Light Rail Extension

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Light Rail is Coming to Southeast Redmond and Downtown

Timeline - Redmond Link

Station Locations:
  • 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

Map - Redmond Link Extension

In November 2016, voters approved funding for the final design and construction of the extension of Link light rail from the Redmond Technology 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 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.

Development Agreement for Downtown Extension

Over the past two years of preliminary design, the City of Redmond and Sound Transit have engaged the community about big picture items like alignment and station locations, and also about preliminary station design and station access. With the preliminary design phase complete, Sound Transit and the City are preparing to enter into a development agreement that memorializes key project scope commitments and development standards.

What is a development agreement?

A development agreement is an agreement between the City and a property owner or developer. Development agreements usually identify the types and intensity of uses proposed, and are typically requested by property owners to provide certainty and predictability with respect to required mitigation, infrastructure and applicable regulations that will apply to identified properties over a certain period of time.

What is the purpose of the development agreement with Sound Transit?

The proposed development agreement for the light rail extension to Downtown has four main purposes:

  1. It vests Sound Transit to development regulations in place at the time the agreement is executed, providing certainty to Sound Transit and the design-builder.

  2. It provides for deviations from and modifications to certain development standards to facilitate an efficient permitting process and station design outcomes consistent with City interests.

  3. It lists specific scope commitments that Sound Transit is making that benefit the Redmond community.

  4. It lists City of Redmond “betterments,” which are improvements that are not part of the Sound Transit project that the City will fund and Sound Transit will build in order to take advantage of Sound Transit’s mobilization of construction resources to complete critical City projects in advance of light rail opening.

As the Redmond City Council considers the development agreement, we are sharing how key themes from the community were addressed in preliminary design. We are asking you to:

  1. Share your level of support for preliminary design decisions, and

  2. Share what ideas and concerns you have looking ahead to construction.

City staff will share your feedback with the City Council prior to the Council’s action on the development agreement, expected in spring or summer 2019.

Development Agreement Schedule (subject to change)

  • February 20 – March 12, 2019: Complete questionnaire (closed as of 5 p.m. on March 12, 2019)

  • April 9, 2019: City Council committee meeting on development agreement

  • May 7, 2019: City Council public hearing on development agreement

  • May 14, 2019: City Council study session on development agreement (if necessary)

  • June 4, 2019: City Council action on development agreement

Development Agreement Resources

Recent Activities

  • In November 2018, Sound Transit issued a request for proposals to design-build teams for the final design and construction of this project. The final design and construction phase is expected to begin in late 2019.
  • In October 2018, the Sound Transit Board updated the “project to be built” to locate the Downtown Redmond Station in the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) corridor at 166th Ave NE, and revising the profile of the rail in the RCC corridor from at-grade to elevated.
  • In August 2018, Sound Transit completed environmental review for this project.
  • The Sound Transit Board has authorized a series of property acquisitions for the Downtown extension. Additional authorizations will continue during 2019.

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 Downtown bus-rail transit integration (TRAIN) 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.

The outcome of the study was that the City Council recommended that the Downtown Redmond light rail station be elevated and located between 164th Ave NE and 166th Ave NE. The Council emphasized safety, mobility, and a direct and uninterrupted Redmond Central Connector as key reasons for recommending these design changes. Subsequently, the Sound Transit Board approved an elevated station spanning 166th Ave NE in the fall of 2018, citing significant safety and operational benefits in the revised design.

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.

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