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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Open house on city's light rail route Tuesday

Residents can learn more about the light rail route through South Bellevue that the city is studying at an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The city event will be 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 1E-108 at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.

"B7-Revised" is a variation of an alignment that would run along the BNSF rail corridor studied by Sound Transit in a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the regional agency's East Link project.

The City Council directed staff to do additional work on the B7-Revised route to compare it with the B7 route considered in the DEIS. Specifically, they want to find out if design changes can improve performance, reduce impacts and reduce costs.

Sound Transit's Board of Directors is expected to make a final decision on East Link routes in the coming months. Sound Transit’s preferred route runs along Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue.

The council wants to make sure that East Link, the largest and most expensive transportation project in Bellevue’s history, best serves the needs of Bellevue’s businesses, commuters, residents and visitors.

This open house is the first of up to three opportunities for residents to learn more about and comment upon the B7-Revised alternative.

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450 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Maher Welaye, Project Manager
Phone: 425-452-4879
E-mail: mwelaye@bellevuewa.gov

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