New Eastgate transit projects focus of open house

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A new direct access ramp to Interstate 90 from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride lot is currently in the planning stage and people are welcome and encouraged to learn about and comment on the project at an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Bellevue Community College, Room L124, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE in Bellevue.

Sound Transit, the Washington state Department of Transportation, King County Metro and Bellevue are considering concepts that would give buses, van and carpools improved access to I-90 from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride lot, including possible construction of new bridges. The project is scheduled to be finished by 2005. Also, King County is also planning to build a five-story, 1,000 stall parking garage at the Eastgate Park-and-Ride lot with construction scheduled to begin in 2003.

At the open house, people are encouraged to comment on the concepts and can talk directly with staff from Sound Transit. Staff from the city of Bellevue, King County Metro and the Washington state Department of Transportation will also be on hand to discuss other projects in the Eastgate area.

For more information on the Eastgate direct access projects, please contact Vicki Cannard, Regional Express project manager, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, 206-398-5024 or e-mail at cannardv@soundtransit.org. For more information on the Eastgate parking garage project, please contact Jim Murray, King County project manager, 206-684-1388 or e-mail at jim.murray@metrokc.gov.

Regional Express is a division of Sound Transit, which includes 18 new limited-stop regional ST Express bus routes and 49 capital projects including improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes.

Voter-approved in 1996, Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county regional transit system plan known as Sound Move. Along with ST Express, Sound Move includes Sounder commuter rail, an 82-mile system using existing rail lines serving Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood; and Link light rail, a 21-mile system connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac and a 1.6-mile system in Tacoma.

For more information on Sound Move, please visit the Sound Transit Web site at www.soundtransit.org/, or call or write for more information at Sound Transit, Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 398-5000 or 1-800-201-4900.


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