East Link Unveiled: How the New Light Rail Benefits You

The 2 Line, between South Bellevue to Redmond Technology Station, is opening April 27, 2024

The East Link Extension is set to transform Bellevue's transportation landscape, offering a new, efficient way to navigate the city and the Eastside beyond. This eagerly anticipated project promises to enhance connectivity, reduce commute times, and improve accessibility for all residents. With its introduction, Bellevue is poised to enjoy a significant boost in convenience and urban mobility, marking a major milestone in the city's development.

Project map and surrounding area for East Link Extension

Spanning fourteen miles, the East Link Extension stretches from Seattle's International District through Judkins Park, over I-90 to Mercer Island and South Bellevue, then weaves through downtown Bellevue and the Bel-Red area, finally reaching Redmond Technology Station with a total of 10 stations.

This ambitious 14-mile route features 10 strategically placed stations, designed to optimize urban mobility and accessibility. Commuters can look forward to services running every 8 minutes during peak hours, ensuring efficient travel. Notably, the projected travel time from Redmond Technology to Downtown Bellevue is just 10 minutes, signifying a substantial enhancement in regional transportation efficiency and convenience for daily commuters and visitors alike.

Key Features of the East Link Extension

The East Link Extension, a pivotal addition to Bellevue's transport network, is set to revolutionize how residents and visitors navigate the city. Stretching from Seattle through Bellevue and into Redmond, this line includes multiple state-of-the-art stations, each designed with comfort and efficiency in mind. Key benefits include:

  • Reduced Commute Times: Fast, reliable service that cuts through traffic, offering a stress-free journey.
  • Environmental Sustainability: A greener alternative that contributes to reducing the city's carbon footprint by focusing on public transportation development.
  • Enhanced Connectivity: Seamless connections to major hubs and technological centers, making it easier to access luxury amenities, work, and leisure destinations.


Looking Ahead

The completion of the East Link Extension is poised to revolutionize connectivity across the Eastside and Seattle. Scheduled to fully open in phases, with the segment from South Bellevue Station to Redmond Technology Center set to welcome passengers in 2024, and the extension to the International District/Chinatown Station in Seattle to follow in 2025.

Impact on Connected Living and Real Estate

The East Link Extension is poised to significantly impact Bellevue and the Eastside's real estate market. Homes within proximity to the stations are expected to see a surge in demand due to the added convenience and accessibility. This development enhances the allure of living in Bellevue and the Eastside, offering:

  • Increased Property Values: Enhanced accessibility typically leads to appreciation in real estate prices, making investments now more attractive.
  • Attractiveness to Upscale Buyers: The convenience of having a sophisticated transport system at your doorstep is a significant draw for buyers looking for premium living experiences.

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