergency Ride Home page for more information or contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.
Sound Transit system expansion
Learn more about the Sound Transit System Expansion projects in Pierce County including the Sounder extensions, station parking and access improvements and more by visiting the Sound Transit website and narrowing the projects list based on region.
ACCESSING THE LIGHT RAIL
Sound Transit is committed to making light rail riding fully accessible for all. Here are some of the ways the Light Rail are equipped for accessibility:
- Service animals are welcome on board at no cost.
- Elevators, escalators and stairs at stations with platforms above or below ground level.
- Ticket machines feature text-to-speech audio through headphones, large text and braille.
- Auditory and visual announcements of upcoming stops and stations
- Conductors and operators are available and trained to assist passengers who need help boarding and deboarding.
- Reserved priority seating for people with disabilities and seniors
- Detectable warning strips at stations that indicate two-foot buffer zones between pedestrian areas and moving traffic.
- Handicapped accessible parking spaces in Sound Transit parking facilities.
For more accessibility features, services and information here.
SAVE WITH DISCOUNTED LIGHT RAIL FARES
ORCA has reduced fare programs available to help make riding the Light rail and other public transit services accessible and affordable for everyone. Check to see if you qualify for one of these discount programs: