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Sound Transit this week completed Connect 2020, an 11-week project to connect the existing Link light-rail system to the 14-mile East Link extension in Seattle.
The agency’s existing rail tunnel is now configured for East Link in preparation for extended service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond, Washington, via 10 new stations in 2023.
Before then, three new stations — U District, Roosevelt and Northgate — will begin service in 2021.
Light-rail service will return to two-track service in downtown Seattle stations on March 30. However, trains will continue to run on a reduced schedule implemented by the agency in response to a nearly 70 percent ridership decrease as the region battles the spread of the novel coronavirus, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.