City to consider transit improvements

The council approved principles for an update to the city’s transit plan, intended to ensure that Bellevue gets the most out of transit service provided by King County and Sound Transit.

The Transit Master Plan, an update of a 2003 plan, will address the city’s needs over the next 20 years. The council agreed that the plan should present a bold vision of what transit improvements are needed to support Bellevue’s growth targets and economic vitality and identify investments that encourage long-term ridership growth.

The launch of the transit plan update this month follows several months of public outreach during which staff surveyed bus riders, formulated draft principles and crafted a scope of work.

While the city does not itself provide transit, it makes recommendations to King County Metro and Sound Transit based on the community’s needs, and can make capital improvements that support bus routes.

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