The first meeting of the city’s new light rail “best practices” committee has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 1E-113.
The City Council in June decided to undertake the Light Rail Best Practices Project to learn from the experiences of other communities that have light rail systems. The City Council appointed a committee to oversee the project, lead community engagement in learning about and discussing the best practices of light rail implementation and develop policy recommendations for the City Council. The committee will not be analyzing or recommending specific alignments or station locations. The city’s goal is to be better positioned to influence decisions that will be made by the Sound Transit Board regarding the location, design and operation of light rail in Bellevue.
The region’s voters in November will be asked to approve funding for a proposed light rail line that would extend from Seattle to Bellevue and on to Redmond. The line is part of a larger regional transit and roadways improvements package that will be on the ballot.
The committee will work closely with city staff and a consultant. Its recommendations will ultimately assist the community and City Council evaluate and determine Bellevue’s light rail routing preferences.
The committee’s work is expected to be complete in about a year, before Sound Transit completes its draft environmental impact statement for the proposed line.
The committee will meet monthly beginning in September. Dates and locations of the meetings will be publicized. City Council member Claudia Balducci will serve as council liaison to the committee, and Council member Don Davidson will serve as alternate.
The committee itself is comprised of Bellevue residents who presently serve on various city commissions. More information about the project and the committee, including the names of the commissioners who will serve on it, can be found on the best practices web page.
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