East Link Light Rail

Sound Transit's East Link light rail line will extend 14 miles from downtown Seattle to the Overlake area in Redmond, with 10 stations in Mercer Island, South Bellevue, downtown Bellevue, BelRed (Bellevue) and Overlake. 

East Link Alignment Map

Bellevue Segments

The six East Link stations as well as the downtown tunnel in Bellevue will be constructed in separate segments:
  • Tunnel: (Under Construction) Half mile of tunnel from Main Street to NE 6th Street. Work began March 2016; expected to end 2nd Quarter 2020.
     
  • South Bellevue Segment: (Under construction) I-90 East Channel Bridge to SE 4th Street on 112th Ave SE. Work to began Spring 2017; expected to end 4th Quarter 2020 and includes construction of the South Bellevue Station including a new parking garage and work on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue SE to build the guideway and other infrastructure. Visit the South Bellevue Station Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
             
  • Central Bellevue Segment: (Under construction) SE 4th Street on 112th Ave SE to 124th Ave NE. Work began Spring 2017; expected to end 4th Quarter 2020 and includes:
  • BelRed Segment: (Under construction) 124th Ave NE to intersection of NE 20th St and 136th Ave NE. Work began Spring  2017; expected to end 3rd Quarter 2020. Visit the BelRed/130th Station webpage for more information about design and construction.   

The following segment includes stations outside of Bellevue:

  • SR520/Overlake Segment: (Under construction) NE 20th St to NE 40th Street at Overlake Transit Center. (Redmond, WA) Work to began Spring 2017; expected to end 1st Quarter 2020 and includes:
  • I-90/Seattle-Mercer Island Segment: (Under construction) From International District/Chinatown Station to the East end of the East Channel Bridge.

Systems and testing: construction of the systems (guide wires, electronics, signaling, etc.) will occur as each segment is completed and will be completed mid-2021. Testing of the entire East Link will take approximately one-year, with revenue service expected to begin late 2022 or early 2023.

Operations & Maintenance Facility

In addition to the stations, Sound Transit is constructing an Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF East) in the BelRed area (Bellevue) where light rail vehicle (LRV) storage and maintenance will be located. This "OMF-East" is needed to house the expanded fleet of LRVs with the East Link extension. Design of the facility will complement the BelRed Corridor Plan vision to transform the 900-acre corridor to capitalize on light rail investment and provide transit-oriented development opportunities.

Collaborative Design Process

At the time East Link (Sound Transit 2) was approved in 2008, the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit began to work closely, through a collaborative design process to create a Regional Light Rail Transit that meets regional and city needs. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) adopted in 2011 between the city and Sound Transit addressed the construction, operation, and maintenance of the light rail project was amended in 2015 to address coordination of City capital projects and terms regarding the OMSF.

Members of the Light Rail Permitting Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) were appointed by the City Council to help ensure community issues and concerns were to be addressed during the permit review process as defined in Bellevue’s Land Use Code. A great deal of public input was received at meetings and public events that helped shape the Design and Mitigation (D&M) Permits to be issued by the City.

Mitigation

The collaboration between Sound Transit and Bellevue continues as the design phase of the project comes to close and the construction phase begins in early 2016. Sound Transit and staff from the City’s permitting departments are working together to help minimize construction impacts to neighborhoods, businesses, traffic and the environment. The 2015 MOU requires various mitigation for the East Link project and is captured in Exhibit O. More about East Link mitigation.

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Contact

Marie JensenCity of Bellevue East Link Outreach

Telephone

425-452-2064

Emergency Phone Number

Sound Transit East Link 1-888-298-2395

Email

mjensen@bellevuewa.gov

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