Light Rail is Coming to Redmond
Approved by Puget Sound-area voters in 2008 the Sound Transit East Link Project will bring high quality rail transit to Redmond with service starting in 2023. Two stations will open in Redmond in 2023: one at Overlake Village along SR 520 at 152nd Ave NE, and a second at the Overlake Transit Center at NE 40th St. Once the project is complete, travelers from the Overlake Transit Center will enjoy 11 minute trips to Downtown Bellevue and 30 minute trips to Downtown Seattle, on tracks separated from automobile traffic.
For more information about East Link, visit the Sound Transit East Link project page.
Preparing for Light Rail
Coordination with Sound Transit
The City of Redmond is coordinating with Sound Transit on all aspects of bringing rail to Overlake. Now that the route and station locations have been established, Sound Transit and the City are designing elements associated with the stations and the route between them. Sound Transit will also be coordinating with the city on how to engage the community on elements including station art and names. Since much of the light rail line is being built within the State Route 520 corridor, Sound Transit will also be working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
Transit Oriented Development
In 2007 the Redmond City Council adopted the Overlake Neighborhood Plan, which calls for a transformation of the Overlake Village area to a vibrant and walkable urban village with jobs, housing, and retail.
The 2008 vote provided enough funding to complete the East Link project between Downtown Seattle and the Overlake Transit Center; the final connection to Downtown Redmond will need to be funded by a future voter-approved measure. In the meantime, Redmond is working with others to maximize access to the two Overlake stations by improving transit service to the station areas, adding new pedestrian and bicycle connections, and increasing the number of commuter parking spaces at the Overlake Transit Center. Planned projects include:
- New pedestrian and bicycle bridges across SR 520 at Overlake and at the Overlake Transit Center
- High-quality bicycle infrastructure along 152nd Ave NE in Overlake Village
- Trail crossing improvements at NE 40th St and NE 51st St
Sound Transit 3
The next phase of light rail expansion ("ST3") is expected to extend East Link from Overlake Transit Center to Southeast Redmond and Downtown. The City of Redmond is tracking the development of ST3 and working to help shape it.