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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 10, 2007

Light Rail Best Practices open house Thursday

Bellevue's Light Rail Best Practices project, an effort to guide the development of an Eastside light rail line that is the right fit for the city, will launch Thursday, Sept. 13, with an open house, 4 to 7 p.m., at City Hall.Rendering of a light rail line along the Interstate 90 bridge.

Sound Transit is proposing to bring light rail across the I-90 bridge, through Bellevue and on to Redmond. The city will explore the “best practices” of other light rail systems to learn what works and what doesn’t elsewhere and apply those lessons to Bellevue. This project will not decide specific routing or station locations.

The Light Rail Best Practices Committee wants to hear from residents and businesses at the open house, which will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about light rail and the best practices and East Link projects;
  • Find out about issues and opportunities identified so far;
  • Share comments, ideas and concerns;
  • Tell the Committee which best practices you would like us to explore.

So far, residents have asked the Committee to consider several topic areas, including:

  • Neighborhood character and protection;
  • Station accessibility;
  • Street design and operations;
  • Land use and property values;
  • Environmental protection;
  • Public safety; and
  • Construction.

Your feedback is important to us. If you are unable to attend and want to comment, please e-mail the staff listed in the right column of this page. The Light Rail Best Practices web pages offer more information about this project.

Visitor parking is free for anyone attending a city-sponsored event. The visitor garage is accessible from 110th Avenue Northeast (access for oversize vehicles is from Northeast Sixth Street). If you plan to drop by and leave before 5:30 p.m., please get your parking ticket validated at Service First on the first-floor concourse.

For those who prefer to ride the bus, the Bellevue Transit Center is within easy walking distance of City Hall.

 Title VI Notice
It is the City of Bellevue’s policy to assure that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated may file a complaint with the Title VI Coordinator.

For Title VI complaint forms and advice, please contact the Title VI Coordinator at 425-452-4270.

The meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible. American Sign Language interpretation is available upon request. Please call at least 48 hours in advance. For assistance for the hearing-impaired, dial 711 (TR).

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Contact Information

Planning & Community Development
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Mike Kattermann
Phone: 425-452-2042
E-mail: mkattermann@bellevuewa.gov

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