Mike Bell / Jason Hampton
East Link Deputy Project Director / Community Outreach Specialist Sound Transit
East Link Light Rail Update”
Scribe: Sam Peterson Editor: Bob Holert Introduced by: Kevin Klustner
Eli Enger opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and with a prayer. Fred Barkman then introduced a guest, Marie Jensen with the City of Bellevue Transportation Department. Chris Boland announced the winner of the Alan Pratt award. And the winner was Alan Pratt! Wendy Fischer gave a tribute to past member Michael Carter. Kaj Pedersen then announced the importance of past presidents and how they can give guidance to the new President during the transition period. Coleen Turner volunteered to project manage the run. Chuck Kimbrough announced the upcoming adoption party. Most all of the needed positions have been filled (including drivers) but he encouraged all members to show up as it is a very worthy cause. Carmela, Sargent of Arms, invited one person from each table to come to the front of the room to guess how much money we have collected. Approximately $450 was the amount in the jar collected thus far! Tanya Franzen also spoke about the adoption party and mentioned that not as many kids are available to be at the event this year. She did say that this event will become more of a year-round program and that the Bellevue Lunch Rotary has an event in the Spring. She mentioned there will be games in the gymnasium such as Corn Hole! Sounds fun.
Kevin Klustner then introduced Jason Hampton of Sound transit. Jason shared a lot of statistics. “Sound Transit 101” – Sound Transit covers 1,000 square miles and approximately 3 million people. 1,500 people move to our region every week which has created huge congestion and caused traffic to double in this region in a short period of time. The good news is that Sound Transit is meeting the demand of population growth and Link light rail has recently overtaken bus ridership. There are 77,000 Link Light rail boarding’s every weekday. Sound Transit’s (Metro) buses are the work horse for the Eastside for now. Currently we have 22 light rail stations but by the time ST2 is completed, that number will grow to 50 stations. The region will have many more stations when ST3 is done in 2041. Bus Rapid Transit will begin running on the Eastside’s I-405 in 2024. ST3 will bring light rail to Issaquah in 2041.
Jason then handed the microphone to Mike Bell, Project Director for East Link Construction. Mike went into depth about the construction process. Construction started 2 years ago with a $3.6 Billion budget. June 2023 is the scheduled date for revenue service. It will appear to the public that Eastlink Light rail construction will be completed about 1.5 years prior to June 2023. However, this window of time is needed for systems work to ensure that light rail can safely operate. Mike then shared the construction timeline and went into detail about the I-90 floating bridge needing additional work to support a train. Mike used a combination of photos and videos illustrating the different stations from Mercer Island through South Bellevue into downtown Bellevue, Wilburton, the Spring District, Bel-Red and finally Redmond (Microsoft area). East Link will eventually make its way to Redmond Town Center.
There was then time for questions and answers. Sound Transit is still unsure of the Issaquah route, which will be determined in approximately 6 years. President Chris Boland then made closing announcements, one of which was those seeking a Blue Badge should attend the October 9th Board meeting.
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District 5030 - Essential Elements Workshop - 27th Oct: noon to 4:00p
Clubs across the district will come together to share ideas that working well, and ask for help in areas that aren’t going well. No need to recreate the wheel! All shared ideas are yours to take back to your club. Stealing ideas is encouraged! To sign up, please go to DacDB by clicking here.
Welcome to Janell Johnson - Our Newest Member
BBRC are pleased to welcome Janell Johnson to their fold. Janell is the Associate Development Director for the Village Theater and is responsible for the Endowment and Family Giving side of the theater’s activities. Before that Janell was with the Seattle Opera. Janell is from the WA originally.
Janell has two sons. One is serving in the military and is stationed in Japan, while the other is pursuing a professional soccer career in Europe. Her interests include Japanese culture, theater, soccer, travel and Latin dance. When she has moment, she also serves as board member with Cultural Access Washington and is the President-Elect with the Washington Planned Giving Council.
Janell from a young age has had a passion in working with others and in service to the community. She was a former Rotarian in Arizona, where she has experienced Rotary’s Service above Self and has appreciated Rotary’s ability to transcend race, age, gender, social status and religion in its service to the community. She sees this in the BBRC family, which is one of the reasons for her joining our club.
Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself to Janell as she gets more involved with our club.
Rotary First Harvest / 2017-2018 Community Report
Please check-out the great work Rotary First Harvest is doing throughout the community!
Here’s a sample . . . Food gathered between July 1 – August 31, 2018, 1.3M pounds with an estimated value of $3M – WOW!