At a study session on Monday the City Council debated together then unanimously approved a letter that will be sent to Sound Transit. The letter addresses an updated environmental review of the East Link light rail project.
The deadline for public comments on Sound Transit's supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) was yesterday, but Council was allowed to send its letter today so comments from its Monday night meeting could be included. A copy of the letter is available.
The SDEIS evaluates alternatives developed since the original draft environmental review was released in December 2008. East Link will extend light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington, through Bellevue, to the Overlake Transit Center.
Also during the Monday session, Council examined a recent study by a city-hired consultant about the potential for noise and vibration caused by light rail. The work is a peer review of Sound Transit’s analysis in the SDEIS. Council members remain extremely concerned about noise and vibration impacts on whatever light rail route Sound Transit ultimately selects.
Council members asked numerous questions of the consultant during the meeting. Bellevue submitted a copy of the peer review report as part of its SDEIS technical comments, in addition to the Council's comment letter.
For more information, view the agenda item on the Council's SDEIS comment letter; for more information on the noise and vibration study see the council agenda item. Also, see the city's light rail web pages; or Sound Transit's East Link project pages.
Feedback: Bernard van de Kamp, Regional Projects Manager, Bellevue Transportation Department, 425-452-6459 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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