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.

Early Work Underway in 2017

Sound Transit has begun conducting various environmental assessments, topographic surveys, utility locates and vibration monitoring along the alignment from Overlake to Downtown to support design of the light rail extension to Southeast Redmond and Downtown. This work will continue throughout the preliminary design phase, which will last until mid-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 bus-rail transit integration 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. A decision is expected in the first half of 2017.

Public Input Summary

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.

January 26, 2017 Public Meeting Materials

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