Save Our Trail is very pleased with the outcome at Thursday’s Sound Transit Board meeting - a ST3 draft plan that did not include bus or rail transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail.
As requested by Save Our Trail, the ST3 draft plan did include:
1. The intensive capital version of Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 (E-02)
2. The NE 85th Street Station
3. Bus Access Transit lanes on NE 85th extending to Downtown Kirkland
4. Early deliverable projects, including parking at Kingsgate
5. An environmental study on the feasibility of transit from Bothell to Bellevue via Kirkland, which would include the Trail. We believe this study is a result of the environmental issues Save Our Trail raised in its February 16th letter to Sound Transit.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” said David Greschler, leader of Save Our Trail. “We are extremely happy that Sound Transit chose to keep transit off our Trail, invest in a robust bus rapid transit project for 405, and investigate the environmental issues we highlighted about the Trail.”
Save Our Trail is committed to continue to work with Sound Transit and the Kirkland City Council to permanently preserve the CKC as a recreational and non-motorized trail. While we strongly believe the environmental study findings will be in favor of saving the Trail as is, we are prepared to do what is necessary to keep transit off the Trail now and in the future.
More specifics will be available on Tuesday, March 29th when Sound Transit publishes details about each project. At that time, Sound Transit will begin a 30-day period asking for public comments via the internet and public meetings. Save Our Trail intends to play an active role during this period to ensure that the voices of our supporters, who have worked hard to preserve our Trail, are heard. www.saveourtrail.com