Light rail is coming to Bellevue, and the City Council encourages interested people to comment on a draft environmental impact statement recently released by Sound Transit.
The environmental review is for East Link, part of a package of transit improvements approved by voters in November. East Link includes the extension of light rail across Lake Washington, through Bellevue, and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond.
On Dec. 12, Sound Transit, the agency that will build and operate the system, began a 75-day comment period on the draft EIS, a detailed study of the potential routes in Bellevue. The deadline for comments in Feb. 25. A public service announcement by Bellevue Mayor Grant Degginger provides additional information about the comment period.
"Now is the time to let Sound Transit know which route you believe will best serve the city and where stations are most appropriate, as well as offer any other comments or concerns you have regarding the environmental impact statement," said Mayor Degginger.
The draft EIS is available online at Sound Transit. Printed copies are available at the Bellevue Regional Library, Newport Way Library, Lake Hills Library and the Library Connection at Crossroads. You may express your thoughts by e-mail.
Public meetings coming up in Bellevue offer additional ways to comment. Sound Transit will hold one of them on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Bellevue High School; a second meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 29, at Bellevue City Hall. Other open houses will be in Redmond, Mercer Island and Seattle.
The Bellevue City Council is taking an active role in the East Link review process as well. On Feb. 2, Council will hold its own public hearing, providing an additional opportunity for residents and others to voice their opinion. Council will then forward those comments to Sound Transit, along with its preferences on specific light rail routes and other project details.
Public meetings in Bellevue:
Sound Transit, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Bellevue High School; 10416 Wolverine Way
Sound Transit, Thursday, Jan. 29, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Bellevue City Hall; 450 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue City Council, Monday, Feb. 2, after 8 p.m.; Council Chambers, Bellevue City Hall
Printed copies of the draft environmental impact statement are available at:
- Bellevue Regional Library: 1111 110th Ave. NE
- Newport Way Library: 14250 SE Newport Way
- Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd.
- CDs (free) or printed copies (to purchase) can be requested from Elma Borbe at Sound Transit (206-398-5445 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sound Transit staff contact: Ann Mueller at 206-370-5511 or email@example.com
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