Media Contact: James Canning
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2016
EAST KING COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
UNITE TO SUPPORT PROPOSITION 1 ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
BELLEVUE, WA – Proposition 1 received an outpouring of support from East King County business and government transit advocates today during a press conference near the Bellevue Transit Center.
In attendance at the press conference supporting Proposition 1 were representatives of eastside employers such as Microsoft, REI, Expedia and Symetra. They were joined by small business owners, Bellevue Downtown Association members; the Mayors of Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah and community representatives. One-by-one, Eastside leaders stepped to the podium to state their support and highlight the benefits Proposition 1 will bring to Eastside communities
“Voter approval of Sound Transit Proposition 1 will transform the way Eastside residents commute to their jobs at economic growth centers here in Bellevue and throughout the region,” said Bellevue Mayor John Stokes. “We have a growing community that needs increased high capacity transit, especially as more people move to the Puget Sound.”
Redmond Mayor John Marchione said, “Each workday Redmond’s population doubles with employees arriving for their job. Voter approval of Proposition 1 will extend East Link light rail into Downtown Redmond from the Redmond Technology Center Station, thus removing thousands of cars from the freeway. Now is the time to invest is mass transit to maintain our quality of life.”
The Bellevue and Redmond City Councils last week passed resolutions urging voters to support the ballot measure to build a full-scale transit system. The Issaquah City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Sound Transit plan.
“Proposition 1 aligns with the City of Issaquah’s focus to make transit a centerpiece of our long-term development plans,” said Fred Butler, Mayor of Issaquah. “The passage of this critical line along I-90 would put us ahead of the transit development goals our region has been striving to reach since Forward Thrust’s defeat more than 40 years ago.”
The November ballot measure, with voter approval, will expand the regional light rail system to 116 miles, add new Bus Rapid Transit routes to I-405 and SR-522 and extend commuter rail service and express bus service.
The Bellevue Downtown Association also voted last week to support Proposition 1. In weighing the merits of Proposition 1, board members valued that the plan “establishes Bellevue as an expanded hub for future light rail access and bus rapid transit access with frequent, reliable connections between the region’s growth centers.”
During the press conference, Tony Williams, a small business owner and board member of the Bellevue Downtown Association said “Light rail connecting Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond and the rest of the Eastside will be a powerful catalyst for shaping future of economic development on our side of Lake Washington. Proposition 1 will also ensure tens-of-thousands of people from throughout the Puget Sound can reach major employment centers such as Microsoft, Boeing and Expedia while avoiding traffic gridlock.”
The Eastside business community has also been overwhelmingly supportive of the transit measure.
“Proposition 1 is an opportunity to upgrade our transportation system, and as a result, help maintain a great quality of life throughout the Puget Sound,” said Microsoft Government Affairs Director Irene Plenefisch. “Microsoft supports Proposition 1, and the expansion of Sound Transit, to make sure our transportation infrastructure grows along with our region and our economy.”
OneRedmond and the Issaquah Downtown Business Association announced their support some time ago while 21 Eastside businesses, including Costco, REI, Snapdoodle Toys and Marriott, sent a letter to Eastside city councils requesting they support Proposition 1 because it’s a “…critical transportation infrastructure plan that will provide for continued economic success…”
Visit www.MassTransitNow.com for more information on Proposition 1.