LETTER | What will be the future of the Eastside Rail Corridor?

Letter-Stamp Dear Editor:

The 42 mile rail corridor, of which Kirkland owns about 5 miles, will be planned on a regional basis, and hopefully with Sound Transit dollars. County Councilwoman Hague had words in her recent emailing about their portion of the corridor… It doesn’t sound like quite the wide open planning as first thought when Kirkland agreed to buy their part. It does sound like the county expects the municipalities to come to consensus on use and design, and it will be interesting to see who Kirkland seats at that table.

Margaret Wiggins

 

News from King County Councilmember Jane Hague:

Developing the Eastside Rail Corridor

The King County Council recently purchased a portion of the “Eastside Rail Corridor” and created the Eastside Rail Corridor Advisory Council. This effort provides a link to recreational opportunities and expands our County trail network. It also reserves a transportation corridor for more opportunities to connect people with jobs and services.

The package introduced by the County Executive authorizes the purchase of more than 15 miles along the Eastside Rail Corridor. The vote was the final step in the effort to maintain the 42-mile corridor and prevent it from being broken up and sold for private development. This ensures a future where we can develop the corridor for the dual uses of recreational trails and future commuter rail.

I look forward to the day when transit commuters can travel the corridor alongside bicyclists and pedestrians, and I will continue working steadfastly to make that “dual use” vision a reality. The options for the future of this corridor are many and exciting. The acquisition secures public ownership and use of a unique corridor for the mobility and recreation needs of our communities today as well as for generations in the future. This rail-and-trail corridor is poised to become an important transportation link for Eastside cities that can accommodate multiple uses such as walking and biking, in addition to high-capacity transit.