Sound Transit to consider elevated light rail alignment in Redmond

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SEATTLE — Sound Transit will study the benefits of an elevated light rail line in downtown Redmond as part of an extension planned for the area in 2019, according to an agency news release.

The proposed changes were recently identified in conjunction with Redmond city officials and other local partners following regional voters’ November 2016 approval of the project. Sound Transit managers say an elevated rail line would improve service and safety by separating trains from vehicle and pedestrian traffic. It would also result in an approximately 600-foot shorter route ending at an elevated station in the Redmond town center area.

Advocates for the design say an elevated alignment would be cost effective and a win-win for all involved parties.

The proposed refinements will undergo additional environmental and engineering review prior to the board’s scheduled 2018 adoption of the final project. The project extends the East Link project that is now under construction by nearly 3.5-miles.

Even with the refinements, the project is estimated to cost between $880 million and $915 million.

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