In anticipation of the launch of the Eastside light rail starter line this spring, Sound Transit has initiated regular practice runs between the South Bellevue and Redmond Technology stations. These runs occur every 10 to 15 minutes and mark the beginning of enhanced public transportation in the area.
The upcoming Eastside light rail line, now referred to as the 2 Line ( was previously East Link) is set to transform commuting between Bellevue and Redmond, ultimately extending its reach to Mercer Island and Seattle in the near future. Sound Transit operators and maintenance staff have been working on the 2 Line since November, undertaking simulated services to ensure a seamless and safe experience for passengers.
The City of Bellevue is reminding residents and commuters to use caution, especially in areas with street crossings. The BelRed district, with its four street crossings, warrants special attention from pedestrians and motorists alike.
The City of Bellevue urges to pay special attention when you’re crossing Northeast Spring Street, Northup Way or 136th Place Northeast, all near the Bel-Red Station and light rail crossing areas:
- Look both ways. Trains come from both directions, so always expect a second train!
- Take headphones off, put screens down. It’s important to stay alert to be safe.
- Take crosswalks, not shortcuts. Trains always have the right of way, so pay attention to crossing signals and only cross at designated crossings.
- Bike smart; ride safe. When you’re riding a bike, always cross tracks at a 90-degree angle to prevent getting stuck.
The 2 Line will add 6.6 miles, eight stations, and two garages to the light rail system. The remaining section, which includes Judkins Park and Mercer Island, are expected to open in 2025.