Seattle’s downtown streetcar will close for weekend track repairs

Sound Transit trains will not serve downtown Seattle stations this weekend due to rail maintenance, the agency said.

Downtown service is canceled for all of Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours are due to resume shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.

Trains will return from Capitol Hill and Sodo stations during the closures, so riders cannot reach Westlake, University Street, Pioneer Square, International District or Stadium stations on the light rail.

Instead, special ‘Link Shuttle’ buses will run every 15 minutes, on the streets between city center train stops. Transiting passengers can also opt for Route 8 from downtown Seattle to Capitol Hill, or travel from downtown to Sodo Station using north-south routes 101, 150, 594 and 132 in the late evening.

Crews will replace a cracked rail, which takes a relatively long time because the tunnel rails are embedded in the concrete pavement, agency spokesman John Gallagher said. The crack is in the southbound lane approaching the International District/Chinatown station, he said.

It should be a relatively uncrowded weekend, with New Year’s family trips in the rearview mirror and the Seahawks missing out on the NFL playoffs. However, the train disruptions will affect some fans heading to Saturday night’s 7 p.m. Kraken hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Climate Pledge Arena.