Now that it's 2022, we can get excited about East Link opening next year!
When this Link extension opens in 2023, passengers will be able to ride almost 40 miles of fast, reliable light rail, from the Eastside to downtown Seattle and Northgate, and to Sea-Tac Airport and Angle Lake.
Civil construction is winding down along the 14-mile alignment, and systems testing is in full swing.
For several nights last week, light rail vehicles traveled at operating speeds between the Bellevue Downtown, Wilburton and 120th Street stations to conduct testing to ensure the new line will be ready for passengers.
Check out a video of the work being done:
Testing activities over the weekend focused on the systems that provide power to the vehicles. Crews checked to make sure the trains had correct contact with the tracks and overhead catenary wires.
Live wire testing will continue at the Redmond Technology Station later this month, and across the alignment throughout the coming months.
East Link will extend light rail 14 miles with 10 stations from Seattle's International District to Judkins Park, across I-90 to Mercer Island and South Bellevue, and through downtown Bellevue and the Bel-Red area to Redmond Technology Station.
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