Statement from Bellevue Mayor Grant Degginger on behalf of the City Council regarding Sound Transit Board decision on East Link:
"The decision today by Sound Transit's Board of Directors to continue to advance a tunnel option was a good one. While we are disappointed the city's preferred option was not selected, we are glad elements of both tunnel options will continue to be considered.
"We want to reiterate our commitment to promptly identify funding sources for a downtown tunnel. We hope Sound Transit is ready to partner with Bellevue in this effort. To deliver fast, reliable service to the highest possible ridership, East Link needs to compliment, not compete, with Bellevue's existing transportation system. We are convinced that means a downtown tunnel.
"We worked closely with our community to evaluate regional and local trade-offs in identifying route options for additional study. We would urge Sound Transit to continue to look at all the city's preferred alternatives that weren't identified today.
"Bellevue would like to thank Chairman Nickels and all Sound Transit board members for their continued efforts and openness on East Link, and would especially like to thank members from the Eastside: Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Kirkland Councilmember Mary-Alyce Burleigh and Issaquah Deputy Council President Fred Butler."
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