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Open House on Sound Transit route through South Bellevue is Tuesday

Citizens will have a chance to catch up on the City Council's recent Eastlink light-rail discussions at an open house on Bellevue's preferred route through south Bellevue.

The open house will be Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall.

The Bellevue City Council in October chose to pursue an independent study on the B7 route that takes light-rail through the vacated BNSF rail corridor. Sound Transit's preferred B2M route through South Bellevue would go along 112th Avenue and Bellevue Way. Sound Transit prefers the route because it projects at a lower cost and higher ridership in the organization's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. That route is opposed by the majority of Bellevue council and some surrounding neighbors because of their concerns over noise and traffic.

The study, which the council OK'd spending of $670,000 for the first of the three phases, would give those in favor of the B7 route the "apples-to-apples" comparison they feel Sound Transit has not provided. The results of the study will determine whether a revised route with tracks located on a slightly different area of the rail corridor to avoid as much regrading of land and a new park and ride structure in the Enatai area, would make B7 a more competitive route in terms of cost and ridership. In its comments to Sound Transit's SDEIS, Bellevue asked the organization to hold off on its final decision until the results of the study become clearer.

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