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Crews walk along a light rail platform in Bellevue at night.

Link trains rolling through the Eastside

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If you live on the Eastside, or follow us on Instagram, you may have heard about the testing activities happening along the East Link light rail extension

Crews continue to conduct tests along the extension in Bellevue and Redmond to ensure the new line will be ready for passengers. When it opens, East Link will operate as the 2 Line. 

Check out some fresh pictures of the testing:

An operator looks out from the cab of a light rail vehicle at tracks in Bellevue.
The light rail tunnel in Bellevue at night.
The front of a Link train, with an operator smiling at the camera inside the cab.
Three people wearing orange vests and hard hats stand on a train platform at night.
A train comes out of a tunnel at night, with downtown Bellevue lit up in the background.
A yellow sign with a train on it. Text reads 'look both ways.'

In a recent blog post, Sound Transit CEO Julie Timm shared the latest news on opening timelines for East Link and the other light rail projects under construction.

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 around the region. 

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With all of these testing activities moving us toward the opening of the 2 Line, please be sure to stay safe around trains and tracks. 

Safety Reminders

  • Only cross at designated crosswalks and signalized intersections. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Link trains are electric and very quiet. Whenever you are around trains or tracks, remember to watch for trains.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the tracks. Trains can travel in any direction, on any track, at any time. Even after a train passes, another train may be coming from the opposite direction.
  • Do not walk, stand or park a vehicle on the tracks. Trains can arrive at any time.
  • Stay away from the track switches that are used to change train directions. These switches are very powerful and can move at any time without warning.
  • When crossing the tracks on a bicycle, always cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle to prevent your bicycle tires from getting stuck in the tracks.

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