> B3 is the true regional choice and I’ll use it
B3 is the true regional choice and I’ll use it
I’ve crafted individual letters to several Bellevue City Council members but for the rest, I just sent this to email@example.com:
As a frequent user of the 550 as well as a driver of the 550, I am surprised that some members of the council say that Light Rail is a regional system but at the same time say that South Bellevue Park and Ride should be bypassed. South Bellevue is not just a park and ride. There is a significant and growing number of passengers who transfer to the 550 from other routes, such as the 222, 240, and 560. These individuals are coming from Factoria and areas to the south of I-90 where there is either poor or non-existent direct bus service to Seattle. Eliminating the South Bellevue Station would make it more difficult and expensive to serve these current transit users. South Bellevue is also a walkable distance to far more homes than Wilburton and is located at the crossroads of several bicycle paths which makes it far more accessible to non-car driving passengers.
For those of us who use the 550, the B7 line represents a backwards step that will significantly cut existing service levels, if not eliminate service entirely. It also will increase traffic on 112th Ave SE, SE 8th St, and 118th Ave SE as people drive further into Bellevue to access Link. I urge the council to reaffirm support for the B3 alignment with a stop at South Bellevue. Moving forward with the B3 alignment will allow Sound Transit to stop wasting money studying routes that are less cost effective and serve fewer passengers. B3 is the true regional choice and I’ll use it.