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Compare the Alignments

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The below table is a consolidation of data presented in the ARUP draft study of the city-sponsored B7R alternative (available on the City of Bellevue web site here) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for East Link (available here) information on the Sound Transit-preferred B2M Alternative, as well as City of Bellevue staff.

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Features/ImpactsB2M/C9T - SDEIS Preferred AlternativeB7R/C9TNotes
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Wetlands/wetland buffer affected (acres) 0.1/4.5 2.1/1.0 Wetland buffer areas along B2M are currently populated with exotic/invasive species 
2030 Daily Ridership (project-wide) 50,000 50,500  
2030 Daily Boardings (within Bellevue) 15,000 15,000 Boardings within Bellevue are identical 
Bus transit delays None Delays introduced and operating costs increased, even with traffic mitigation Delays would incur up to $1 million in annual operating costs for Sound Transit buses alone. 
Projected B-segment / C-segment / Total Cost $480/$276/$756 million $515/$379/$894 million B7R costs $35 million more in the B segment, $103 million more in the C segment, $138 million more in total 
2030 Daily Boardings ("B" segment only) 5,500 4,500 B7R has lower ridership in the B segment 
Salmon impacts No salmon-spawning waterway crossings Mercer Slough crossing and Sturtevant Creek crossing (at grade)  
Hotel / Convention Center impacts None Two hotels condemned   
Full/partial non-residential property acquisitions 31 35  
Residential displacements (number of housing units) 48 12 41 of the 48 in B2M are voluntary - homeowners petitioned to be acquired 
Mercer Slough crossing None Impacts not fully understood ARUP study recommends further analysis 
Business displacements (number of employees) 38 215  
Noise-impacted receptors - unmitigated (mitigated) 85 (0) 237 (0) Over three times as many homes impacted by noise with B7R 
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