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East Link is a voter-approved project to extend light rail from Seattle, across Lake Washington on Interstate 90, through Bellevue and on to the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond. It is a Sound Transit project, but Bellevue residents, directly and through the City Council and staff, are offering input about the route through Bellevue.
In the fall of 2012, the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit are making decisions concerning: cost savings ideas, land use code amendments for the light rail line, a possible high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on Bellevue Way and the siting of a Sound Transit satellite maintenance facility. Details, including when public meetings are scheduled, are available at Public Involvement.
In November 2011, the council signed an agreement with Sound Transit detailing city contributions for a downtown light rail tunnel and design modifications to minimize impacts of the rail line on neighborhoods. The city and the transit agency are now partners in a "collaborative design process" intended to reduce costs, comply with codes and regulations, and finish the project on time.
These web pages provide background and additional information on Bellevue's involvement with East Link. Sound Transit offers its own information about the project. Questions for Sound Transit about the project can be directed to Katie Kuciemba (206-398-5459 or firstname.lastname@example.org).