Published January 24 2024
Prepare for more frequent light rail train traffic
In preparation for the launch of the Eastside light rail starter line this spring, Sound Transit will start sending trains on regular practice runs every 10 to 15 minutes between the South Bellevue and Redmond Technology stations, starting this week.
Although most of the light rail line through Bellevue is separated from people walking, rolling and driving at street level, people should be especially aware of trains in BelRed, where there are four street crossings.
Sound Transit operators and maintenance staff have been training on the 2 Line (formerly called East Link) since November. Simulated service is another important step toward opening the 2 Line, which will connect Bellevue and Redmond on the Eastside to start and connect to Mercer Island and Seattle sometime next year at the earliest.
Remember these messages when you’re crossing Northeast Spring Street, Northup Way or 136th Place Northeast, all near the Bel-Red Station and light rail crossing areas:
- Look both ways. Trains come from both directions, so always expect a second train!
- Take headphones off, put screens down. It’s important to stay alert to be safe.
- Take crosswalks, not shortcuts. Trains always have the right of way, so pay attention to crossing signals and only cross at designated crossings.
- Bike smart; ride safe. When you’re riding a bike, always cross tracks at a 90-degree angle to prevent getting stuck.
View a light rail safety video available in eight languages on the city’s YouTube channel at:
Sound Transit has additional details about the 2 line and starter line.