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Downtown Tunnel Position

Move Bellevue Forward supports Sound Transit’s East Link project.  East Link, approved by 58 percent of Bellevue residents, supports long held City policies to expand transportation options to meet future growth and development.  

Move Bellevue Forward supports the C9T Tunnel alternative in downtown Bellevue. We urge the council and city staff to move forward with tunnel funding negotiations in a transparent and timely manner. Move Bellevue Forward is concerned that the consequence of failing to negotiate an agreement in a timely manner will result in an at grade system for downtown. The City must have an MOU negotiated with Sound Transit by early summer in order for the tunnel to have a chance to be chosen as the final preferred alternative.
  • The C9T tunnel will offer the best light rail connection and service to downtown Bellevue.
  • Provides fast, safe and reliable trips for a high number of riders downtown and system wide.
  • Findings show that station access and proximity to greater densities of jobs and housing (existing and planned) in the downtown core translate to stronger ridership.
  • Provides excellent light rail access, while avoiding adverse impacts to vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.
  • Most compatible with downtown’s land use profile as a major regional growth center. C9Tis the best alternative for managing congestion on downtown Bellevue’s busy street grid; the tunnel preserves greater flexibility in the constrained, congested street grid to serve other travel modes.
  • Retains vital operation of the Bellevue Transit Center during light rail construction.

  • Move Bellevue Forward encourages the City of Bellevue to work collaboratively to develop the tunnel full-funding agreement with Sound Transit to ensure the tunnel is built.  We are pleased that Bellevue’s 2011/12 East Link Work Program supports full engagement by staff in developing this agreement.  The City must:
  • Work immediately, diligently and transparently to identify the funding mechanisms required to finance a tunnel;
  • Prepare a schedule that outlines a process by which stakeholders will be kept up to date on the progress of the negotiations and have an opportunity to provide input;
  • Refrain from any actions and/or policy decisions that put the tunnel at risk or delay the project including but not limited to future litigation.