In 2023, East Link light rail will take riders back and forth from Bellevue to Seattle and from the Overlake region to Redmond, thanks to 14 miles of light rail — and so far the project is on track.
The East Link light rail tunnel excavation was completed earlier this summer in Bellevue, and crews began working on the construction of the Bellevue Downtown Station. “We are on the verge of a breakthrough in many senses of the word,” Sound Transit board member Claudia Balducci said. “As the tunnel nears completion, we are moving ever closer to seeing the light rail fully constructed, connecting the Eastside to the rest of the region and giving our residents and visitors a fast, reliable, traffic-free way to get around.” The tunnel begins near 112th Avenue Northeast and Main Street and covers one-third of a mile, running under 110th Avenue Northeast and turning east near Northeast 6th Street. Once the overall East Link project is completed, there will be 10 stations along the 14 miles of light rail connecting the cities.