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In the 2011-2012 budget, the City Council approved capital and operating funding to support an update to the Downtown Transportation Plan. Staff from the Transportation Department managed this effort with support from Planning & Community Development. A consultant team, headed by DKS Associates provided technical information and analysis to assist in decision-making. The Transportation Commission served as the advisory group for this plan update.
This plan update is focused on the transportation portion of the Downtown Subarea Plan which was adopted in 2004. That planning effort included a horizon extending out to 2020 – a date that is rapidly approaching. This plan extends out to 2030 to assure the downtown transportation system can function well for all modes and support expected new jobs and housing.
The plan update considers and incorporates forecasted growth in population and employment through 2030. This updated and extended planning effort included planned transit improvements such as King County Metro's RapidRide bus service and East Link light rail. Other regional projects, including State Route 520 improvements and tolling, also play a key role in the function of Bellevue’s transportation system. These and other projects and plans, such as the BelRed Subarea Plan, were not included in the currently adopted Downtown Subarea Plan and are now part of the Downtown Transportation Plan.
The multimodal strategy included in this plan accommodates both motorized and non-motorized transportation demand. The plan recommends improvements to roadways, transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and traffic signal operations. The Final Report documents the recommended transportation system improvements that will accommodate the forecast motorized and non-motorized trips through 2030, to support land use and to enhance livability.