Light Rail is Coming to Overlake
Project Phase: Design and construction
Timeline: Construction and testing 2017-2023, light rail targeted to open in 2023
Contact and project information: East Link construction page and 24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395
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Overlake Transit Center Park & Ride Closing for Construction on May 1, 2017
The park & ride at the Overlake Transit Center (OTC) will close May 1, 2017 for construction of the East Link light rail. Transit will continue to serve the area so you will be able to take a bus to this location and transfer. Sound Transit has leased new park & ride locations for commuters. Go Redmond can help you find alternative locations to park or a different way to commute to work throughout the closure.
The park-and-ride closure is the first step in constructing a temporary transit loop on the south side of OTC in order to create space for the construction of the new transit loop, parking structure, and light rail station on the north side.
2017 Construction Activities Focused on Site Preparation
Sound Transit is preparing to extend light rail to Overlake by readying the guideway and station sites for construction. In 2017 major activities will include:
East Link Extension to Overlake Overview
Sound Transit's East Link light rail extension project is bringing high-quality rail transit to Redmond with service starting at two stations in Overlake in 2023: Overlake Village (SR 520 at 152nd Ave NE) and Redmond Technology Center (SR 520 at NE 40th St). Once the project is complete, travelers from the Redmond Technology Center station will enjoy 10-minute trips to Downtown Bellevue and 30-minute trips to Downtown Seattle on tracks separated from automobile traffic.
When East Link light rail opens in 2023 there will be multiple ways to access the stations, including:
- Walking and biking: Redmond stations include pedestrian-bicycle bridges over SR 520 to help people conveniently access the stations, including using the 520 Trail
- Transit: bus transit will be restructured in advance of light rail opening to make it easier to access East Link
- Getting a ride: both stations in Redmond will have pick-up and drop-off areas
- Vehicle parking: vehicle parking will be available at the Redmond Technology Center station, Bel-Red/130th station and South Bellevue station. In addition, the Overlake Park-and-Ride on 152nd Ave NE is located about a six-minute walk from the Overlake Village station.
For more information about East Link, visit the East Link construction page and the Overlake Village and Redmond Technology Center station pages.
City's Role in Light Rail
Coordination with Sound Transit
The City of Redmond is coordinating closely with Sound Transit during design and construction of light rail. Sound Transit is leading community outreach efforts in coordination with the City. Since much of the light rail line is being built within the SR 520 corridor, Sound Transit will also be working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
The Overlake Neighborhood Plan calls for the transformation of the Overlake Village area to a vibrant and walkable urban village with jobs, housing, and retail. Transit-oriented development, including over 1,000 new homes, ground-level retail, and a 274-room hotel, are now in design or under construction within a half-mile of the future Overlake Village light rail station.
Extending Light Rail to Southeast Redmond and Downtown Redmond
With the passage of ST3, light rail is set to extend to Southeast Redmond and Downtown Redmond. The preliminary design phase began in late 2017 and will continue through mid-2018. Light rail is targeted to arrive in Southeast Redmond and Downtown Redmond in 2024. Find out more at Redmond.gov/LightRailExtension.