Almost a year ago exactly, we took Platform readers on a photo field trip along the East Link extension – 14 miles of new light rail with 10 stations connecting Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and the Bel-Red and Overlake neighborhoods in Redmond.
When East Link begins operating in 2023, it will change the way people in our region move around, especially as extensions to downtown Redmond, Federal Way and Lynnwood open just one year later.
Imagine a trip between downtown Bellevue and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle taking 24 minutes, no matter how bad traffic is. Let's follow the East Link alignment and check out the progress!
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East Link will connect to the rest of the light rail system at International District/Chinatown Station. From there, passengers will travel first to Judkins Park Station, the only East Link station in Seattle.
Crossing the water
From there, passengers will travel over Lake Washington to Mercer Island Station. Fun fact: this is the first time ever that light rail will run across a floating bridge.
From there, we travel to South Bellevue, up to downtown and across I-405. Many of the East Link stations are located in dynamic, growing and mixed-use neighborhoods like Spring District and Overlake Village.
Ending in Redmond
The last stops (for now) are Overlake Village Station and Redmond Technology Station.
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.
Here's an overview of the whole extension: