More than 150 residents learned about possible routes for a proposed light rail line on the Eastside at a Sound Transit workshop in Bellevue City Hall last week. Tonight, April 5, people who live and work in the Bel-Red/Overlake area will get their chance.
Sound Transit will host the workshop, 4 to 7 p.m. at Highland Community Center. The March 27 meeting focused on possible routes for the south and downtown Bellevue segment of the light rail line. Tonight's workshop will concentrate on routes and stops in the Bel-Red/Overlake area.
If voters approve funding in November, the proposed East Link line would tie into the central line currently under construction in the Interstate 5 corridor and cross Lake Washington on the I-90 bridge. It would provide a congestion-free alternative for the Eastside’s biggest population and employment centers, including Mercer Island, Bellevue, the Bel-Red Corridor, Overlake and Redmond.
The project that includes the East Link is called Sound Transit 2, which will be one of two companion ballot measures, known as "Roads & Transit" to appear before voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties on Nov. 7.
Already troubled by congested highways, the Eastside is expected to see a 30 percent population increase and employment that will double by 2030. The East Link project is projected to move nearly 45,000 people on the Eastside each day — 13 million per year — by 2030, taking thousands of cars off the road and providing a way through congestion in the most heavily traveled corridors.
Sound Transit seeks public participation in a series of route and station workshops tailored to areas within the project corridor. Five workshops are planned throughout the project area, and each is focused on the neighborhood, route and station where the workshop will be.
If you plan on attending a workshop, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Wilbert Santos at 206-370-5516.
For more details about the Eastside light rail project and how it fits into the Bellevue City Council's vision for the Bellevue, go to the Sound Transit East Link section.
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