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Downtown Redmond light rail project breaks ground

Sound Transit is one step closer to bringing Link light rail to Redmond residents.

Editor's note: The above video was originally published in April 2019.

Sound Transit broke ground on the downtown Redmond Link light rail extension Wednesday.

The extension, which will have two stations in southeast Redmond and downtown Redmond, will connect to the East Link extension, including downtown Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Seattle’s International District.

The southeast Redmond station, which is near Marymoor Park, will have 1,400 parking spaces, according to Sound Transit.

The 3.4-mile-long extension is expected to open in 2024, one year after the East Link extension begins service. Sound Transit expects to being testing the line in 2023.

Credit: Sound Transit

When it’s completed, riders will be able to get to downtown Bellevue in 18 minutes, downtown Seattle in 45 minutes, and Sea-Tac Airport in 72 minutes, according to Sound Transit.

The downtown Redmond Link light rail extension was part of Sound Transit 3, the $54 billion tax package that voters approved in 2016 and will expand mass transit in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties.

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