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Community Update ST3 - Jan. 19 2016

City Council considers comment letter to Sound Transit Board for ST3 ballot measure at January 19 meeting

Tonight, the City Council will be considering two draft letters regarding Sound Transit 3 (ST3) candidate projects.  The projects include:

  • Bus Rapid Transit on I-405
  • Light Rail Transit on the Eastside Rail Corridor (including the Cross Kirkland Corridor) from Kirkland/Totem Lake to Issaquah via Bellevue
  • Bus Rapid Transit on the Eastside Rail Corridor (including the Cross Kirkland Corridor) from Kirkland to Bellevue.

The letters are due to the Sound Transit Board of Directors on January 21, 2016. The draft letters are posted on the City’s website (City Council Agendas). The first letter is from Mayor Walen, representing the City of Kirkland (Attachment C) and the second letter is co-authored by a group of eastside cities, including, potentially, the City of Kirkland (Attachment D).

The City Council will be considering the letters during the Study Session, which begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall. Public comment will be reserved during the Regular Meeting which begins at 7:30 p.m. Kirkland residents can watch the meeting live or re-broadcast on KGOV at Comcast Channel 21 and Frontier Channel 31. Anyone can stream the meeting live or on-demand from the City’s webpage, (Search: Watch Council Meetings).

On January 11, the City hosted a second community update on candidate projects that are currently included in the draft ST3 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 from the community event, go to 

For specific questions on the City’s efforts regarding ST3, please email or call 425-587-3800. For more information about the ST3 ballot, go to or email