Light Rail Opens Airport Connection in Seattle

Meeting planners and attendees have a new transportation option for getting from the airport to downtown meetings in the Emerald City, as Seattle's Sound Transit has finished a 1.7-mile extension of its Link light-rail line to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, it announced last week.

The SeaTac extension officially opened for passenger service on Saturday, approximately five months after the first 14 miles of light rail opened from downtown Seattle to Tukwila, Wash. With the light rail's final segment in place—extending from Tukwila to SeaTac—visitors can now take a 36-minute, 13-stop ride into downtown Seattle for just $2.50. A taxi, by contrast, can cost as much as $40 one way.

"It's been a heck of a journey, but we delivered on what we promised: light rail from downtown Seattle to the airport in 2009," Seattle Mayor and Sound Transit Board Chair Greg Nickels said in a statement. "This opens an entirely new option for travelers and commuters, and represents the first steps of a truly regional network."

The light rail begins service at 5 a.m. and ends service at 1 a.m. on Saturdays. On weekdays, the first train will leave SeaTac at 5:16 a.m. and the last one at 12:07 a.m.