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June 2015 Update
June 17, 2015
IMPORTANT: City comments on Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Priority Project list; Kirkland residents encouraged to do the same
Currently the Sound Transit Board is seeking input on developing a draft Priority Project List (PPL) to be considered for the next round of system expansion (ST3). This public process begins to narrow the scope of corridors and modes that will be studied this fall. The corridors include:
- SR 520: Regional express bus and/or High Capacity Transit (HCT) from the Seattle side of SR 520 to Redmond
- 1-405: Regional express bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and/or light rail (LRT)
- Eastside Rail Corridor: HCT from SR 522 to SR 520 serving the Totem Lake Urban Center and South Kirkland Park and Ride
- SR 522: Regional express bus and/or HCT from 1-5/NE 145th Street to 1-405
The fall study results will support further narrowing by the Board to shape a draft ST3 measure for public input in early 2016. The System Plan could then be taken to the voters as an ST3 package in November 2016. A staff draft of the PPL was presented to the Sound Transit Executive Committee on May 7th and included completion of Light Rail Transit to downtown Redmond, 1-405 Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail Transit from Totem Lake to Issaquah via the ERC and 1-90.
Over the next months the City of Kirkland will engage with Sound Transit, as well as other Eastside cities, to suggest potential additions or changes to the PPL. This month, the City of Kirkland staff and Council submitted a letter to Sound Transit with the following comments on the current PPL.
- Identify the Financial Capacity of the Eastside.
- Advance ST2 Investments.
- Connect Downtown Kirkland, Google, and the 6th Street corridor to regional transit service on I-405.
- Consider BRT as well as LRT along the Eastside Rail Corridor between Totem Lake, Bellevue and Issaquah.
- Provide additional detail for some projects on the priority project list.
- Invest in an integrated transit network.
For more information on Kirkland’s interests and actions, please contact David Godfrey, Kirkland Public Works, at 425-587-3865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for You to Provide Input on Which Projects to Study:
- Take the Survey by July 8
- Sound Transit Open House: Tuesday, June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Redmond Marriot, 7401 164th Ave. N.E. (others are being held)
Visit the ST3 website:
ALSO IMPORTANT: King County Parks & Recreation Division hosts community meetings on the Eastside Rail Corridor Master Plan
All King County residents, potential trail users, and other interested individuals are encouraged to participate in the community meetings to help the County plan for its newest addition to the regional trail network in the Eastside Rail Corridor: Thursday, June 18, Woodinville; Tuesday, June 23, Renton and Thursday, June 25, Bellevue. Your comments are wanted on the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail Master Plan and EIS Scoping. The public comment period for the project ends July 17, 2015. All comments received or postmarked by July 17, 2015 will be addressed in the scoping of the Draft Regional Trail Master Plan and EIS. Comments may be submitted online, by email to: email@example.com, or by mail (PDF) to ERC Trail Master Plan Project; King County Parks; 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 700; Seattle, WA 98104.
Learn about the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Trail Master Plan project and the history of the Eastside Rail Corridor.
Volunteer opportunities on the CKC
Volunteers make such a difference on the CKC! Some volunteer opportunities perfect for you, your family, neighborhood, or business:
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 20, 9 am to mid-afternoon, to help build stairs and improve the connection between 116th Avenue NE and the CKC at the north end of the Highlands Neighborhood. Meet up at 116th Ave NE/NE 107th Place W. Bring hand tools, dress for weather, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Totem Lake has recently donated 11 mutt mitt dispensers for the trail. Installation is expected to be complete this week. There are still locations for more dispensers, if you would like to donate a mutt mitt dispenser, contact Kari Page at KPage@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3011.
A very special thank you to one volunteer who cleared the trail from the CKC to NE 38th Place, the Rotary Club volunteers who built the steps at NE 64th Street and the Adopt-A-Trail volunteers who are spiffing up the CKC.
Brown Bag lunch to provide input
The next brown bag lunch will be a working meeting. Interested residents will meet at noon on Monday, June 29 in the City Council Chambers. The group will review policy questions and discuss implementation of a wayfinding plan for the CKC and look at a draft CKC user map to help the public plant their trips and outings on the CKC. 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 email@example.com or call 425-587-3011.
Summer events and the CKC
It doesn’t surprise us that the CKC is fast becoming a popular place for fun runs and walks. Please know that it is the City’s policy to always keep part of the CKC open during these events and we ask event organizers to remind their participants of it. Dates to keep in mind where there is an event planned on the CKC: Sunday, July 12 (private run) and Sunday, August 9 (Seattle Sounders FC 9K & 5K “Rave Green Run.” For summer community event information go to Explore Kirkland and subscribe to receive monthly event guide via email.
The City invites you to a special commemoration event – the 80th anniversary of the maiden launch of the Kalakala vessel from the Lake Washington Shipyards in Kirkland. Come to the pavilion at Marina Park, 7 to 9 p.m. for a nostalgic evening honoring the iconic Art Deco ferry boat. What does the Kalakala have to do with the CKC? The city recently purchased historic pieces of the Kalakala and is interested in your ideas on where they should be placed.
Rail removal on NE 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard slightly delayed
Removing the rails and repaving the roadway at the intersection of NE 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard continues to be a high priority. Unfortunately for this project, the economic environment resulted in bids that exceeded the budget. Our engineers are working to find a method of construction to lower the price and have it done quickly with minimal impacts to traffic. We are still hoping to complete the work this summer.
Reminder: CKC pedestrians and bicyclists are directed to use the signalized crossings at this location.
ERC RAC meeting schedule
The Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council (RAC) was created to coordinate the vision for the future use of the Eastside Rail (ERC). RAC partners include the City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, Sound Transit, Puget Sound Energy and King County. Two meetings have been scheduled for this summer and fall. All meetings are open to the public.
- Wednesday, July 22, 2 – 4:30 pm, Master Builders’ Association of King and Snohomish County, 116th Avenue, Bellevue
- Wednesday, October 28, 2 – 4:30 pm, King Street Center, 201 S Jackson Street, Seattle
The official names of the Police UTVs are epic!
Congratulations to David Thoreau Elementary School receiving the most online votes on the name of the Police UTVs: E.P.I.C. (Environmental Police Investigation Car). The vehicles will be named EPIC #1 and EPIC #2 because of the overwhelming support for this name. School representatives and a student attended the June 2 City Council meeting to receive the certificate of congratulations. (Video Link, Select Item 7b) Our thanks to all of the other Lake Washington School District elementary schools that participated. Look for the UTVs on the CKC soon.
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