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What’s the deal with Sound Transit’s new light rail colors?

You’ve all asked, and I’m here to answer: What’s the deal with the changes on Sound Transit, and the signage that you’re seeing at light rail stations?

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It all started with a question from a Twitter follower, asking about Sound Transit’s new light rail line color labeling.

They’re now in the process of starting to change things over to red line, blue line, and green line, and more, as light rail continues its expansion.

This is all to get us adjusted to using colors before the opening of the east link “Blue Line” set for 2023. Blue Line trains will run from Northgate to Overlake via Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond. The 22-mile line will have 19 stations, 10 of which are brand new.

“Red Line” trains will also start in Northgate, running to Angle Lake. Between Northgate and the International District, the Red and Blue Lines will combine for service every four minutes during peak hours.

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Tacoma Link service from the Tacoma Dome to the Theater District will operate as the “Orange Line.”

In the near future, the “Green Line” will connect Ballard to Tacoma, while the “Purple Line” will transport riders between South Kirkland and Issaquah.

Keep an eye out for the signage, and get ready for the changes if you take light rail!

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