Light Rail and Bellevue
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- South Bellevue East Link Construction Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Meeting: Materials from the April 27 meeting are posted online.
- East Main Station Area Planning Citizen Advisory Committee hosts an Open House, May 18, 5-7 p.m., Rm 1E-108. Give your feedback on the draft East Main Station Area Plan.
- South Portal/Downtown Tunnel Construction Begins: Tree and vegetation removal begins week of May 2. Demolition of structures began April 18 starting with those on Main St/110th Pl SE and heading east; then south on 112th Ave SE. Expect intermittent lane closures. NE 2nd Place closed between 110th Ave NE and 111th Ave NE for contractor staging area. SE 1st Place at 112th Ave SE permanently closed.. Subscribe to receive Sound Transit construction alerts.
Sound Transit's East Link light rail line will extend 14 miles from downtown Seattle to the Overlake area in Redmond, with 10 stations in Mercer Island, South Bellevue, downtown Bellevue, BelRed (Bellevue) and Overlake.
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The six East Link stations in Bellevue will be constructed in separate segments:
- Tunnel: Half mile of tunnel from Main Street to NE 6th Street. Work to begin 1st quarter 2016; expected to end 2nd Quarter 2020.
- South Bellevue Segment: I-90 East Channel Bridge to SE 4th Street on 112th Ave SE. Work to begin 4th Quarter 2016; expected to end 4th Quarter 2020 and includes:
- Central Bellevue Segment: SE 4th Street on 112th Ave SE to 124th Ave NE. Work to begin 2nd quarter 2017; expected to end 4th Quarter 2020 and includes:
- East Main Station
- Bellevue Downtown Station
- Wilburton Station
- BelRed Segment: 124th Ave NE to intersection of NE 20th St and 136th Ave NE. Work to begin first quarter 2017; expected to end 3rd Quarter 2020 and includes:
- Spring District/120th Station
- BelRed/130th Station
The following segment includes stations outside of Bellevue:
- SR520/Overlake Segment: NE 20th St to NE 40th Street at Overlake Transit Center. Work to begin 1st Quarter 2017; expected to end 1st Quarter 2020 and includes:
- Overlake Village Station (located in Redmond, WA)
- Redmond Technology Center Station (located in Redmond, WA)
- I-90/Seattle-Mercer Island Segment: From International District/Chinatown Station to the East end of the East Channel Bridge.
- Judkins Park Station (located in Seattle, WA)
- Mercer Island Station (located in Mercer Island, WA)
Systems and testing: construction of the systems (guide wires, electronics, signaling, etc.) will occur as each segment is completed and will be completed mid-2021. Testing of the entire East Link will take approximately one-year, with revenue service expected to begin late 2022 or early 2023.
Operations & Maintenance Satellite Facility
In addition to the stations, Sound Transit is constructing an Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF) in the BelRed area (Bellevue) where light rail vehicle (LRV) storage and maintenance will be located. This OMSF is needed to house the expanded fleet of LRVs with the East Link extension. Design of the facility will complement the BelRed Corridor Plan vision to transform the 900-acre corridor to capitalize on light rail investment and provide transit-oriented development opportunities.
Collaborative Design Process
At the time East Link (Sound Transit 2) was approved in 2008, the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit began to work closely, through a collaborative design process to create a Regional Light Rail Transit that meets regional and city needs. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) adopted in 2011 between the city and Sound Transit addressed the construction, operation, and maintenance of the light rail project was amended in 2015 to address coordination of City capital projects and terms regarding the OMSF.
Members of the Light Rail Permitting Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) were appointed by the City Council to help ensure community issues and concerns were to be addressed during the permit review process as defined in Bellevue’s Land Use Code. A great deal of public input was received at meetings and public events that helped shape the Design and Mitigation (D&M) Permits to be issued by the City.
The next D&M Permit to be issued by the City will be for the Central Bellevue Segment (E335) and is anticipated in Spring 2016. As of March 2016, application for the D&M Permit application for the Spring District/120th Station is pending.
The collaboration between Sound Transit and Bellevue continues as the design phase of the project comes to close and the construction phase begins in early 2016. Sound Transit and staff from the City’s permitting departments are working together to help minimize construction impacts to neighborhoods, businesses, traffic and the environment. The 2015 MOU requires various mitigation for the East Link project and is captured in Exhibit O. More about mitigation.