The Cross Kirkland Corridor
traverses Kirkland, from the South Kirkland Park and Ride to the City’s northern boundary in the Totem Lake Business District. In 2012, the City of Kirkland purchased a 5.75 mile segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor and has been actively embracing the community energy around the corridor’s future development as a multi-modal transportation corridor. For more current information on our interests, see the April 2013 Overview.
Rails and ties were planned to be removed in spring of 2013. However, the Ballard Terminal Railroad Company has sought an injunction from the Surface Transportation Board
(STB) to prevent the City of Kirkland from removing the rails and ties. It is the City's initial understanding that Ballard seeks to keep Kirkland from removing the rails on the Corridor so that freight use can be re-established.
On July 10, 2013, the City requested expedited review of Ballard’s motion for an injunction against rail removal. The City’s request was that the STB rule on Ballard’s Motion by August 1, 2013. So far there has been no indication from the STB on whether it will rule within that timeframe.
Much of the entire Eastside Rail Corridor which extends from Renton, Washington
to Snohomish, Washington
, is abandoned railroad. Kirkland’s portion connects eight of the City's 13 neighborhoods
, two of its major transportation hubs, and three business districts. To get a better view of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, visit our Photo Gallery
The Eastside Rail Corridor is 42 miles of existing rail line and was first developed in 1904 as part of the Lake Washington Belt Line. The Belt Line extended from Renton
and was initially built to haul coal and lumber, but transitioned to hauling more agricultural products after the turn of the century as farming expanded into the eastside communities during the early to mid-1900s. From the late 1900s until recently, the rail line was used primarily by light indu
strial companies. Rail spurs previously extended to several adjacent businesses along the length of the Cross Kirkland Corridor
; most of these spurs have been removed, although some remnants remain.
The segment purchased by the City starts in the south in the Yarrow Bay Business District
and the proposed Transit Oriented Development at South Kirkland Park and Ride
. It ends in the Totem Lake Business District which is the focus of many revitalization efforts
The City will keep the possibilities open for the Cross Kirkland Corridor and hope that you keep informed. To receive updates via email, subscribe here