Friday, January 2, 2009

Sound Transit’s Plans for Redmond

Sound Transit

Sound Transit has recently published documents that outline the voter-approved East Link light rail line connecting Seattle and Redmond. The East Link line is a 14.5 mile light rail extension that goes across the I-90 bridge and connects Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond’s Overlake Transit Center. The following map shows the proposed route:

Click for more info on the East Link line

For a map of the entire Sound Transit system, see the Seattle Times Your guide to riding light rail.

Sound Transit trains on I-90East Link trains are estimated to carry 40,000 to 45,000 riders daily (13 million per year) by 2030. The Central Link between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport is scheduled to be completed this year. Central Link trains are estimated to carry 45,000 riders daily by 2020.

East Link Project Documents
The following docs from the Sound Transit East Link Document Library provide details on the East Link Project:

East Link Project: Executive Summary   Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Executive Summary
Describes various East Link alternatives, their potential impacts, as well as environmental concerns.
East Link Segment D: Bel-Red Corridor   East Link Segment D:
Bel-Red Corridor
This fact sheet provides more detailed information about the East Link project in the Overlake/Bel-Red corridor.
East Link Light Rail: Resource Glossary   East Link Light Rail
Resource Glossary
This document provides a description of terms related to light rail systems, such as "cut-and-cover construction.

For a complete listing of all East Link Project documents, see the Sound Transit East Link Document Library.

Other Blog Postings on Community Studies
Here’s a list of other Redmond Library blog postings on community studies:

Engage: Redmond Library 2009 Community Study
Communities Count 2008: Social & Health Indicators Across King County
City of Redmond: Pedestrian Program Plan
Redmond Community Indicators 2008

Redmond Library Board

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