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Read the Eastside 2019 Regional Report


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Key excerpts from the report

Transit helps keep the region moving as our population grows

By 2040, King County is projected to be home to almost 400,000 more people than in 2015. That’s like doubling the combined populations of Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton and Mercer Island. People are discovering the Eastside quality of life at a record pace. But when all these people are on the roads at the same time, gridlock happens.

Light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) are the best options for moving thousands more people every hour on the Eastside without adding to freeway traffic.

Transit provides reliability

Traveling in their own rights of way, light rail trains get you to your destination at the same time every day regardless of traffic.

Commute times from Bellevue to Seattle on I-90.

Eastside drive times chart

*Reliable travel time gets commuters to their destinations on time 19 out of 20 weekdays. Source: WSDOT 2017 Corridor Capacity report.


Transit construction and operation is paid for by a combination of local taxes, federal grants, borrowing through the issuance of bonds, fares and other sources. Sound Transit recently received its 24th annual Financial Statement and federal funding Single Audit conducted by the independent outside auditing firm KPMG. No material weaknesses have been found since these audits began in 1995. Sound Transit has one of the highest bond ratings of any transit agency in the country, allowing us to obtain loans at lower interest rates, which helps save taxpayer dollars. Sound Transit’s Board of Directors is made up of 17 local elected officials and the state Secretary of Transportation.

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Tax rollback

After voter-approved capital projects are completed, Sound Transit will reduce taxes to a level necessary to operate and maintain the system and pay associated debt service on outstanding bond.


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