Station Area Planning
Sound Transit's East Link light rail line will include six stations in Bellevue. The city is preparing for the stations by planning changes in the areas around them, which could include better connections to the stations for pedestrians, cyclists and bus riders, as well as sidewalk and landscaping improvements.
Conceptualization of the area around the Spring District/120th Station.
Bellevue's station area planning is completely separate from Sound Transit's East Link station design work. Each neighborhood area has different issues. For example, while transit-oritented development (TOD) is viable in the areas around four of the stations, there is no TOD potential west of the East Main station or anywhere around the South Bellevue station, due to well-established city policy preserving existing single-family neighborhoods.
While each station is unique, issues common to all include:
- Pedestrian/bicycle access from the surrounding area;
- Local bus service to the station; and
- Improvements such as sidewalks, utilities, landscaping and way-finding that could enhance the area.
Station area planning seeks to achieve:
- Seek input from nearby residents, business and property owners to identify what issues should be addressed in the plan.
- Analyze issues that can be addressed through the planning process, and develop different concepts and strategies.
- Recommend which concept and strategies should be in the final plan.
- Present the recommendation to the City Council for approval or further direction.
- Make the plan a reality by implementing the strategies included in the recommendation.
Note: Station area planning does not include the design of the station itself, construction, mitigation, operation or maintenance of light rail; those are the responsibility of Sound Transit.