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Bellevue Reporter: Council Holds Off on Rail Decision

By Erica C. Barnett October 25, 2011

At last night's Bellevue City Council meeting, council members moved a step closer to approving an agreement to build a tunnel through downtown Bellevue, but voted to hold off three more weeks before making a final decision on an agreement with Sound Transit to build a tunnel through downtown Bellevue, the Bellevue Reporter reports. The proposal endorsed by the council includes an elevated crossing of 112th Ave. SE, where light rail skeptics on the council have argued an at-grade crossing would produce intolerable noise.

The agreement between Sound Transit and the city would require Bellevue to pay for as much as $160 million of the $300 million tunnel.

Council members also voted 6-1 in favor of a motion by Kevin Wallace, the council's most vocal opponent of Sound Transit's preferred route, to do a "total take" of about 50 homes along the alignment instead of taking a sliver of some properties for rail right-of-way, KING 5 reports.
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