November 19: Sound Transit Eastlink Extension

November 19: Sound Transit Eastlink Extension

Washington Society of Professional Engineers
Sound Transit Eastlink Extension

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30-9:30 PM
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109


About this Event

The Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) is excited to announce another spectacular evening for our members and guests. We'll join for an evening of good food, community, and enjoy a presentation from Justin Garrod, the East Link CMC Project Manager.

Members from all WSPE chapters and their guests are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend, please purchase tickets hereTickets will be available up to two days prior to the meeting.

Dinner is included with ticket.

Presentation Summary:

In just a few short years our eastside members may ride light rail to our WSPE meetings.  Come learn what it takes to put a train on a floating bridge and plop it into the heart of Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and points in between.  What are the challenges?  What are the budgets?  How many riders do we expect to take this exciting new route east?


Fourteen miles long, East Link includes 10 stations from Seattle's International District to Judkins Park, across I-90 to Mercer Island and South Bellevue, and through downtown Bellevue and the Bel-Red area to Redmond Technology Station. When East Link opens in 2023, passengers will be able to ride almost 40 miles of fast, reliable light rail, from the Eastside to downtown Seattle and Northgate and to Sea-Tac Airport and Angle Lake.


  • Open: 2023
  • Length: 14 miles; 10 stations
  • Service: Every 6 minutes in peak hours.
  • Projected travel times:
    • Mercer Island to University of Washington: 20 minutes
    • South Bellevue to Sea-Tac Airport: 50 minutes
    • Redmond Technology to Bellevue Downtown: 10 minutes
  • Projected ridership including downtown Redmond extension: 43,000 – 52,000 daily riders by 2026

More information at

Presenter's Background:

Justin Garrod has 21 years of experience in managing transit projects through all phases of the project lifecycle.  Justin's direct experience spans Rail Vehicle Maintenance, Rail Vehicle Procurement, Final Design, Construction Oversight, Testing and Commissioning, Safety Certification, Rail Activation and Project Close-out.  Justin is currently leading a team of construction management professionals overseeing $1.0B of civil construction on Sound Transit's East Link Light Rail Extension.  Justin has a Master's Degree from Denver University in Transportation Management and is a certified PMP and CCM.

Dinner Menu (included with ticket):

Tender London Broil - "Marinated in  Wine and Seasonings then Grilled to Perfection, served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Dijon Mushroom Demi Glace".  All dinners include harvest salad greens, focacia bread and butter, freshly brewed Caffe Vita coffee, decaffeinated coffee or tea and desert.

Please purchase TICKETS to let us know you plan to attend and pay by credit card on this site. Members and non-student guests should purchase "member" tickets and there are specially discounted tickets available for student guests. No need to print your ticket as a list of attendees will be generated prior to the meeting. Tickets are available up to two days prior to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you!

WSPE Admin


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