The state Department of Transportation awarded $6.7 million in grants to various King County programs yesterday, including $5.8 million to King County...

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The state Department of Transportation awarded $6.7 million in grants to various King County programs yesterday, including $5.8 million to King County Metro Transit to improve public transportation, particularly for low-income residents, seniors, youths and people with disabilities.

Other programs receiving grants include:

• Hopelink, the Eastside’s largest social-service agency, was awarded $295,000 to purchase seven vehicles for the Northshore Senior Center in Bothell and Neighborhood House, an organization that offers services to low-income individuals.

• Mount Si Senior Center received $211,000 to support its “dial-a-ride” service for the upper Snoqualmie Valley.

• Senior Services of Seattle was granted $350,000 to fund its “dial-a-ride” service.

Snohomish County programs received more than $1.5 million in special-needs grants. In all, the Department of Transportation awarded more than $50 million in public-transportation grants statewide.


Festivities to launch Crossroads expansion

A public groundbreaking for the expansion of the Crossroads Community Center is set for 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

State legislators will join Bellevue Mayor Connie Marshall, and refreshments will be served. The expansion and renovation will add 4,000 square feet to the existing building at 16000 N.E. 10th St., including a warming kitchen, increased storage space and a large multiuse room that will seat up to 150 people.

The center will close from June 1 until January. For information about temporary locations for programs, visit the city’s Web site at or call 425-452-4874.


Sound Transit sets meetings about plans

Sound Transit is holding open houses this week to gather public comment on its long-range transportation plan, beginning tomorrow at the Issaquah Public Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

Other Eastside meetings are scheduled June 2 at Bellevue’s Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way; June 7 at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St.; June 8 at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.; and June 9 at Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St.

All meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m.

A lunchtime meeting is scheduled next Tuesday in Bellevue’s Key Center Building, 601 108th Ave. N.E., from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, go to or call 800-201-4900.


High-school choirs to give spring concert

Bellevue High School’s award-winning Bella Canta and Concert choirs will perform their annual Spring Fling Concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Kelly Leonard directs the two groups.

The church is at 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau