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Light Rail – the citizen’s solution
In early January, I went to a city council meeting and suggested that light rail in Bellevue should use as much of the existing BNSF rail as possible and that 116th will become the “new” Bellevue Way.
Citizens and visitors/tourists should have good transit access to the Bel-Rad corridor, hospitals, Bellevue Botanical Garden and most importantly, a safe, low traffic place to park when using transit.” i.e. not just access to the downtown core.
Since then I have read quite a few interesting opinions including a Feb. 6 letter in which the writer encourages setting politics aside and the use a fiscal sound, forward thinking approach to light rail in Bellevue, as the choice will have “100-year-plus impacts.”
Again, build a “central” mass transit station/light rail stop on 116th with a huge parking garage and use a direct non-stop bus between the existing downtown core transit center and the and the new central one. One would think 10th and Fourth would be ideal for this route in and out of the core.
This approach would avoid light rail on congested downtown surface streets, use existing infrastructure, make a $285 million dollar tunnel unnecessary, keep light rail off Bellevue Way and solve most if not all of the rest of the problems that have been raised.
Laura Medleau, Bellevue