Link Light Rail hits milestone as crews work to connect 1 Line to Federal Way

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Girder Tie-in from the Angle Lake Station to the Federal Way Link Extension March 5, 2022 (Sound Transit).

The Federal Way light rail extension is now connected to the rest of the 1 Line, which runs from North Seattle to Angle Lake.

Construction crews laid the 124-foot girders Wednesday morning, physically connecting Federal Way’s light rail line to Seattle’s. The actual project is a few years from completion, and Sound Transit is still working to connect their light rail line to Snohomish County.

Currently, the 1 Line runs from Northgate to Angle Lake, with connections being built to extend service even further.

"Up and down I-5 and at our current southern terminus at Angle Lake, everyone can see that the dream is becoming real," said Sound Transit board chair and University Place council member Kent Keel. "After we bring light rail to Federal Way, next up we’ll build fast, efficient light rail service all the way to the Tacoma Dome."

By 2024, riders will be able to take the light rail from Lynnwood to Federal Way.

"It is exciting to see this new line taking shape and connecting into the existing line. This is another big step for connecting South King County residents to stations across the whole region," said Sound Transit board member and King County council member Dave Upthegrove.

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