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Project updates: Downtown Redmond Link Extension

Nov 7, 2017

You're invited: Help shape the future of Downtown Redmond Link

Sound Transit is moving forward with plans to extend Link light rail to downtown Redmond. We want your help shaping how the future stations will fit into the downtown and southeast Redmond neighborhoods.

Join us at an open house

Nov. 16, 2017, 5 – 7 p.m.
Presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

You will also see updated design plans and learn more about updated environmental review, project timeline and next steps.

Can't make the meeting? Take our online survey starting Nov. 16 at

May 4, 2017

Light rail is coming to downtown Redmond

Join us for an open house Sound Transit is moving forward with plans to extend light rail to downtown Redmond. Attend an open house to learn and comment on:

  • Conceptual design plans for the southeast and downtown Redmond stations.
  • Route from NE 40th Street to downtown Redmond.
  • The preliminary engineering process and project timeline.
  • Upcoming opportunities to provide input and stay informed.

May 17, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Apr 28, 2017

Overlake Transit Center park-and-ride closing May 1

Construction of the Redmond Technology Center light rail station is about to begin. The first step in building the station and its 320-stall parking garage is to close the parking lots at the current Overlake Transit Center. Bus and shuttle service will remain open as well as bike storage. Drivers must find alternate parking or commute options while the area remains closed through construction. Visit to get started. Sound Transit and its design-build contractor are developing plans to open the garage before East Link light rail service begins in 2023.

South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closing May 30

As part of East Link construction, the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride lot will close on Tuesday, May 30. Drivers who currently park at the facility must find other parking or commute options while the lot remains closed for construction.

Sound Transit asks riders for their patience and understanding as construction crews work to build East Link, which will significantly improve transit service in East King County. Information about other park-and-ride locations and commute options is available at

Drivers are encouraged to begin using alternate parking or commute options as soon as possible. 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 1,500-stall parking garage as well as bus and paratransit transfer facilities. The new station will open in 2023. Sound Transit and the contractor are exploring opportunities to open the park-and-ride sooner if possible.

Light rail is coming to Downtown Redmond

Join us for an open house

Sound Transit is moving forward with plans to extend light rail to Downtown Redmond. Attend an open house to learn and comment on:

  • Conceptual design plans for the southeast and downtown Redmond stations.
  • Route from NE 40th Street to downtown Redmond.
  • The preliminary engineering process and project timeline.
  • Upcoming opportunities to provide input and stay informed.


May 17, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St.
Redmond, WA 98052

For more information, visit

Upcoming 'Meet the Contractor' open houses

East Link construction will kick into high gear this summer and Sound Transit will host "Meet the Contractor" open houses for each project area. These open houses are a great way to meet the construction team and learn more about upcoming work activities. Open house dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Judkins Park Station area study

The City of Seattle's Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are inviting the community to a conversation on the Judkins Park Station area and coordinating City activities to make your neighborhood a better place for you. This project places the new station at the center of the map for this planning effort—marrying neighborhoods that have been separated by I-90, topography, discontinuous streets, and uninviting paths—to address land use and transportation together. The Judkins Park Station, part of the East Link project, will begin construction in 2018 and open in 2023. Learn more about this project at

Sound Transit Building Salvage and Sustainability

Sound Transit is committed to protecting the environment and incorporates sustainable business practices in its planning, design, construction and operations. In late 2016, the agency partnered with three local salvage companies to remove and re-use materials from Sound Transit-owned structures along the East Link light rail route. Second Use, Reuse and Earthwise removed doors, cabinets, fixtures, lighting, appliances and other items that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill. For more information about Sound Transit's Sustainability Program, Sustainability Plan and the latest Sustainability Targets, visit

Nov 23, 2016

Project update: East Link Extension

Full funding identified for light rail extension to downtown Redmond

With voter approval of the Sound Transit 3 Plan in November, funding is in place to continue light rail 3.7 miles past the Redmond Technology Center Station (part of East Link) to downtown Redmond. The Downtown Redmond Link Extension project, with its two new stations, is slated to open in 2024, just a year after East Link. Stay tuned for more information about this project as preliminary engineering continues.

