Bellevue, Issaquah vote to support ST3 measure

Two Eastside cities are stepping into the debate over Sound Transit's ST3 proposal.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- City councils in Bellevue and Issaquah voted in favor of the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 measure Monday night, lending support to the massive and controversial project that will ultimately live or die with voters in November.

Critics of the plan are concerned about high costs and tax impacts on citizens.  Supporters see it as a necessary expense to provide reliable transit connections through the region.

The Eastside has seen particular opposition, especially in communities not served by ST3's plans.  Kirkland has also fought to keep light rail off its Cross KIrkland Corridor, a fight the city has, for now, won.

Redmond's city council will debate ST3 on Tuesday.  Other cities are in the process of preparing similar public debates at council meetings.

"We are hopeful that councils will stand with us," said Shefali Ranganathan with the Transportation Choices Coalition, "Council support is confirmation of that broad based support we know we have on the Eastside."

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