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Maps and Travel Information

I see many users coming to my page looking for maps and ridership information for Seattle Link. Here are some useful maps, links and information for you:

Personal observations:
Having taken Link for several months the summer and Fall of 2010, and still occasionally using it, here is what I have found out.

First, the only free parking along the line is at the Park and Ride in Tukwila. It should be noted that this lot fills up by 8:30am on a weekday. Your next choice is a $4 a day pay lot behind Mount Baker Station.

Yes, you can park on the street but inside the city there is a time limit within a half mile of the stations, and yes, they will tow you.

Besides taking buses to a station, and all do have bus stops, you can also take the RapidRide A Line from as far South as Federal Way. The Park and Ride at 288th is a good alternative.

On some game days, you can park at the airport for a low rate. Check this site for more information.

Link will get full during rush hours. It is not uncommon for the trains to be standing room only even after the first or second stop downtown. This is also a concern after a major sporting event. However you usually can get a seat at other times.

Despite the reputation of some of the communities Link travels through, it has always felt safe to me. And yes, they will check fares and bust you if you don’t have a ticket or haven’t tapped your card. An Orca card is great if you plan to use Link, the buses or Sounder a lot. If you are just here visiting, it isn’t really worth it unless you’d like a souvenir. No, there is no all-day pass for Link like there is for Portland’s MAX system. And yes I think that is dumb.

Keep the service times in mind. Link runs from 5am to 1am. However while it runs as frequently as every 7 minutes, it also runs as infrequently as every 15 minutes.