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Sun shines on a parking garage with trees in the background.
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The garage design reflects the beauty of the surrounding Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue.

South Bellevue park-and-ride garage opens

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Today, we celebrated opening the parking garage at the future South Bellevue Station - a great development for current bus riders and future light rail passengers.

This will help provide easy transit access to the Eastside, which will get even better when East Link begins operating in 2023.

Special thanks to project contractors Shimmick/Parsons Joint Venture and Mass Electric Co., who completed civil and systems work this year to enable the early opening.

We also relied on strong partnerships with the City of Bellevue, WSDOT and King County Metro to make this happen. 

Construction continues on the adjacent light rail station and guideway, but these activities will not impact the parking garage and bus transit operations. 

A light rail station in Bellevue is under construction.
The future South Bellevue Station is on the right, with the garage on the left.

Features of the garage include: 

  • 1,500 stalls

  • A connection to the I-90 and Mercer Slough trails to facilitate non-motorized access to transit 

  • Bicycle racks and including a bike cages for secure storage of up to 35 bikes, with additional racks and on-demand lockers to be added when East Link opens 

  • A nature overlook of Mercer Slough, open to the public 

ST Express and King County Metro riders who had to use alternative parking spaces when East Link construction began in 2017 can now return to the new garage at the same park-and-ride location. 

Find bus stop and schedule information:

A Sound Transit Express bus drives by the new South Bellevue light rail station.
Get a glimpse of East Link before rail service begins in 2023.

With service to Seattle every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and 30 minutes on Sundays and late night/early morning hours, ST Express 550 riders can use the garage to quickly and conveniently transfer to Link light rail to destinations between Angle Lake and Northgate, including local sporting events. 

ST Express 556 serves the University of Washington and Husky Stadium.  

When East Link opens, riders will be able to travel traffic-free between South Bellevue and the downtown Seattle International District in 14 minutes and SeaTac Airport in 48 minutes. 

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