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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Council Roundup: More study for new light rail option

Also, school levies endorsed

On Monday, the Bellevue City Council agreed to send a letter to Sound Transit asking that the agency study a new variation on the future light rail line through the area south of downtown.

The new route exits Interstate 90 at Bellevue Way, goes north to a station at the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride lot before turning east to cross above Mercer Slough Nature Park. It then heads north on the BNSF railroad corridor, 118th Avenue Southeast and 114th Avenue Southeast to downtown Bellevue.

Sound Transit is already studying several routes for the East Link project. Some of the routes were identified in a draft environmental impact statement released in late 2008, while other alternatives have emerged since then.

All of the options are part of the East Link light rail line, approved by voters in 2008 as part of a regional ST2 package of transit projects. East Link includes the extension of  light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington to Bellevue and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond.

Long-term plans call for Sound Transit to complete its final environmental review of all the East Link alternatives in late 2010, with a final board decision on routes and station locations after that. Design work for East Link will continue into 2013, construction would begin by 2014, with light rail service projected to begin in Bellevue in 2020.

For more information on East Link, view the Council Study Session item or the Light Rail and Bellevue web page.

Feedback: Bernard Van de Kamp, Regional Projects Manager, 425-452-6459 or bvandekamp@bellevuewa.gov

Council endorses school levies
The council endorsed Bellevue and Issaquah school district levies to appear on the ballot in February.

The Bellevue School District's educational programs and operations levy and technology and capital projects levy would replace current levies. The Issaquah district, where some Bellevue students attend school, has three levies to renew -- for maintenance and operations, capital projects and school buses. 

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