Light Rail Extension

Sound Transit Light Rail Picture Courtesy of Sound Transit

Light Rail is Coming to Southeast Redmond and Downtown

Redmond Link Timeline Location:
  • Southeast Redmond Station adjacent to SR 520 near west end of NE 70th St.
  • Downtown Redmond Station in Redmond Central Connector Corridor
Additional Project Information: available on Sound Transit's project website

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Overview

Redmond Link Extension

In November 2016 voters approved the extension of Link light rail from the Redmond Technology Center Station at NE 40th St. in Overlake, which opens in 2023, to Southeast Redmond and Downtown, with service targeted to begin in 2024. When all of the light rail extensions funded in ST3 are built, people who live or work in Redmond will have access to the 116-mile light rail system using any one of four Redmond stations, with connections to bus rapid transit on I-405 and other transit options.

Recent Activities

  • In November 2017 Sound Transit hosted an open house to share updates on design and gather input on community priorities for station design and amenities.
  • In January 2018 the Puget Sound Regional Council awarded $2.3 million to King County to extend the East Lake Sammamish Trail through the SR 520 interchange to connect with the Redmond Central Connector. The City is a financial partner in the project and both the City and Sound Transit strongly supported the grant application. The trail extension is possible because the light rail project will elevate SR 520 ramps that currently preclude the crossing.
  • The Sound Transit board has authorized a series of property acquisitions for the Downtown extension. Additional authorizations will continue during 2018.
  • City staff are continuing to work closely with Sound Transit to finalize the design-build procurement documents – including for stations, traffic, utilities, trails, and other disciplines – that are expected to be
    issued in fall 2018.

Visit Sound Transit's project page for more information and to contact Sound Transit Community Outreach staff.

Downtown Bus + Rail Planning

In early 2017 Redmond completed a Downtown bus-rail transit integration (TRAIN) study. The purpose of the study was to determine how to best integrate light rail transit into Downtown Redmond so that light rail is safely, conveniently and efficiently accessible by transit, walking, and biking, while accommodating vehicle access for pickup and drop-off.

Based on an evaluation of four station area concepts - shown below - and community input, the City Council recommended that the Downtown Redmond light rail station be located between 164th Ave NE and 166th Ave NE (the east location) and that it be elevated. This is Concept 3. The Council emphasized safety, mobility, and a direct and uninterrupted Redmond Central Connector as key reasons for recommending Concept 3. The Sound Transit Board will make the final decision on station location and whether it will be elevated or at grade.

Station Area Concept Videos

These visualizations are intended to give a sense of the experience an individual may have when arriving at and using the light rail station in each of the four concepts. White or color background blocks in the background are included only to acknowledge that there are existing buildings in Downtown and are not intended to portray any actual structures now or in the future.

Transit Integration (TRAIN) Study Documents

For more information contact Jeff Churchill at 425-556-2492 or jchurchill@redmond.gov

Light Rail to Overlake

Construction of light rail to Overlake is underway. More information is available at Redmond.gov/EastLink and at Sound Transit's East Link construction page

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