TONIGHT: Help shape the future of the Eastside Rail Corridor

The Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council is hosting an Open House TONIGHT to inform the public about how the region is working together to maximize the benefits of the rail corridor located between Renton and Woodinville.

The ERC Regional Advisory Council will share its draft of recommendations, and with their final recommendations due in September,  this may be the last opportunity for community input. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and comment cards will allow residents to share thoughts on what they would like to see for the corridor.

The Eastside Rail Corridor  is part of a 42-mile rail line that was owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company. The ERC extends from Renton north to Snohomish, passing through Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville and portions of unincorporated King County.

After a multi-year process, the Port of Seattle Commission voted to approve the sale of portions of the Corridor to King County, ending and placing the corridor in public ownership to benefit many generations to come. King County is considering the corridor for development as a dual-us corridor—with the potential to meet future public transportation needs while still providing connections to South, East and North King County through a series of biking, walking and hiking trails.

This corridor looks to be the biggest and best opportunity for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on the Eastside. Please attend the Open House and share your ideas for the corridor.

 The event will take place tonight, Wednesday, July 31,  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.