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

Community guide to construction
Apr 11, 2014: Learn more about how Sound Transit builds light rail and what to expect during construction

East Link Extension project update
Apr 7, 2014: 60% design open houses in Bellevue: wrap-up, Overlake Master Planned Development Open House, What’s next along I-90?

60% design milestone- East Main Station Segment Public Involvement Summary
Apr 4, 2014: Summary of comments compiled from the 60% design open house in South Bellevue.