East Link Extension

Project highlights


Link Light Rail

Start of Service:

Targeted 2023


East Link Extension will give riders a fast, frequent and reliable connection from the Eastside's biggest population and employment centers to downtown Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport and the University of Washington. Ten stations will serve Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Bel-Red and Overlake in Redmond.



Final design


Length: 14 miles

Ride times:

  • Mercer Island to University of Washington: 20 minutes
  • South Bellevue to Sea-Tac Airport: 50 minutes
  • Overlake Transit Center to Bellevue Transit Center: 10 minutes

Rider projection: About 50,000 riders will use East Link every day by 2030.

Budget: $2.8 billion

Latest news

Rainier open house
Jul 31, 2014: Design plans are 60 percent complete for Rainier station

Video: East Link, Rainier & Mercer Island stations
Jul 29, 2014: Computerized animation of future alignment at 60 percent design phase

Project update: East Link Extension
Jul 24, 2014: See design plans for the Rainier segment of the East Link Extension, still time to comment on Mercer Island segment

60% design milestone- Mercer Island segment open house
Jul 11, 2014: Display boards – Mercer Island Station