South Bellevue park-and-ride to close May 30

Apr 18, 2017

Commuters are encouraged to explore other options before East Link light rail construction begins at the site

The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride lot will close on Tuesday, May 30 as part of construction of the East Link Light Rail extension from Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. Drivers who park at the facility will need to identify other parking or commute options while it is closed for construction.

Sound Transit asks affected riders for their patience and understanding as crews work to significantly improve transit service in East King County. Information about other park-and-ride locations and commute options is available at www.soundtransit.org/eastlink. Drivers are encouraged to begin using alternate parking or commute options as early as possible.

Sound Transit has added new trips and additional service on Eastside bus routes to increase mobility. One-on-one trip planning service is available through King County Metro's Just One Trip program for anyone who needs help planning their future commute. Visit www.justonetrip.org/resources to complete a commute inquiry form.

A temporary southbound bus stop will be located across from the current South Bellevue Park-and-Ride, which will become an active construction zone. The northbound bus stop will remain in place with slight modifications during construction.  The future South Bellevue Station will include a new 1500-stall parking garage, and bus and paratransit transfer facilities. The new South Bellevue light rail station will open in 2023, but Sound Transit and the contractor will explore opportunities to open the park-and-ride sooner if possible.

As part of the East Link construction, the Overlake Transit Center Park-and-Ride also will close May 1. Subscribe to stay informed about these projects at www.soundtransit.org/subscribe.

East Link will extend light rail 14 miles from Seattle International District to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. When the extension is complete, people will be able to travel from the South Bellevue Station to the International District/Chinatown station in downtown Seattle in 14 minutes; and to the University of Washington in 24 minutes.