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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Council Roundup: Update on city's light rail proposal

During its Monday study session the City Council reviewed the first piece of analysis work on a revised route for the East Link light rail project.

The B7-Revised route is a variation on the council's preferred alternative, B7, a route that would generally follow Interstate 90 east across Mercer Slough, then north along I-405 into downtown Bellevue.

Sound Transit's preferred route runs north from I-90 along Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast toward downtown.

In December, Council hired a consulting firm, Arup North America Ltd., to study the B7-Revised route in order to get an "apples to apples" comparison with the B7 route studied by Sound Transit in its draft environmental impact statement for East Link.

The study will include early engineering and environmental work. One element of the work was So far, an open house was held on Jan. 25 and it attracted about 185 attendees. On Monday, the council received a report summarizing the event and listing the comments received.

A second public meeting and open house will be held Tuesday, March 8, to present preliminary work on proposed alternative for Sound Transit's East Link light rail project. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first floor of City Hall. It will include two presentations, at 5:15 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m., to unveil work done to that point. Topics will include route alignment, station and park-and-ride layouts, environmental issues, private property considerations, and traffic. 

A third public meeting is also planned as part of the process, along with additional council meetings. Arup will produce a concept design report on the B7-Revised alternative this summer. Once the report is completed, additional environmental and engineering work would be needed to bring the B7-Revised analysis up to a similar level as the various route alternatives already studied by Sound Transit.

For more information, view the agenda item at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/City%20Council/PacketExtendedStudySession2-14-113b.pdf. Also, see the city’s light rail web pages at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/light-rail.htm; or Sound Transit’s East Link project pages at http://www.soundtransit.org/x3245.xml

Feedback: Maher Welaye, Project Manager, Bellevue Transportation Department, 425-452-4879 or mwelaye@bellevuewa.gov

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