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Central Link is a light rail line serving 16 stations in Seattle and its southern suburbs, in the U.S. state of Washington. Managed by Sound Transit, it travels 20 miles (32 km) between University of Washington and Angle Lake stations. The line connects the university campus, Downtown Seattle, the Rainier Valley, and Sea–Tac Airport. Central Link runs at a maximum frequency of every six minutes during peak periods, and in 2018 carried an average of 72,000 daily passengers on weekdays. Trains have two or three cars that can each carry 194 passengers and accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Construction of the light rail system began in 2003 and the first section opened on July 18, 2009, terminating at Westlake and Tukwila International Boulevard stations. The line was extended to the airport in December 2009, the university in March 2016, and Angle Lake in September 2016; further extensions are planned between 2021 and 2024. (Full article...)
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