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Get ready, Eastside. Light rail is finally coming to Bellevue in April

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Light rail will finally get rolling on the Eastside, providing a new way to travel across Bellevue, starting in spring 2024.

Service on Sound Transit's 2 Line is slated to begin Saturday, April 27.

Trains are expected to run roughly every 10 minutes, over 16 hours a day, seven days per week. Sound Transit has estimated that ridership will be about 6,000 average weekday riders.

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The 2 Line is a light rail corridor stretching from the "Redmond Technology Station" (near Microsoft) at the north to "South Bellevue" near Enatai Beach Park. It has eight stations, passing through downtown Bellevue and the BelRed area.

This initial light rail service is considered a "starter line" — the first stretch in the 2 Line's larger Eastside connection.

A 3.4-mile extension further north to downtown Redmond is in the works. Ultimately, this Eastside line will span 14 miles and cross the I-90 bridge over Lake Washington to connect to Seattle.

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