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

South Bellevue open house
Nov 6, 2014: South Bellevue open house

60% design milestone- Seattle Public Involvement Summary
Sep 19, 2014: Summary of comments compiled from the 60% design open house in Seattle

Project update: East Link Extension
Sep 19, 2014: Update on recent public meeting activities

Completion of final design- Bel-Red open house
Sep 18, 2014: Map of alignment near 130th Station