This Issaquah Press piece does a good job of summing up Prop. 1 for Eastside commuters, especially those in Issaquah. It includes the obligatory quote from the anti-transit cabal on the Eastside, this time it’s the Eastside Transportation Association’s chair, Jim Horn.

I want to add one thing to the piece. With an ST3, light rail would very likely get to Issaquah on I-90, and downtown Redmond. Without ST2, we’ll never see an ST3, so if you do live on the farther Eastside, and you want light rail to your neighborhood, vote yes.

9 Replies to “Prop. 1 for the Eastside”

  1. It’s really too bad that ST2’s East Link can’t serve Eastgate P&R. The garage there is massive so it can already handle a ton of people headed to light rail, which can’t be said about South Bellevue P&R (the only P&R that East Link will stop at).

    On the other hand the 212 express from there to downtown is the closest thing we have to BRT that works, since it’s never in normal traffic (HOV ramps -> express lanes -> bus tunnel). It’s always on time.

    1. Included in ST2 will be a garage at South Bellevue P&R. The height and configuration will depend on the alignment selected for Bellevue way and whether it is subway, trench, at grade, or elevated.

      1. The Surrey Downs neighborhood shows up to all kinds of meetings trying to get light rail to run from I90 and link up the BNSF rail.

        I hope these nimby’s fail, it would mean 0 park and rides for eastlink and increase the trip time…

        I’m still pulling for a tunnel and two stops downtown.

      2. I hope they fail too. East Link already crosses the BNSF line east of downtown Bellevue near Overlake Hospital. The BNSF line at I-90 is right in between South Bellevue P&R and Eastgate P&R, so putting a station there would be a waste of money.

    2. Eric,

      The 212 is BRT-ish in the peak-direction, but the reverse commute is anything but. Although it used to run entire on I-90, it now meanders on surface streets to Factoria Mall.

      Furthermore, until recently the HOV lanes stopped on the East end of Mercer Island. Last week, they extended it to the West End, but you’re still stuck in general purpose traffic across the longer span.

      1. I know, which is why I called the 212 only close-to-BRT. It also doesn’t run at all outside of peak hours. The new HOV lanes should help a lot, but unfortunately I just looked at the WSDoT site and it says HOV lanes between MI and downtown won’t be constructed until 2023! Hopefully they can find a way to speed that up a bit.

      2. That to have happened to a lot triple-digit Metro routes. My boss mentioned his bus from Kenmore to Overlake used to go on 405 and 520, and now traverses surface streets through Kingsgate, Redmond and Woodinville on its way.

        I wonder if this was caused by congestion or just the desire to provide more local access.

  2. I was surprised to come across Jim Horn’s name on an endorsement list from 2004, where he was supporting a state-wide education initiative: a full penny sales tax increase, raising a billion dollars per year until the end of time. Phil Talmadge and the Seattle Times endorsed it, too (twice for the Times)

    Keep in mind, the state already holds on to 6.5 cents sales tax for schools. And hundreds of millions from the lottery. All these light rail opponents are screaming bloody murder about a half cent sales tax with a sunset date – they never complained for a second about countless billions raised from the gas tax (also, with no end date) as well.

  3. Totally agree with you Ericn – The only road it takes is down to pick up/drop off the T-Mobilers then hops on I-90. I had to take the 217 in this morning and it was standing only but quickly cleared out between T-Mobile and Eastgate. There was only a hand full of people left after Eastgate Park and Ride.

    If there is ever an extension of Link to Issaquah, Eastgate is in a good position for it.

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