Light Rail Extension

Sound Transit Light Rail Picture Courtesy of Sound Transit

Light Rail is Coming to Southeast Redmond and Downtown

  • Southeast Redmond Station adjacent to SR 520 near west end of NE 70th St.
  • Downtown Redmond Station in Redmond Central Connector Corridor
Project Phase: Preliminary Design
Estimated Timeline: Preliminary design 2017-18; final design, construction and testing 2019-2024; service targeted to begin 2024
Additional Project Information: available on Sound Transit's project website


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.

Redmond Light Rail Extension

Downtown Bus + Rail Planning

Redmond is preparing for the extension of light rail to Downtown by conducting a bus-rail transit integration study. The study will recommend how best to 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.

The study will recommend a preliminary preferred station area concept for the Downtown Redmond light rail station. The preferred concept will maximize station access to increase mobility and grow transit ridership while minimizing the station footprint in order to limit the impacts on other land uses and activities in Downtown.

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

Preliminary Design Phase

Preliminary design of the extension to Downtown Redmond will occur in 2017-18. More information is available at Sound Transit's project website.

Light Rail to Overlake

Construction of light rail to Overlake is underway. More information is available at and at Sound Transit's East Link construction page