The route comes from I-90, turns onto Bellevue Way, then turns onto 112th Avenue SE, then takes a left (going west) on Main Street, then takes a right onto 108th Avenue, goes through the Downtown, and out to Bel-Red Road to Microsoft.
The public can comment sometime after 6PM; the time has not yet been released.
From the COB release:
"The Bellevue City Council decided to hold the June 26 hearing specifically to seek public feedback on whether an HCT system from Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond should utilize light rail, or buses that can be converted to run on rail. HCT is a transit system that operates in a separate, public-right-of-way from the rest of traffic. The Council also has requested public comment on neighborhood impacts, route options and aerial versus tunnel alignments."
Citizens should be prepared to comment on:
1. Right of Way Acquisitions (condemnations): up to $230 Million for condemnations for just between I-90 and Downtown Bellevue!
2. Environmental Impacts: Mercer Slough encroachment, noise and pollution
3. Parks Impacts: Mercer Slough encroachment, Surrey Downs Park, and Loss of Potential for Main Street Park.
4. Historical Impacts: Likely loss of the Winters House on its original site, and the Sacred Heart church on Main Street (both are acknowledged on the City of Bellevue's register of significant architectural and historical sites).
5. Station Locations likely on 112th Avenue SE: station locations bring the possibility of rezoning adjacent properties (possibly in established neighborhoods!)to densify, provide more ridership, and add small businesses to support the function of the station.
They also provide more crime, as is evidenced in Renton.
6. Noise: more noise disturbs everyone, the endangered species present (blue heron rookery) and humans.
7. Visual Blight:
Do you want a choice between 25-30 foot high massive cement pillars going down Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue, or
An at-grade or tunneled corridor encroaching on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue that would disturb wetlands and endangered species in Mercer Slough? 112th Avenue is basically a bog.
Please attend and support placing Regional Transit (HCT) on Regional Roads (405).