East Link Extension

Connecting the Eastside with reliable light rail
Project map and surrounding area for East Link Extension

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Overview

Fourteen miles long, East Link includes 10 stations from Seattle's International District to Judkins Park, across I-90 to Mercer Island and South Bellevue, and through downtown Bellevue and the Bel-Red area to Redmond Technology Station. When East Link opens in 2023*, passengers will be able to ride almost 40 miles of fast, reliable light rail, from the Eastside to downtown Seattle and Northgate and to Sea-Tac Airport and Angle Lake.

Facts

  • Open: 2023*
  • Length: 14 miles; 10 stations
  • Service: Every 8 minutes in peak hours.
  • Projected travel times:
    • Mercer Island to University of Washington: 20 minutes
    • South Bellevue to Sea-Tac Airport: 50 minutes
    • Redmond Technology to Bellevue Downtown: 10 minutes
  • Projected ridership including downtown Redmond extension: 43,000 – 52,000 daily riders by 2026*

*Aug. 18, 2022 update: Work is ongoing to identify new opening timelines for four light rail projects currently in construction. While the East Link Extension was planned to open in mid-2023, construction challenges are currently projected to delay completion by at least a year. An upcoming programmatic review will also assess shared resources and project sequencing. Expect further updates in Q4 2022.