Puget Sound region commuters interested in learning more about Sound Transit transportation projects and investments might be interested in reading the agency’s 2019 Regional Report.
Since 1996, voters have approved three ballot measures — Sound Move (1996 – $3.9 billion), ST2 (2008 – $17.8 billion), and ST3 (2016 – $53.8 billion) — directing $75.5 billion in new tax revenue toward efforts to expand bus, light rail, and other transportation services through 2041.
Broken out by five areas (Eastside, Pierce County, Seattle, Snohomish County, and South King County), Sound Transit’s 2019 Regional Report offers updates on system expansion projects, identifies possible challenges on the horizon, and provides resources on how residents can help shape future Sound Transit decisions.
The complete report is available online here.
Here are some highlights specific to the Eastside:
- With Link light rail service between Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond scheduled to begin in 2023, Sound Transit will install track on the Interstate 90 floating bridge and Mercer Island, complete the elevated guideway along the entire East Link route, and finish construction of the Bellevue tunnel this year.
- A contractor is expected to be selected this year to complete the design and construction of Link light rail service from the Redmond Technology Station to Marymoor Village and downtown Redmond by 2024.
- Environmental review begins this year for a project that will offer Bus Rapid Transit service along Interstate 405 and State Route 522 / NE 145th Street by 2024.
- Planning will continue this year to build a Park-and-Ride lot for up to 200 vehicles in North Sammamish by 2024.
Sound Transit’s 2019 Regional Report for the Eastside is available online here.