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January 22, 2016

City Council approves comment letters to Sound Transit Board for ST3 ballot measure 

At its January 19, 2016 meeting, the City Council considered and approved two letters to be submitted to the Sound Transit Board of Directors by January 21, 2016 regarding the following  Sound Transit 3 (ST3) candidate projects. 

  • Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 (Candidate Project E-02)
  • Light Rail Transit on the ERC (including the CKC) from Kirkland/Totem Lake to Issaquah via Bellevue (Candidate Project E-03)
  • Bus Rapid Transit on the ERC (including the CKC) from Kirkland to Bellevue. (Candidate Project E-06)

The letter on behalf of the City of Kirkland City Council requests that Projects E-03 and E-06 be combined and fully funded for construction and operation of Light Rail on the CKC/ERC from Totem Lake to Bellevue to Issaquah but that the project scope “must include flexibility to fund and construct alternate high capacity transit modes such as Bus Rapid Transit on the CKC/ERC in Segment A from Totem Lake to Bellevue.” The letter further states “The optimal mode choice for this segment should determine any further analysis and input from Kirkland.”

Kirkland also strongly expresses that ST3 projects E-03 and E-06 should address community concerns of high capacity transit on the ERC such as safety, parking, environmental impacts, and fulfilment of the CKC Master Plan, including preservation of the trail.

The City further desires that an in-line station be included with Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 (E-02).

The second letter is co-authored by the City Councils of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton and Bothell which expresses a collective desire that “the ST3 System Plan address the Eastside transit network in a comprehensive fashion to serve the substantial expected growth.”

Final versions of both letters are posted to the City’s ST3 webpage.

To watch the City Council’s deliberation, go to Watch Council Meetings and select the January 19, 2016 meeting.

Also at its January 19 meeting, the City Council accepted the petition authored by saveourtrail.org (PDF) and referred the petition to the Council’s Parks and Public Works Committee.

On January 11, the City hosted a second community update on the three candidate projects that are currently included in the draft Sound Transit 3 System Plan (known as the ST3 ballot). Attendees were given an opportunity to hear from Sound Transit officials on these three candidate projects and the next steps in the development of the ST3 ballot. City officials provided an update on the City’s efforts to ensure that community concerns regarding the projects are addressed. Participants were able to talk in person with members of the City Council and Transportation Commission and with City and Sound Transit Staff.  To view the PowerPoint slideshows and comments from participants from the community event, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/ST3. 

For specific questions on the City’s efforts regarding ST3, please email ST3questions@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3800. For more information about the ST3 ballot, go to www.soundtransit3.org or email soundtransit3@soundtransit.org.

City Council unanimously approves new name for public improvements area on CKC at Google as Feriton Spur

On January 19, 2016 the City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the City’s Park Board to name the area on the CKC by the Google Campus as “Feriton Spur.” In a private-public partnership between the City, Google and SRM Development, $3 million worth of improvements have been made to the CKC including a 900-foot long by 16-foot wide paved trail, full basketball court, sand volley ball court, TRX equipment, playground, children’s zip line, public seating area, bicycle racks, picnic tables and chairs. The staff memo to the City Council is posted on the Jan. 19 City Council Agenda page (Item 11 a)

SRM, the Kirkland Heritage Society and local historians researched possible names and proposed “Feriton Spur” as it was the name of the spur that left the Eastside Rail Corridor at this location to deliver and pick up commerce.    The name Feriton first appears on the Northern Pacific timetable in 1909. On December 9, 2015, the City’s Park Board considered and unanimously approved to recommend the name “Feriton Spur” to the City Council.

Design for South Kirkland Park and Ride Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge underway

An important pedestrian and bicycle connection to the CKC is being made at the South Kirkland Park and Ride. The elevated bridge structure will improve access to a significant transit facility servicing both Kirkland and Bellevue.  Design for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible structure, which will house a 65-foot elevator and five-flight staircase, is expected to be complete this year, with construction following through the winter of 2016-2017. Funding partners for this project include the State of Washington and King County.  For project updates and to view renderings, go to the City’s CIP webpage and search “Cross Kirkland Corridor Bridge to the South Kirkland Park and Ride.

Brown Bag January 25, 12 p.m., City Hall

The next brown bag lunch will be at noon on Monday, January 25 in the Kirkland City Hall, Rose Hill Room. The group will review the next iteration of the printed trail map and provide comments on the draft wayfinding map/signs to be installed along the Corridor. The brown bag lunch is a great way to get information about upcoming projects and plans on the CKC and to provide input on issues important to you. Brown Bag lunches are open to the public. For more information contact Kari Page at kpage@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3011.

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