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For Friends of the CKC and ERC
This is great way to show support for Save Our Trail while participating in the rail removal commemoration. Attend commemoration wearing green with Save Our Trail sign, buttons or whatever you have on Friday, January 8 from 12:30 to approx. 2PM with bike ride on CKC to follow hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club. Bike ride will end at Chainline Brewery. Details are highlighted below.
Ways to help build awareness of our concerns at this event:
In 2016, King County will begin the process of removing the old rails from the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) to make way for future trail and transit uses. Join leaders from King County, Bellevue, Kirkland, the business community, The Trust for Public Land, and Cascade Bicycle Club on Friday, Jan. 8 as we get an early start and pull up a few railroad spikes ourselves.
Help us take out our first railroad spike!
These happenings also help kick off the ERC Summit on Saturday, January 9 at Meydenbauer Center.
KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland is hosting a second community update on high capacity transit candidate projects that are being considered by Sound Transit as part of the ST3 ballot measure. The City’s public event will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Avenue NE, Room W404. Sound Transit officials will present basic information regarding three candidate projects that propose high capacity transit to serve Kirkland:
The City is analyzing how high capacity transit could be designed to address concerns expressed by the Kirkland community such as access to the CKC, safety, noise, protecting sensitive areas and ensuring safety on the CKC. The City also analyzed how BRT on I-405 could be designed to address basic access issues. General findings will be presented during the two informational presentations. Sound Transit’s analysis of all of the candidate ST3 projects can be found at www.soundtransit3.org and select “Shaping ST3.”
On December 4, 2015, Sound Transit released its analysis and project templates for each ST3 Candidate Project and is seeking technical input from the City of Kirkland regarding the three candidate projects located in Kirkland by January 21, 2016. The Kirkland City Council will be discussing its response letter to Sound Transit at its January 5 and January 19 Regular Meetings.
For background on the City’s outreach efforts, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/ST3. For specific questions, please email ST3questions@kirklandwa.gov or contact the Public Works Department at 425-587-3800.
Through March 2016, Sound Transit will continue to develop its Draft System Plan and will initiate a public involvement process in April 2016. The Sound Transit Board of Directors will approve the Final System Plan in June 2016 that will be presented to regional voters in the November 2016 General Election.(12.29.15)
New Location for the community meeting on November 19 when the City will present information on light rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) options for the CKC for community input and feedback. The meeting will be held at the Kirkland Performance Center on November 19. There will be an open house starting at 6:30 followed by a presentation and Q&A.
The Kirkland City Council received an update November 4 on the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Candidate Projects that could potentially provide Sound Transit service within the city of Kirkland. The Sound Transit Board of Directors has adopted a Candidate Project List (CPL) of projects in August that might be included in the 2016 ST3 Ballot measure. Check out video of the meeting here. The ST3 presentation begins around the 1:27 mark.
To implement transit on the CKC, Kirkland staff, along with Mayor Walen, Councilmember Arnold and Councilmember Asher, have worked closely over the past 11 months with Sound Transit staff and Sound Transit Board members to include options for transit on the CKC connecting the Totem Lake Urban Center to Eastlink light rail in Bellevue.
Keeping Kirkland Moving
Open House & Community Update
Nov. 19, 2015 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
6:30-7:30 Open House
7:30 - 9:00 Presentation/Q&A
At tomorrow's meeting of King County's Committee of the whole, they will authorize the removal of the rail on all the portions of the corridor owned by King County, around 15 miles. According to meeting materials:
When King County purchased ownership interests in 15.6 miles of the 42 mile ERC in
2013, the King County Council required Council approval for removal of any rail tracks
along the County-owned portion of the corridor (Ordinance 17503). The Executive is
proposing to remove rail tracks from the corridor in two phases beginning in early 2016
and concluding in the first quarter of 2018. This proposed motion would approve the
Executive’s ERC rail removal plan and authorize execution of the plan in its entirety.
The Executive’s reasons for proposing to remove the rails on the ERC are:
Policy considerations for the Council include determining to what extent removing the
current rail infrastructure enhances and/or forecloses potential multiuse opportunities,
and how to preserve the historic legacy of rail use in the corridor. The Executive is proposing to fund the estimated $1,550,000 rail removal design and construction costs through the Regional Trails Reserve Fund. This supplemental appropriation proposal is contained in Proposed Ordinance 2015-0438, which is currently before the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.
As a side note, Sound Transit states that the agency has no plans to use the existing rail infrastructure for transit uses, and has plans to build new transit infrastructure within portions of the corridor.
For the full meeting report click here.
For the legislative report click here.
ERC Advisory Council