Overlake open house recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the Nov. 17 open house that focused on construction updates and the design of the Overlake Village and Redmond Technology Center stations. In case you weren’t able to attend, visit the online open house to learn more about the current design for these Redmond stations. Stay informed about upcoming construction activities and news on the Overlake Transit Center Park-and-Ride closure by subscribing to the Overlake in Redmond email list at

Image of Overlake and Redmond Technology Center stations openhouse

Judkins Park Station reaches final design

On Oct. 25, Sound Transit hosted an open house to share final design plans for the Judkins Park Station. Approximately 95 people were there to hear architects, landscape architects, artists and Sound Transit staff present the final Judkins Park station design plans.

Missed the open house? We’ve got you covered.
The slideshow from the open house is available for review on the East Link website. An additional open house will be scheduled for early-2017, ahead of the start of construction that kicks off later next year.

Map of downtown Bellevue Tunnel location

Prepping for tunneling in downtown Bellevue

Sound Transit crews continue to prepare the south tunnel portal site at 112th Avenue SE and Main Street in downtown Bellevue for tunnel excavation, which is anticipated to begin as early as December. With the temporary sound wall now complete, next up is night-time pre-support work in advance of actual tunnel excavation. Here’s what you can expect when excavation begins:

  • Tunnel excavation will be performed using the Sequential Excavation Method (SEM). Visit the East Link website to learn more about SEM.
  • Approximately two years of initial tunnel excavation followed by one year of concrete finish work inside the tunnel.
  • Work will begin at the south tunnel portal and is anticipated to advance north at a projected rate of 3-4 feet per day.
  • Excavation will occur 24/7, with trucks hauling during day time hours. Please watch for trucks and trailers entering and exiting the south tunnel portal site, particularly pedestrians on 112th Avenue SE or Main Street.
  • Noise, vibration and settlement monitoring equipment will be in place.

Door-to-door business briefings in the Bel-Red area

Businesses near the Bel-Red / 130th Station received door-to-door visits from project staff over the past several months. In preparation for the start of construction in early 2017, staff shared information from Sound Transit’s Business Construction Toolkit and existing business resources in the community.

Did we stop by while you were out? Email or call 206-398-LINK to request a briefing. Learn more about construction in the Bel-Red area at a Meet the Contractor Open House to be scheduled in early 2017.

Sound Transit and City of Bellevue Host a Business Resource  Forum

Earlier this month on November 14th, Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue jointly hosted a Business Resource Forum at Bellevue City Hall. Businesses received information about existing resources available within the City of Bellevue including representatives from the U.S. Small Business Association, the Bellevue Downtown Association and the city’s Small Business Development Center. City staff had information available about the Bel-Red Area Plan, and Sound Transit shared information about East Link construction in Bellevue as well as a comprehensive overview of the Business Relations program. 

Image of East Link Extension business resource meeting November 2016

Building salvage planned for East Link sites

As part of our sustainability goals of reducing the amount of waste during building demolition activities, Sound Transit plans to salvage and recycle as much of the existing building materials as possible prior to and during demolition at the future East Link sites.

Three local salvage companies will remove materials from nearly 40 Sound Transit-owned buildings. The three companies are Ballard Reuse, Earthwise and Second Use. The salvage companies remove materials that can be reused including doors, fixtures, lighting, flooring, and appliances.

Through these and other efforts, Sound Transit will re-use or recycle a large amount of materials that would otherwise be taken to landfills.

Image of East Link Extension salvage work November 2016

Light rail construction in south Bellevue begins in 2017

Joint venture Shimmick-Parsons was selected as the contractor for the south Bellevue portion (I-90 to Main St.) of East Link. One of the first construction activities in the area will be closing the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride. As early as January 2017, the park-and-ride will close for up to five years as the site becomes an active construction zone. The park-and-ride site will serve as the construction hub for staging equipment and building the light rail station, track and new 1,500 stall parking garage. Prior to the closure of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride, information on the date of the closure will be distributed through email updates, neighborhood and employer outreach, and onsite communications at the park-and-ride.

During construction, ST Express buses 550, 555 and 556, and Metro buses 241 and 249 will continue to serve Bellevue Way Southeast next to the closed park-and-ride.

Replacement parking will also be available at new and expanded park-and-ride lots.

Image of East Link Extension park and ride timeline

More information about the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closures is available from the park-and-ride closures website: