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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 12, 2010

Council, Sound Transit to discuss downtown routes

The City Council and Sound Transit Board of Directors discussed recently proposed downtown light rail routes at a joint workshop on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Residents were invited to the meeting, but no public comments were taken.

The meeting was intended to facilitate discussion among members of the council and the Sound Transit Board regarding downtown route options for the East Link light rail project.

The four new downtown route alternatives are analyzed in a Concept Design Report available on the Sound Transit website. The choices include two street-level alternatives, one elevated alternative and one tunnel alternative. Two earlier options identified in May 2009 continue to be studied. 

In addition to the joint Council-Board meeting Thursday, Sound Transit will host a public open house on the new downtown alternatives from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 (with a presentation at 5 p.m.), on the first-floor concourse of City Hall.
East Link, approved by voters in 2008 as part of a regional ST2 package of transit projects, includes the extension of light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington to Bellevue and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond. Sound Transit is scheduled to make a final decision on an East Link route through Bellevue by early 2011. 

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