Tonight will play host to a very important meeting, when the Bellevue city council is expected to make its pick for the B segment.  We’ve repeated again and again that the reconsideration of its preferred alternative of B3 modified made last year will possibly change to B7.  We’ve also endorsed the B3S alignment over B7/BNSF, an alternative we feel the city has no business changing its mind about, simply because a few council seats changed.

For anyone (South Bellevue residents in particular!) who is available tonight from 6-10pm, we’d urge you to attend this meeting.  Comments will be at the held at the beginning of the extended study session, so if you want to speak up, tardiness will not be in your favor.  The meeting will be held at Bellevue City Hall in the Council Conference Room.

Comments can also be submitted at council@bellevuewa.gov.  A live feed of the meeting will likely be up at BTV.

For those speaking out in favor of B3, I have a list of talking points that has been graciously forwarded to us from TCC:

  • Bellevue City council has already picked a preferred alternative – B3.  This decision was made a year ago and no new ridership or environmental data has emerged since then that requires a reconsideration of this alternative.  Tax dollars have already been spent to study this alternative and move forward with planning.  In this tough economic environment, it is wasteful for the council to continue to spend tax dollars despite a decision being reached.  Planning decisions should not be politically motivated.  They should be based on sound planning and evaluation criteria as well as public benefit.   The city’s long term interests and viability should be the top priority.
  • Light rail is being built to serve the neighborhoods of Bellevue.  It is an asset to our community and will give residents new transportation options.  Light rail should serve the most number of transit users and the B3 alignment accomplishes that purpose.
  • The South Bellevue Park and Ride is an important transit node and failing to serve this node is a disservice to the residents of Bellevue.  The expanded park and ride would accommodate 1475 spaces – a tripling of current capacity.  A park and ride at 118thwould accommodate 1000 spaces.  How are we going to handle the loss of capacity?  Will the additional drivers be forced to drive and further clog up our highways?
  • A significant proportion riders at the South Bellevue Park and Ride use the 550 bus service (Sound Transit’s best performing transit service) to downtown Seattle to commute.  How will these riders be served if light rail is relocated to the BNSF corridor?  Plans for the 550 service to be eliminated once light rail becomes operational will leave these transit riders stranded.

14 Replies to “Bellevue City Council Picking B Segment Tonight”

  1. Please check the URL on the link to CoB’s comment email — it’s coming out as “https://seattletransitblog.com/council@bellevuewa.gov” instead of “mailto:council@bellevuewa.gov”.

  2. “•A significant proportion riders at the South Bellevue Park and Ride use the 550 bus service (Sound Transit’s best performing transit service) to downtown Seattle to commute. How will these riders be served if light rail is relocated to the BNSF corridor? Plans for the 550 service to be eliminated once light rail becomes operational will leave these transit riders stranded.”

    Don’e eliminate the 550 service. Problem solved.

      1. And don’t forget, one of these services will be slower to downtown Bellevue, run less frequently on evenings and weekends, and require more transfers to get places (as a result of not continuing on to the U District, Northgate, and Overlake).

      2. He said that that particular light rail option could not perform the task of serving the South Bellevue Park and Ride. Ergo, they would not perform the same task. The 550 would perform a task that that light rail option could not perform.

    1. No that can’t be true. Sound Transit tells us that Light Rail Stations don’t promote violence. Put your hands on your computer screen and feel the power of sarcasm.

      1. The light rail station caused a drive-by shooting on the street outside Franklin High School? I guess the police should arrest the light rail station as accessory to a crime.

  3. Just a correction to your cute little comment section here. Light Rail is NOT being built to serve Bellevue. If it were then Sound Transit would actually have to care about Bellevue and the truth is that they don’t give a d*amn about Bellevue. Light Rail is being built for people who don’t live in Bellevue. This is proven by the fact that no one EVER talks about people getting out of Bellevue, they only talk about getting people to downtown Bellevue.

    How many are there in a “significant portion”

  4. Sherwin,

    If the Wilburton Park and Ride is to be expanded to 1000 spaces the difference between 1475 and 1000 is trivial: two trains per day.

    Anyway, the capacity is unlikely to be lost if B7/Wilburton is selected. That’s because it’s almost a slam-dunk that either ST will have the cosmic “aha” that the 550 is still needed or MT 226 will be resurrected beginning at the BTC and serving South Bellevue Way/108th and the South Bellevue P&R. Those 475 riders are not going to be “clogging up our roadways”.

    There are pros and cons to both B3 and B7 routings, and either can be made compatible with any of the three C segments routings under consideration. Keep your powder dry for the real war over C. In fact, B7 makes the mooted future extension to Issaquah easier than the planned U-turn at the SB P&R.

    Cindy,

    “This is proven by the fact that no one EVER talks about people getting out of Bellevue, they only talk about getting people to downtown Bellevue.”

    There you go again (to quote your favorite President). People talk about folks commuting from downtown Bellevue condos to downtown Seattle and the U district all the time on this blog. In fact, they would like to have a really efficient system with a tunnel in downtown Bellevue to serve all those high-rises around the BTC. No, they’re not all residential, but some are, and more will be if the Bellevue CBD station is in the heart of the density.

    In fact it’s YOU who would deprive the folks south of the CBD of the opportunity either to take a short bus hop or drive to the SB P&R and get on the lickety fast Link. Instead, as I mentioned above, they’ll be riding a less frequent ST550 or MT”226″ in the overcrowded HOV lane on the outer roadways of I-90.

    So who’s really concerned about the folks in South Bellevue?

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