The East Link light rail is set for completion in 2023. The commute between Seattle and Bellevue will be approx. 21 minutes. That’s 25 minutes shorter than the commute we see today!


Lester Black, a writer at The Stranger, wrote the article “Is Bellevue the Next Williamsburg,” questioning if trendy cafes, music venues, and breweries will follow all of the growth happening in the suburb, and if more people in Seattle will start traveling to Bellevue.” According to Downtown Bellevue Network, “Bellevue estimates that the neighborhood will have 5,000 new housing units and 10,000 new jobs.”


Lester says that connecting Seattle and Bellevue (via East Link light rail) will create many positive impacts such as:


  • Creation of 49,000+ jobs
  • Connecting 200,000+ existing jobs between Seattle and the Eastside
  • Eliminating 230,000 vehicles per day
  • Reducing 22,000 to 29,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year


To read the full Downtown Bellevue Network article, click here.