City planners and Sound Transit staff will jointly host three drop-in sessions next week so the public can review and discuss updated designs and cost-saving ideas for the East Link light rail project.
Feedback from the sessions will help narrow down a list of cost-savings ideas that have been studied in preparation for a final decision on the options in spring 2013. Information and drawings will be available. The drop-in session discussion topics, dates and locations are:
- Bellevue Way ideas: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5 to 7 p.m., New Hope International Church, 10808 SE 28th St.;
- 112th Avenue Southeast ideas: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5 to 7 p.m., Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave. SE; and
- Downtown Bellevue ideas: Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 to 6 p.m., City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.
At each session, discussion topics will correspond with ideas for the area near the meeting location. Bellevue and Sound Transit have been involved in a collaborative design process since early this year, working toward final design of the light rail line.
East Link will run from Seattle, across Lake Washington on Interstate 90, through Bellevue to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond. Before construction begins, Sound Transit must finalize the route design, stations, art installations, construction methods and mitigation. East Link is projected to begin service in 2023.
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