Strategic Target Area: Transportation and Mobility
Getting into, around and through Bellevue is a given. Transportation is both reliable and predictable. Mode choices are abundant and safe.
Bellevue is well connected to the rest of the region and its activities via roads and transit. Bellevue’s commercial centers are bustling, but can be reliably traversed by their employees and customers even during commute hours and holidays. People come to Bellevue for entertainment and shopping because it is convenient to get around.
Adequate regional road capacity handles a high volume of demand. Regional trips are accommodated on regional roads, thus limiting the impacts to neighborhoods from cut-through traffic. Roads are well designed and well maintained, and are managed to minimize congestion and keep people moving even at peak periods. A state-of-the-art, intelligent transportation system moves people through the city with a minimum of wait times and frustration. Those who choose to drive can find convenient parking. Visitors and those who do not drive enjoy ample public transportation with seamless, reliable connections through a wide variety of services including local transit, circulator buses, taxis and ride-sharing services. Walking and biking is safe and enjoyable, and pedestrians are comfortable and safe.
Council's Two-Year Priorities for Transportation and Mobility
- Continue to execute on our transportation capital plans for future growth and mobility of the city, including projects in downtown, BelRed, Wilburton and other growth areas;
- Continue to implement projects in the neighborhoods, with a focus on safety and connectivity with a particular emphasis on sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic calming;
- Advocate with the state Department of Transportation and regional agencies for acceleration of the I-405, completion of SR 520, including Bellevue projects (i.e. Northeast Sixth Street, 124th Avenue Northeast Interchange, braided ramps);
- Continue the permitting on light rail and implement plans to mitigate construction impacts to our residents and businesses; and
- Advocate for improved transit service in Bellevue and Eastside in the Metro Long Range Transit Plan .