Groundbreaking for Bellevue Transit Center

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Federal, state and local officials will join Sound Transit and its partners King County Metro, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the City of Bellevue to break ground for the new Bellevue Transit Center at 4 p.m. on Friday October 26, 2001.

The $21.7 million (in Year of Expenditure dollars) project will bring major improvements to the transit center, including:

    • New large weather-protecting canopies over an extended transit passenger island;
    • Increased space for more buses (10 bays will serve up to 100 buses per hour during peak hours);
    • Increased seating;
    • Improved signage;
    • New customer service area;
    • Added bus stops and shelters along adjacent streets;
    • Dramatic public art.

Speakers at the ceremony:

    • U.S. Senator Patty Murray*
    • U.S. Representative Jennifer Dunn*
    • Helen Knoll, FTA Region X Administrator
    • Dave Earling, Board Chair, Sound Transit
    • King County Executive Ron Sims
    • Mayor Chuck Mosher, City of Bellevue
    • State Senator Jim Horn
    • State Senator Dan McDonald
    • State Representative Fred Jarrett.
    • King County Council Councilman, Rob McKenna

(*pending congressional vote schedules)

This project is the single largest transit improvement on the Eastside to date. Along with the upcoming Access Downtown (Bellevue) project and planned improvements to Interstates 405 and 90, Sound Transit is meeting its commitment to build an integrated regional transit system.

Sound Transit was created by voters in 1996 to provide Sounder commuter rail, ST Express regional bus, and Link light rail services in the central Puget Sound area.

WHAT: Bellevue Transit Center Groundbreaking

WHERE: NE 6th Street and 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue

WHEN: 4:00 p.m. Friday October 26, 2001

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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.