Street-level light rail in Bellevue is front-runner in study
A street-level light-rail route across downtown Bellevue will be the front-runner in Sound Transit's environmental studies for the $2.8 billion East Link project, the agency's governing board decided today.
Seattle Times transportation reporter
A street-level light-rail route across downtown Bellevue will be the front-runner in Sound Transit's environmental studies for the $2.7 billion East Link project, the agency's governing board decided today.
Partial engineering will also be done for a bored-tunnel option, which would cost perhaps $500 million more. Trains would go underground at Main Street, stop beneath the existing transit center, and emerge near Northeast 112th Street, before crossing Interstate 405 toward Overlake. Bellevue and transit officials would have to negotiate a plan for cost cuts and city funding, or get federal aid, to pay for a tunnel.
Microsoft favors a surface route to conserve money, in hopes of stretching the tracks farther, to downtown Redmond. The Bellevue Downtown Association backs the bored tunnel. A final decision is due next year.
Voters last fall approved lines to Lynnwood, Overlake and Federal Way, to open in the early 2020s.
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