Plans for another phase of transit development have been released; Bellevue residents are encouraged to participate. Visit soundtransit3.org for details of meetings, surveys and presentations Lots of good discussion at Seattle Transit Blog
Various issues are already apparent:
- The alignment has huge visual and noise issues with the proposed elevated curved section on the eastern boundary of a residential neighborhood – Surrey Downs.
The additional trains from Issaquah could potentially double the number of trains passing by our neighborhood
- Riders from Issaquah, Bellevue College, Eastgate P&R, and Factoria with Seattle as their destination would all transfer at E Main resulting in it being more like a transfer station which is inconsistent with its non-hub setting and purpose
- The interlining from the Issaquah line into the S Bellevue – E Main line would generate massive noise impacts due to the required transfer switches
- The goal of providing linkage from the I-90 hubs east of I-405 out to Issaquah can be accomplished much more simply by the use of a Y connection at South Bellevue that travels immediately east along the I-90 corridor. This is the guidance already recommended by the US DOT in their January 27, 2016 FHWA Comments on ST3 Candidate Projects