East Link Extension

Project Highlights


  • Link light rail

Start of service:

Targeted 2023


East Link will give riders a fast, frequent and reliable connection between the Eastside's biggest population and employment centers and destinations across King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. When East Link opens in 2023, passengers will be able to ride more than 50 miles of light rail with other new extensions also opening north to Northgate and to Lynnwood. Extensions south to Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way and downtown Redmond will open one year later in 2024.


  • Construction


Length: 14 miles

Ride times:

  • Mercer Island to University of Washington: 20 minutes
  • South Bellevue to Sea-Tac Airport: 50 minutes
  • Overlake Transit Center to Bellevue Transit Center: 10 minutes

Budget: $3.7 billion




  • East King County

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