For those of you who will be available this evening, this is a friendly reminder that Sound Transit is having their second Downtown Bellevue open house tonight from 4pm to 7pm (the presentation will begin at 5pm). The open house is expected to be considerably similar to the one held last November, when the original DEIS alternatives were being discussed. Today’s meeting will take public input on the four newer alternatives recently studied in a joint analysis (PDF) by ST and Bellevue, two of which look hot, the other two not so much. It will be held on the first-floor concourse of the Bellevue City Hall on the corner of NE 4th St and 112th Ave NE.
Expect the main battlefront to be situated around those for Wallace’s C14E alignment, and those against. There will also likely still be straggling B7 supporters, who are now finally facing mounting opposition from neighborhood residents in Mercer Slough and Enatai. We’ve editorialized multiple times against numerous disadvantages that the freeway alternative has across a number of levels. Below are links to our “recent” East Link coverage:
- Last year’s recap of the South Bellevue open house, and the downtown recap.
- Kevin Wallace introduces his ‘Vision Line’ proposal and his response to your initial concerns.
- Our four editorials against C14E, regarding siting, placement, TOD, and accessibility.
- Bellevue City Council considers a study of B7 modified, a line that would cut across Mercer Slough.
- The results of the joint analysis that studied C9A, C9T, C11A, and C14E. And our open letter following the analysis.
- Bellevue Mayor Don Davidson’s questionable comments on East Link and tunnel equity between Seattle and Bellevue.
- Conrad Lee’s comments about the Vision Line, East Link, and PRT.