Bellevue Downtown Station
The Bellevue Downtown Station is part of the Central Bellevue Segment which also includes the East Main, Wilburton and Spring/120th Stations. Sound Transit has hired a contractor through a General Construction-Contract Management (GC-CM) process for the Central Bellevue Segment. This process brings on a contractor to provide pre-construction services during the design phase and to act as construction manager and general contractor. As more information about the Bellevue Downtown Station becomes available, this webpage will be updated.
Construction the downtown tunnel, was contracted separately from the station and guideway construction.
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Q: Where will the Bellevue Downtown Station be located?
A: The Bellevue Downtown Station will be located on the south side of NE 6th Street between 110th and 112th Avenues NE at Bellevue City Hall. For more about station features, go to Sound Transit’s East Link Extension webpage. The East Link downtown tunnel connects the Bellevue Downtown Station and the East Main Station.
Q: When will construction start on the Bellevue Downtown Station and how long will it take?
A: Construction of the Bellevue Downtown Station is anticipated to begin in mid-2017 and is part of the Central Bellevue Segment which also includes the construction of the East Main, Wilburton and Spring District/120th Stations as well as building the trackway of the light rail. Construction of the Central Bellevue Segment is expected to be complete by the end of 2020, with the trains being operational in 2023.
Q: Is access to the Bellevue Downtown Station at-grade?
A: The station entrance will be at street level on NE 6th Street. Station entrances will be located on 110th Avenue NE and 112th Avenue NE. Elevators and stairs at the entrances will take you to the train platform. There will be an escalator at the entrance on 110th Avenue NE. The station is close to the Bellevue Transit Center, Bellevue City Hall, the Meydenbauer Center and other downtown amenities. For more about station features, go to Sound Transit’s East Link Extension webpage.
Q: Will there a commuter parking lot at this station?
A: No. The nearest park-and-ride (P&R) lots to the Downtown Bellevue Station will be the Wilburton P&R. King County Metro Park and Ride Lot information.
Q: Will the Bellevue Transit Center (BTC) be open during construction of the Downtown Bellevue station?
A: Yes. For information about the BTC, go to King County Metro’s website at http://metro.kingcounty.gov.
Bellevue employers and property managers are encouraged to learn more about the “Choose Your Way Bellevue” program that encourages transit options other than driving alone. Visit www.ChooseYourWayBellevue.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 425-990-3097.
Q: Where will contractors park during construction?
A: Sound Transit’s contractors will park within their own designated staging area. This is required by Sound Transit.
Q: How will Visitor Parking at Bellevue City Hall change once East Link construction starts on the Bellevue Downtown Station?
A: Visitor access to City Hall will only be available from 110th Avenue NE and no longer to/from NE 6th Street. Once East Link construction starts in mid-2017, the number of visitor parking stalls will decrease due to construction. Approximately one-third of existing spaces will be available for visitor parking. A mix of 30-minute and 90-minute parking will be offered and public meeting room demand will be aligned with available parking supply to the extent possible. Read a City News Release about East Link construction impacts to/near City Hall (05.02.17)
Q: What will happen with the public art on the plaza of City Hall?
A: Current designs show that Guan Yin, Fu Dogs, Root and Stump will be re-integrated in to the redesigned plaza area. In addition to the art, there will be an ADA walking path on the west side of the plaza which will be installed prior to the start of construction and will remain after construction. The Pavilion will not be a part of the re-designed plaza, although there are plans to possibly include it with a future plaza expansion. Art will be stored during construction.
(page updated 05/05/17)