Debra Sinick

Washington’s King County to Buy The Rail Line-What’s Next? Will There Be a Trail, Rail or Both?

In King County, Kirkland News, Kirkland WA, rails to trails, Uncategorized on May 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm

The Seattle Times reported today that King County has agreed to the keep the BNSF rail line in the public domain.  A trail could (the operative word being could) be on the rail line sometime in the near future.  However, all that is to be decided in the future. 

Keith Ervin reports in The Times article:

“Port and county officials said the deal upholds the concept of “dual use” of the 42-mile corridor by rail commuters and trail users on foot or on bike. But many details wouldn’t be decided for months or years, and there is no assurance that either a trail or passenger trains would be a reality in the near future.”

The first step has been passed with county agreeing to the three way deal with the Port of Seattle and BNSF rail line.  The deal between the three must be signed by May 15th or there will be a huge financial penalty.

National Public Radio also had a story reporting on the latest update.  Check out this link to hear Liam Moriarty’s piece on the latest rail/trail news.

Much still needs to be decided and hashed out over whether there will be a trail or a commuter line or both.  There will be public hearings in which you can voice your opinion.  You can also contact King County Council Members and make your opinions known.

The Eastside Trail Advocates are holding a meeting on Thursday, May 8th at 7 PM at the Houghton Fire Station meeting room.  The address is 6602 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033.  This meeting will be a great opportunity to hear about the issues.

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