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East Link presentation to Sound Transit board postponed
Posted by Nicole Tsong
A presentation on Bellevue light rail routes originally scheduled for Thursday's Sound Transit board meeting has been canceled, a transit spokesman said.
Instead, the transit board and the Bellevue City Council are planning a joint work session within the next couple of weeks to hash out issues related to the East Link line and light rail routes in Bellevue. The public session will give the board and the council a chance to discuss new ideas about Bellevue routes, including whether the board wants to re-examine its preferred route in South Bellevue, said transit spokesman Bruce Gray.
Light rail in south Bellevue has been a hot topic recently. Last week, the City Council floated a proposal for a new route through South Bellevue, and this week agreed to send a letter to the transit board asking the agency to consider the modified route. The route would stop at the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride, then head east across Mercer Slough Nature Park before veering north on the BNSF Railway. See a map here.
Last year, the transit board supported a route that would run up Bellevue Way Southeast and turn right at 112th Avenue Southeast. The board will make the final decision on light rail routes in Bellevue later this year.
Gray said that the board hadn't received the city council's letter yet.
At the workshop, the board and council also would most likely discuss the downtown route, which could include a tunnel.
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