We’ve just gotten ahold of an earlier draft of the downtown Bellevue analysis, and there’s an interesting numerical revision.
The earlier 2030 boarding projections for the downtown segment were: 5,500 for the C14E (I-405 alignment), and 8,500 for C11A (surface, two stations). The final numbers in Monday’s document were 6,000 and 8,000, respectively. This means that somewhere in the process, we went from a ridership difference of 3,000 between the two options – meaning C11A would have picked up more than 50% more riders – to only a difference of 2,000. The final draft is presumably the best judgment of both City and ST, but I hope this is discussed at the workshop. We’re following up with both agencies to get an explanation.