East Link

If you haven’t already done so, you have until January 10th to submit your comments for the East Link SDEIS.  While the Sound Transit Board isn’t bound to making its decision solely based on public input,  negative comments can often tip the scale in favor of less transit-friendly options.  Unfortunately, people with a bone to pick are always more vocal, which tends to skew what the majority of a city actually believes in.

From what I know, there’s a big race between B2 and B7 supporters to get SDEIS comments in, so quantity will play a factor.  Again, comments aren’t everything, but constructive input always helps, especially when it’s not all about how we need to insulate ourselves from light rail.  If you need reminding, the B2M and C9T/C11A alignments are the routes we believe are superior.  Conversely, the B7 alignment deserves to be canned for good, being the out-of-sight out-of-mind solution for people who couldn’t care less about the success of transit.

It’s also worth nothing again that the City of Bellevue has commissioned a $670K study to “perfect” B7, which they hope Sound Transit will consider for its final preferred alternative.  With the study being as late as it is, this is impossible if the new B7 isn’t in the Final EIS, and that in itself is impossible without delaying the timeline.  Delays add cost, and additional cost is the last thing Sound Transit needs to worry about right now.

Submit your comments to eastlink.sdeis@soundtransit.org, or mail a letter to:

Sound Transit, Union Station
Attention: East Link SDEIS Comments
401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104

8 Replies to “One Week Left to Submit East Link Comments”

  1. I think Kevin Wallace’s viewpoint in the Editorial/Opinion section of The Seattle Times on “Why Bellevue must push back on Sound Transit’s proposed EastLink route” is right on point, and “it’s not all about how we need to insulate ourselves from light rail.” It’s about making practical and logistical sense in urban planning.

    I live in the Bellevue Residential Park on Bellefield Park Lane. That’s right! The Bellefield condominium development right off of 112th, south of SE 8th. Adjacent to the Surrey Downs neighborhood. I really like where I live, and I don’t believe that light rail going down 112th is the optimal and/or best alternative alignment. It should be in a true transit corridor adjacent to I-405.

    End of story!

    1. Sorry, Autonomous, but you do not get to decide when the story ends. Link is a regional transit system and must serve the region.

      A 405 alignment has been shown to be ineffective, inefficient, expensive, detrimental to its environment, and just all around bad policy. The “end of story” on that alignment happened ages ago. It’s not a good choice, and it is far from a “true transit corridor.”

    2. I think that’s Anonymous, Autonomous. Because if you truly were autonomous you would know that B2M and C9T were the most effective alignments.

  2. Does an actual paper letter carry any more weight than an email? Maybe I’ll do both just to be on the safe side

    1. Maybe. You might get more space in the EIS appendix. Letters are usually scanned in an even if your letter is a full page long you will get a full page in the EIS.

  3. I’ve never written one of these before, how is this?

    Dear ST,
    I am writing in support of B2M and C9T. Although my job in the Army has taken me away from the region temporarily, I am a past resident of Bellevue (123rd Ave SE) and a future resident of Seattle (even though I am back in N. Carolina today, I spent last week looking at real estate along Link, my wife and I are preparing to put in an offer on a place near Othello station). I am writing to remind you that Link is a REGIONAL transit spine. Not only that but this is something that should last decades if not years. Please do not allow a very vocal MINORITY derail a project with regional and long lasting importance. Listen to the experts, and do what is right for all of us, this generation and those to come. Go with B2M and C9T.
    Sincerely,
    Matthew Johnson

    1. Yup! I usually do a very direct, bulleted list. I try to make my most salient points pop out so people working on the EIS can quickly summarize what I said and group it into categories.

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