Can you believe it’s already the end of February? This has been the shortest 29-day month ever.
In honor of Leap Day - let’s leap into the latest fresh pics from light rail construction around the region!
Our resident photographer braved the elements this past month to bring you these new images of progress along the East Link Extension.
With 14 miles of new rail and 10 stations, East Link will connect Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and the Bel-Red and Overlake neighborhoods (Microsoft headquarters).
And with the Connect 2020 project nearing the finish line, we’re that much closer to opening this new line for service in 2023!
If you enjoy these photos, follow us on Instagram and tune in on Fridays for our regular "Field Trip Friday" stories where we visit Sound Transit construction sites.
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Mercer Island Station
The first stop on our tour of East Link is Mercer Island Station.
When service starts in three years, riders will be able to get from here to downtown Bellevue in 10 minutes, even if traffic on the highways is terrible.
This station is getting close to being “substantially complete” – and you can see why.
Redmond Technology Station
Out at the end of the line (for now – until the Downtown Redmond Link Extension opens in 2024), work is progressing smoothly.
A new garage, which provides increased parking for 300 cars and covered facilities for 100 bicycles, is taking shape.
Overlake Village Station
From this station, riders will be able to enjoy a reliable, traffic-free ride to Bellevue, Mercer Island and Seattle. The trip to Pioneer Square will take just 30 minutes.
Before we expand to the Eastside, we’re doing some work in the downtown tunnel stations to connect this new line to our existing service.
This project, which we’re calling Connect 2020, ends March 15!
More stories on East Link construction
Hopefully this isn't the first time you've run across our continuing coverage of East Link construction.
Check out our past stories for more action shots and information.
Building bridges to connect light rail to the Eastside
Fresh pics: laying rail around the region
Restoring and creating new wildlife habitat along East Link
Or you can see all of our East Link stories by clicking on the East Link category listing below (or on the right if you're reading this on your desktop or tablet).
Here's an overview of the whole extension:
More light rail to the north, south and west
We’re not just expanding light rail to the east – we’re also stretching to the west, south and north.
In fact, the Northgate Link Extension is set to open next year!
You can check our system expansion page for details on the overall regional expansion taking light rail all the way to West Seattle, Ballard, Everett and Tacoma.