Light Rail and Bellevue
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East Link is a voter-approved project to extend light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington on Interstate 90, through Bellevue and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond. The project is currently in the final design phase, with construction anticipated to begin in late 2015 and service to start in 2023.
In November 2011, the council signed an agreement with Sound Transit detailing city contributions for a downtown light rail tunnel and design modifications to minimize impacts of the rail line on neighborhoods. The city and the transit agency are now partners in a "collaborative design process" intended to reduce costs, comply with codes and regulations, and finish the project on time.
Although East Link is a Sound Transit project, Bellevue residents, directly and through the City Council and staff, are offering input about the route through Bellevue. Details, including when public meetings are scheduled, are available at Public Involvement.
These web pages provide background and additional information on Bellevue's involvement with East Link. Sound Transit offers its own information about the project. Questions for Sound Transit? Call 206-398-5465 or email to Eastlink@soundtransit.org.