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The Seattle Times' Eastside section covers the news of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Newcastle and other suburban cities in King County. Coverage areas include government, crime, community events and neighborhoods.


Traffic alert: Bellevue road closures start Monday for light-rail work

Sound Transit 3Light rail in Issaquah. Although on the surface it sounds outlandish, the idea has become a possibility.Yet there’s a laundry list of things we dislike about the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 package.The cost, for one. We are particulary aghast at the added burden for seniors who no longer have the benefit of substantial bumps in income that would allow them to keep pace with ST3 tax increases. In Issaquah, the possibility of being hit with a three-pronged hike in property taxes – the April school bond, the transportation bond and ST3 – should have those living paycheck-to-paycheck extremely concerned.Also, the Issaquah line’s routing to Bellevue is less than ideal, requiring an out-of-the-way transfer to reach Seattle. And the 25-year wait for trains to reach Issaquah is much too long. Tacoma and Everett already enjoy Sounder commuter rail service but are in line for light rail connections many years before Issaquah.Go back to the drawing board, Sound Transit. This “good enough” plan isn’t good enough for us.



 



 



 



 



 



 



Sound Transit 3 would add 58 miles of light rail routes and 39 stations. The plan includes a light-rail route from Issaquah to Bellevue that would connect with a line running from Seattle to Redmond.



 



 



 



 



Sound Transit 3Light rail in Issaquah. Although on the surface it sounds outlandish, the idea has become a possibility.Yet there’s a laundry list of things we dislike about the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 package.The cost, for one. We are particulary aghast at the added burden for seniors who no longer have the benefit of substantial bumps in income that would allow them to keep pace with ST3 tax increases. In Issaquah, the possibility of being hit with a three-pronged hike in property taxes – the April school bond, the transportation bond and ST3 – should have those living paycheck-to-paycheck extremely concerned.Also, the Issaquah line’s routing to Bellevue is less than ideal, requi

Once completed, light-rail trains will emerge from a tunnel, then run on elevated guideways from Bellevue Downtown Station over Interstate 405, before turning to a future station near Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

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