Senator Patty Murray Dedicates New Bellevue Transit Center
Calling it a "signature accomplishment," and "a perfect example of Sound Transit's effort to connect people to jobs and communities," U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today dedicated the newly reopened Bellevue Transit Center.
"The Bellevue Transit Center is a major accomplishment, reflecting great work being done region-wide by Sound Transit to connect people, jobs, and communities," said Senator Murray.
The transit center officially reopened September 28th after a year's worth of construction expanded the facility from six bus bays to ten. Other improvements include expanded shelters to protect riders from wind and rain and upgraded rider information services. Additional bus stops also were added on 106th Avenue NE and 108th Avenue NE. As a result, more than 100 buses per hour will be able to move through the transit center during peak travel times. More than 7,000 people either board or depart from buses at the transit center each day.
A final improvement phase will include a rider services building with bike facilities, public restrooms and a Bellevue Police Outpost.
"The Bellevue Transit Center is one of the region's busiest hubs," said Sound Transit Board Chair Ron Sims. "And, when we complete the HOV access ramp from I-405, this facility will truly be one of Sound Transit's centerpieces in its regional network."
"Since the original Bellevue Transit Center opened in the mid-1980's, downtown Bellevue has evolved from a transfer point to a major destination," said Bellevue Mayor Connie Marshall. "The new transit center, along with the Bellevue Direct Access Project along I-405, will provide major benefits for the city and the entire region."
The Bellevue Transit Center renovation is a partnership between Sound Transit, King County Metro, The U.S. Department of Transportation and the City of Bellevue.
Fast Facts on Bellevue Transit Center:
- Transit island expanded from six to 10 bus bays.
- Additional bus stops provided on 108th Avenue NE and 106th Avenue NE.
- More than 100 buses per hour will be able to efficiently move through the center.
- Twenty routes serve the transit center with more than 1,100 weekday bus trips operated by Sound Transit and King County Metro.
- More than 7,000 people board or depart from buses at the center each day.
- Total budget for the Project: $21.7M. Total for the first two phases: $16.8M.
- Final phase will include a rider services building with a Bellevue Police outpost, a bike station, public restrooms and rider information.
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