The County's Trail Master Plan site will be increasingly of interest to residents.
Although the Open Houses with display boards have been concluded, input may be done online here before 7/17.
In September, interactive workshops will be held so that different interest groups can hear each other's concerns.
On 12/1, Bellevue City Council included in the budget for next year:
“purchase or lease of a portion of the abandoned BNSF railroad corridor ($1 million)”
Although there are no specific plans on what parcel needs to be purchased, it is an indication of City commitment to be part of the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Committee and be a player in the issue.
There are many, many areas of the corridor where over the past one hundred years, residents have "encroached" upon the designated railroad right of way. The County clearly intends to claim the full width even though it isn't required for the trail. Major segments of roadways are in the ROW and the County will attempt to assert "Special Use Fees." This issue will need to be resolved in the courts. The County's analysis of these constraints may be viewed here.