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Thanks to intrepid reader and commenter Bernie, we have an account of Monday’s City of Bellevue “study session” on East Link alignments. The agenda is online and includes an information packet. Below, a synopsis of his notes. Consider this a preview of tonight’s East Link Workshop.
Sound Transit’s preferred alignment runs along the surface on both 108th and 110th Avenues to bracket the Transit Center, and is projected to cost $700m (in 2007 dollars, as all the figures below). Longstanding tunnel option C3T costs $1.175 billion. Sound Transit on Monday presented the first cost estimates for the relatively new C9T option, which travels under 110th Ave NE and comes in at $980m – $1.01 billion. As Sound Transit has committed to fund the surface alternative, this reduces the funding gap for a tunnel to about $300m from an earlier rough estimate of $500m.
ST is considering lowering the South Bellevue station below street level or moving it away from the street to maintain car and bus access to the lot.
The Sound Transit board will re-evaluate Segment C (Downtown Bellevue) in the first quarter of 2010.