Three new light rail stations — Northgate, Roosevelt and U District — opened in 2021. With light rail closer than ever, Community Transit is here to get you there!
Discover new places to go and new ways to get there when you take the bus to the 1 Line light rail station at Northgate.
Fast, frequent service
Frequent buses and trains make for fast, easy connections.
Release stress and regain time
Spend less time driving and gain time for yourself for a more relaxing trip.
Get out of gridlock
Skip the worst traffic for a faster, more reliable ride.
Your fare can take you farther
Your bus fare gets you farther when you pay with ORCA and connect to light rail.
Whether you are going to class at the UW, a job downtown, or to catch a flight at SeaTac Airport, taking the bus to light rail will mean frequent, easy connections and, in many cases, less travel time.
Northgate Station offers a park & ride, frequent bus connections, and a pedestrian and bike bridge between the light rail station and North Seattle College and Northwest Hospital.
Northgate is also home to the newly-opened Kraken Community Iceplex, the official training facility for the Seattle Kraken NHL team and a hub for ice sports.
People traveling to the 1 Line from Snohomish County now have direct transit connections to many new locations for the first time — anywhere light rail travels.
Transit riders are also able to catch a King County Metro bus connection to South Lake Union or First Hill from Northgate, bypassing a trip to downtown.
Heading to the U District? See the map of the U District Station.
Paying by ORCA card saves you money when you take the bus to light rail—your bus fare counts towards a light rail trip within two hours. You will still need to tap your ORCA card at the light rail station.
When arriving at the station, just find the closest ORCA Card reader and “tap on” by placing your card flat against it. One beep and a green light means you’re good to go.
When you reach your destination, tap your card on a reader again after you exit. Link light rail fares are distance-based, so if you forget to "tap off", you'll be charged the maximum fare.
Tickets & Day Passes
Buy Link tickets or day passes from the station ticket machine with cash, or most debit/credit cards.
Transit Go Ticket App
You can also pay your fare using your smartphone and the Transit Go Ticket app. Learn more at transitgoticket.com.
When you use your ORCA card to transfer from a bus to light rail, you don’t have to pay two full fares — your first-leg fare counts toward the second leg of your trip within a two-hour window.
(19 – 64)
$2.25 to $3.50*
(6 – 18)
*One-way adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.50 depending on how far you travel.
Link light rail trains run every 8 mins. during peak hours and every 10 to 15 mins during non-peak hours.
Trains run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to midnight
on Sunday and select holidays.
Visit soundtransit.org/schedules for schedule details.
Community Transit's connections to Northgate are the first that will happen over the next several years. As light rail reaches Snohomish County, we will be seeking public input on how best to design our future transit services. These changes will make for faster local and regional connections for anyone taking transit.