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Choose Your Way Bellevue Counts Down to East Link

Last Updated: September 21, 2021

East Link is Sound Transit’s light rail extension opening in 2023 that will allow riders to travel via light rail 40 miles from Redmond to downtown Seattle, Northgate, Sea-Tac Airport and Angle Lake. East Link will have 6 stations in Bellevue, as detailed in the map below. It will pass through Bel-Red, the Spring District, Wilburton, Downtown and South Bellevue. A trip from Seattle’s International District to Downtown Bellevue will take only 15-20 minutes.

This page will highlight newsworthy information to help you prepare and make the most of East Link for getting around without driving alone!

As information is available, we’ll keep you abreast of activities such as bus service changes associated with the opening, planning for features such as bike parking to help you access the system, and details on timing of the opening as soon as they are known. Bookmark this page to keep up to date on the latest information.

East Link Map 2021

Picture from Sound Transit

East Link Connections

East Link Connections will help transportation system users get to and make the most of East Link Light Rail that will be opening up in 2023! Read on for more information and how you can participate.

From Sound Transit:

  • East Link Connections is a coordinated, co-led process for improving transit connections throughout the Eastside as Link light rail service expands through 2024. By the end of 2024, Sound Transit will open 12 new light rail stations connecting downtown Seattle and the Eastside, from Judkins Park in Seattle, across I-90, through Bellevue and to downtown Redmond.
  • East Link Connections Goals
    • Improve mobility for priority populations, as defined by Metro’s Mobility Framework.
    • Equitably inform, engage, and empower current and potential customers
    • Deliver integrated service that responds to Link expansion
      • Minimize duplication of bus service with Link
      • Improve connections to Link
      • Be consistent with Metro Connects, and current and future mobility needs
  • Be a Part of the Conversation
    • Join King County Metro and Sound Transit for a discussion on the upcoming restructure of Metro and Sound Transit bus service on the Eastside as a result of the expansion of Link light rail. You will have an opportunity to preview potential route changes, talk with service planners, and provide feedback.
      • Information session 1: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021
      • Information session 2: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
    • Register for one of these free virtual events at elc.participate.online. Both events will have Spanish translators and closed captioning/CART available. Additional language translation will be added to the 9/29 event, please let us know what languages we should add. For questions, additional language translation, and/or accommodations please contact haveasay@kingcounty.gov or leave a message at 206-263-9768.
       
East Link Connections Map

News and Information

  • From Sound Transit: Conceptual bus changes are available for public feedback as Eastside Link light rail expands. Surveys and virtual meetings are happening this September, learn more here (9/13/21).
  • From Sound Transit: Link Operations and Maintenance Facility: East will maintain and store light rail vehicles for regional Link expansions; site will incorporate mixed-use transit oriented development (5/20/21).
  • From Sound Transit: As the South Bellevue Station approaches completion, traffic revisions on Bellevue Way, between I-90 and 112th Avenue SE, are being put in place. The purpose of the changes is to increase traffic safety and efficiency on Bellevue Way before opening the new light rail station and park-and-ride (4/26/21).
  • From King County Metro: As the region’s light rail network expands to serve new stations by 2024, King County Metro and Sound Transit are teaming up to ask residents and riders what changes are needed to improve transit service and connections. The East Link Connections transit needs survey is open through April 25, 2021 (4/5/21).
  • From Sound Transit: The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride garage is opening this fall, two years before East Link launches. It has been closed since 2017. ST Express route 550 riders and King County Metro riders who had to use alternative parking spaces when East Link construction began in 2017 will be able to return to the new garage at the same park-and-ride location. Learn more from Sound Transit’s news release (1/19/21).

Videos

  • Check out this March 2021 video from the City of Bellevue's Transportation Department with information on the stages of work leading up to the 2023 opening.